Allison Witham

Last updated

June 23, 2020

Allison’s current news

Allison will be a host of the MN Fringe's online fundraiser on July 31st.






Allison Witham is a local Twin Cities’ performer, director, author, teacher, lecturer, and deviser. When not in the rehearsal room, Allison teaches English at South High School in Minneapolis. She received BA’s in English Lit and Theatre Arts and MEd. in education from the U of M. Allison is a core and founding member of Transatlantic Love Affair, a company member with Umbrella Collective, teaching artist at the Guthrie, and former board member of Theatre Novi Most.  Additionally, Allison has been honored to have perfomed and/or taught with The Guthrie Theatre, Black Label Movement, the Playwright's Center, Walking Shadow, Frank Theatre, Theatre Forever, Artistry, Strike Theatre, Mainly Me Productions, Live Action Set, Jon Ferguson Theater, Stages Theatre Company, and Freshwater Theatre. 


Theatre: Acting Most Recent (Download Resume for full list)

Year, Role, Play, Director/Company, Theater 

2020, Ensemble, Borealis, Isabel Nelson/Transatlantic Love Affair, Illusion Theater

2019, The Magician, OPEN, Amy Rummenie/Walking Shadow, Artbox

2019, Ensemble, Rinky Dink Strikes Back!, Duck Washington/Rinky Dink, Bryant Lake BOwl

2019 Sarah Connor, Mad as Nel: or How to Lose a Bly in 10 Days, Josh Carson, MN Fringe Festival 

2019 Trixie, The Cradle Will Rock, Wendy Knox, Frank Theater, Gremlin Theater

2019 Ensemble, The Devout, Isabel Nelson, Transatlantic Love Affair, The Illusion

2019 On Book Actor, Off Book, Maggie Sotos and Sean Dillon, HUGE Theater

2018 Ensemble, Two Rum Parties, Laura Leffler, Umbrella Collective, Bryant Lake Bowl 

2018 Ensemble, The Visit, Wendy Knox, Frank Theatre

2018 Maggie Murphy, A Justice League of Their Own, Josh Carson, Mainly Me Productions, MN Fringe 

2018 Self, Couple Fight: The Musical, Weggel-Reed Productions, MN Fringe

2018 Agent Smith/Ensemble, 5/5s of the Matrix, Transatlantic Love Affair, MN Fringe

2018  Monologue Performer  Park Sauare Annual Gala, Park Square

2018  Ensemble  The (Almost) Complete and (Mostly) Accurate History of Alcohol, Mainly Me, Brave New Workshop ETC Theatre

2018  Ensemble- 21 Extremely Bad Breakups- Amy Rummenie/Walking Shadow, Red Eye 

2017  Ensemble- North Pole, 1979- Fotis/Kraft, Strike Theatre

2017  Blackbeard, Ensemble- Privateers- Derric Lee Miller (TLA)- The Illusion Theatre 

2017  Kenny- When I Nod My Head You Hit it with a Hammer- J. Ferguson, S. Richardson- The Southern

2017  Isabel, Anton- Swine- Julliete Carrillo- Playwright's Center

2017  Reader- Pride Installment, Matthew Foster- American Civic Forum

2017  Josie- Modern Prophet- D. Runnals, M. DiSciorio- Swandive Theatre's Veggie Stock

2017- Ensemble- W;t- Ben McGovern, Artisitry (Ivey Award for emotional impact)

2017- Mr. Thompson, Ensemble- Promise LandIsabel Nelson and Diogo Lopes, Guthrie (Dowling Studio)

2016-  Jimmy, Henry, Ensemble- 105 Proof-   Diogo Lopes, The Illusion Theatre

2016- Il Dottore Balanzone- The Venetian Twins-  Jon Ferguson, The Southern Theatre

2016- Scripted Actor- Off Book- Script by Heather Meyer, Huge Improv Theatre

2016- Melantho-  Penelope-  Laura Leffler McCabe, MN Fringe Festival (Matthews Park)

2016- Ensemble- Ballad of the Pale Fisherman-  Isabel Nelson,  The Southern Theatre

