Allyson Currin Stokes

Allyson Currin Stokes

Title:
Faculty, Theatre
Phone: 202-994-6178
Email:
acurrin@gwu.edu

Allyson Currin Stokes is a two-time Helen Hayes-nominated playwright and D.C. area actress. Her plays have been produced locally at Theatre Alliance, Charter Theatre, Source Theatre Company, Washington Shakespeare Company and Church Street Theatre. As an actress she has appeared at Catalyst Theatre, Everyman, Rep Stage, Signature, Round House, Washington Stage Guild, Washington Shakespeare Company, Studio, Olney, and more, in addition to her work in television, commercials and film. She is a member of Actors Equity, the Screen Actors Guild and The Dramatists Guild.

Currin is the author of over thirty plays including HIGH SCHOOL ALIEN (commissioned and premiered by Cincinnati Playhouse, 2015), CAESAR AND DADA (WSC Avant Bard), HERCULES IN RUSSIA (Doorway Arts Ensemble), UNLEASHED! (The John F. Kennedy Center), THE DANCING PRINCESSES (Imagination Stage), TREADWELL: BRIGHT AND DARK (American Century Theatre), BENCHED (Pinky Swear Productions), CHURCH OF THE OPEN MIND* and THE SUBJECT (Charter Theatre), LEARNING CURVES (Washington Shakespeare Company) and AMSTEL IN TEL AVIV* and DANCING WITH OURSELVES (Source Theatre Company).  Her new musical SILVER BELLES (with composer-lyricist Matt Conner), commissioned by Tony Award-winning Signature Theatre, will premiere there in November of 2016, directed by Eric Schaeffer.  Currin is a founding member of The Welders, a DC-based playwrights’ collective, which produced her play THE CAROLINA LAYAWAY GRAIL as its inaugural production in 2014.  She has written original works with “musica aperta” that have premiered at The Strathmore Arts Center and The Landsburg Theatre: “musica aperta” also presented the national tour of her new play THE INTERIOR CASTLE in summer of 2015.  She has premiered other original works at The National Museum for Women in the Arts, The Tivoli Theatre, Washington Jewish Theatre and the Source Theatre Festival.  As an actor she has appeared at Signature Theatre, Round House Theatre, Everyman Theatre, Rep Stage, Olney Theatre Center, and many other theatres, in addition to her work in television and film.  She is a member of Actors Equity Association, SAG/AFTRA and is the current DC Representative for The Dramatists Guild.  Currin has taught at several universities and schools, including St. Mary’s College, Goucher College and The American School in Switzerland, and has been on the theatre faculty of The George Washington University for the past seventeen years.  She is the outgoing National Playwriting Program Chair (Region 2) for the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, and is the recipient of the Gold Medallion Award, the highest regional teaching honor presented by The Kennedy Center.  *She has twice been nominated for the Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding New Play, and has been Playwright-in-Residence with First Draft, The Shenandoah Playwrights Retreat, and Theatre J’s “Locally Grown” Initiative.  She was also a Playwright Observer at The Eugene O’Neill Center in summer of 2015, and has been the recipient of numerous honors for her work as a playwright.  Please visit her website at www.allysoncurrin.com or www.thewelders.org.