My name is Allison Shea Reed and I am an actor, singer, playwright, and avid Monty Python and the Holy Grail fan.
I am also the Founder and Artistic Director of RedWit Theatre, for which the mandate is not just to produce great work but work that matters. I created RedWit Theatre in order to put authentic stories on stage that champion representation through the collaboration with exceptional neurodivergent artists who share my frustration with the lack of accurate representation of mental illness and difference in the media.
I graduated from the New Studio on Broadway's Acting and Musical Theatre program at NYU Tisch with her BFA in Drama. While studying at NYU my favorite credits include leading roles in "A Little Night Music" and "Kiss Me Kate." Although I've been writing & performing since I was quite small, it wasn't until my experience at NYU, where I wrote my first (acapella) Musical entitled: "Whackjob" and used one of my electives to take Creative writing, that I sparked a serious interest in playwriting.
In 2017, I performed in my one-act play A-Door Me which advanced to the Semi-Finals of the New York New Works Festival and my full-length play Living with Olivia Cadence Donovan, a play about not just surviving but living with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, completed a week-long run as part of the New York Theatre Festival. I have since produced and performed in the two Canadian runs of Living with Olivia back to my hometown of Toronto, most recently with a brand new second act at the Young Centre of the Performing Arts. My recent performance credits include Emily West in Living with Olivia Cadence Donovan at the Young Centre for the Performing Arts, Jamie in timebomb as part of the Artists in Residence Festival, Sabrina Daldry in In the Next Room with RedWit Theatre, and Annie in A-Door Me as part of the New York New Works Festival.
I have a black belt in karate, am national show choir champion, and was a part of the top 100 in "Over the Rainbow" Andrew Lloyd Webber's Search for Dorothy in Canada. I am represented by Sandra Gillis and Sean Kaufmann of Premier Artists.