2016- Actor 1- Comedian,  Lydee: Or Now… , Harrison Rivers, SU  SPACE

2016- Busching, Fatzer/Savanah, Theatre Novi Most, Brecht Festival

2016- B, June, Savage Umbrella, The Southern

2015- Nurse/Ensemble, Emily/Eurydice, Transatlantic Love Affair, Illusion Theater

2015- Alice, Sweet Dreams Alfie, Savage Umbrella, SU SPACE

2015- Jimmy/Ensemble,105 Proof, Transatlantic Love Affair, MN Fringe Festival

2015- Ensemble, The Nature Crown, Theatre Forever, Guthrie (Dowling)

2015- Millie/Ensemble, These Old Shoes, Transatlantic Love Affair, Illusion Theater


  • Core and founding member of Transatlantic Love Affair
  • Company member of Savage Umbrella
  • Core and founding member of Rinky Dink Operations
  • Teaching Artist at Guthrie Theatre


  • Instructor/director- Creative Collaboration 4380- Fear: An Exploration through Performance, University of Minnesota 2020
  • Edith Gets High- by Keith Hovis, MN Fringe Festival 2019
  • 2018 "A Morbid History of Sons and Daughters" Southern Theatre, The Hovis/Vincent Experience, Twin Cities Horror Festival
  • 2018 "Camp: A Midsummer Night's Dream" Lake Harriet Middle Theatre, Lake Harriet Drama 
  • 2018 "The 15 Minute Hamlet," Stages Theatre Teen Conservatory
  • 2017 Selected slapstick scenes, Stages Theatre Teen Conservatory
  • 2017 "The Press: an original play" Stages Theatre Teen Conservatory
  • 2010 "College....What a Joke!" co directed with Billy Mullaney U of M Xperimental Theatre


  • Instructor/director- Creative Collaboration 4380- Fear: An Exploration through Performance, University of Minnesota 2020
  • Core Teacher- Summer Intensive for middle and high schoolers- Guthrie Theater 2019
  • Mime coach: White Bear Lake High School
  • Physical Comedy Workshop- Guthrie Theatre 2019
  • Physical Approaches I- Guthrie Theatre 2019
  • Space work and mime- HUGE Theatre 2018 
  • Slapstick Theatre Track II teacher- Stages Theatre Company Acting Conservatory 2017-2018
  • Co-Taught Clowning and Physical Comedy with Teen Summer Intensive with Jon Ferguson- Guthrie Theatre 2018
  • Devised Theatre Track II teacher- Stages Theatre Company Acting Conservatory 2016-2017
  • Co-taught Commedia Dell'arte performance techniques workshop with Jon Ferguson- U of M 2016
  • Co-taughtPenumbra Social Justice Theatre/English Course at South High School with Tinne Rosenmeier and H. Adam Harris 2016
  • Clowning workshops- co-taught with Jon Ferguson 2015 to present
  • Physical theatre/collaboration/devising/clowning substitute with Stages Theatre Company 2015
  • Mime and devising workshops co-taught with Transatlantic Love Affair 2011 to present
  • English teacher at South High School 2012-present 
  • Co-taught Hands On Art Class collaborating with In the Heart of the Beast Theatre, Open Book MN, and the Illusion Theatre- South High School 2011


University of Minnesota Twin Cities

  • 2011 Master’s of Education/Initial License for English Education
  •  2010: BAs in theatre arts and English literature- magna cum laude


2018 MN Theater Awards: Exceptional New Work Honoree (with Derek Lee Miller and the ensemble of The Privateer)

2017 Ivey Award for emotional impact (production award) W;t

2012 Ivey Award for emotional impact (company award) Ballad of the Pale Fisherman

2010 Charles Washburn Nichols Service in Theatre Award

2010  U of M Theatre Arts and Dance Excellence Award

2009-2010 Elected U of M Theatre Arts and Dance Peer Advisor 

2009 Invited speaker at Tony Kushner’s Honorary Doctorate Ceremony

2007 The Xperimental Theatre Scholarship for Excellence in a Season



Irish, German, English, and Italian dialects, mime, clowning, tumbling, circus training, mime, teaching, stage combat, devising, collaborative theatre, and improvisation.

Download Allison’s résumé