Allie Costa is a Los Angeles-based actress working in film, TV, theatre, and voiceover. She can usually be found on a set, in a theatre, or in a secondhand bookstore. She always has energy to burn and a song to sing. When not performing the works of others, she's writing her own. Occasionally, she sleeps.
• Allie booked a role in an experimental, interactive virtual reality film inspired by 20th century philosophy. Production begins in late spring.
• Two Girls will have its premiere Los Angeles production at the Urban Legends Festival, running April 28th through May 14th at Studio/Stage. In this critically-acclaimed duologue written and directed by Allie Costa, two women (Carene Rose Mekertichyan, Sierra Santana) emerge from a violent attack. Learn more about the festival. Get tickets.
• On May 1st, One Minute Plays: A Practical Guide to Tiny Theatre will have its official book launch at Drama Book Shop in New York City. Three of Allie's plays - Seven, Pit Stop, and We Can Be Heroes - are in the anthology, which was published by Routledge and edited by Steve Ansell and Rose Burnett Bonczek.
• On May 21st, Boxes Are Magic will have a staged reading at Samuel French Bookshop in Hollywood along with other Little Black Dress INK semi-finalists. Read Allie's blog about the inspiration behind the script.
• Who She Could Have Been will be produced June 8th-10th in Ireland at the Where We Are Now Festival, produced by The Rabbit's Riot Theatre Company. The story involves a couple struggling to rebuild and reconnect after losing their child. Written by Allie Costa, directed by Treasa Nealon and Sonia Norris. Check out the full lineup and get tickets.
• Allie booked and filmed an episode of a streaming comedy series. She plays Luna, a cult member whose desire to follow the rules overrides her sense of self-preservation. The episode will air later this year.
• Allie is the voice of the ominous narrator in the video game Aether Twins. Listen to a sneak peek.
• Second Service is now in post-production. In the film, Allie plays a girl on a prestigious tennis team with no tolerance for bad players.
• Stay tuned for the new post-apocalyptic series Remain Calm. Allie is a guest star in the second episode.
• Allie plays Beethoven's first student (and first love) in For Elise. Now in post-production, the film involved both motion capture and voiceover work.
• Allie performed in Play Club Cabaret at the Complex in Hollywood. The show is filled with totally rad songs from the 90s. We got your Britney, your boy bands, your grunge, your alt rock, not to mention your fly 90s musicals and Disney Renaissance tunes.
• There Will Be Polar Bears made its debut at the Blank Theatre in Hollywood. Written by Allie Costa, directed by Bailey Bagheri, this climate change dramedy features Maria Bosque as Nicola, Jose Donado as Bjorn, and Katie Wegmann as Aurora. This was one of five new plays produced by Shotz Los Angeles in honor of Earth Day and the March for Science.
• Sugar and Spice was selected for the inaugural Athena Cats New Works Festival and had a staged reading at City Garage Theatre in Santa Monica. Written and directed by Allie Costa, this heartwarming story finds adult siblings Felix (Spencer Weitzel) and Fiona (Allie Costa) searching for the secret family recipe - and maybe some personal truths while they're at it.
• Testimony had a developmental reading at The Hudson Theatre in Hollywood. Logline: When a crime hits close to home, a detective re-examines her life and her legacy. Featuring Allie Costa as Olivia, Laura Michl as Libby, Josh Bednarsky as Mark, Susan Louise O'Connor as Eleanor, Christopher Bunyi as the defense attorney, and Brianne Sanborn as Young Olivia, with Rosie Mandel providing stage directions. Testimony was written and directed by Allie Costa. The reading was made possible by 2Cents Theatre Group.
• Allie performed in the New Voices Project, a workshop/concert of songs from new musicals.
• She Has Seen the Wolf was produced at Lake Sumter State College. Written by Allie Costa and directed by Amber Karlins, this dark modern-day retelling of Little Red Riding Hood featured Kennedy Anthony as Scarlett, Andre Keegan as Jasper, and Brian Largent as Officer Graff. She Has Seen the Wolf was published in Best of PlayGround Los Angeles and is available for licensing and production.
• Little Swan, a Pas de Deux was produced at the Rover Dramawerks 365 Women a Year Festival in Plano, Texas. The festival featured shows about extraordinary women in past and present history. Little Swan was written by Allie Costa and directed by Matthew Stepan, with Jenna Caire as Anna Pavlova, Nicole Denson as Madame, and Carroll Herring as Marguerite. Little Swan was published in Best of PlayGround Los Angeles and is available for licensing and production.
• The View From Here had a reading in Los Angeles. Written by Allie Costa, inspired by Andrew Wyeth's painting Christina's World and its subject, Anna Christina Olson, the piece was recently published in the Smith and Kraus anthology 105 Five-Minute Plays for Study and Performance.
• Don't Shoot the Messenger Pigeon had a successful run at the Barrington Stage Company. Written by Allie Costa and directed by Julianne Boyd, this dark comedy reminds us to never doubt a true professional. The production at the 10x10 New Play Festival featured Jane Pfitsch and Lucky Gretzinger.
• Curve of the Earth had its world premiere at The Hudson Theatre in Hollywood. Life is a journey, not a destination - and in this story, life has led both an unmoored American woman and an underemployed Scottish artist to a small cave carved into the side of a mountain in Ireland. Written by Allie Costa, directed by Nancy Dobbs Owen, featuring Michael Armstrong Barr and Sarah Jo Provost, produced by 2Cents Theatre Group at INK Fest 2017.
• Allie performed her piece Two Girls alongside Esther Mira at The Future is Female Festival in Los Angeles. In this critically-acclaimed duologue, two women emerge from a violent attack.
• Two Girls was selected for the Thalia Festival and produced at Roebuck Theater in New York. Written by Allie Costa and directed by Denise Ivanoff, the NYC production featured Melissa Walters and Sierra Meshele Williams alternating with Leslie Class and Kelly Erickson.
• Two Girls was selected for The Future is Female Festival - Atlanta and had a staged reading at Onion Man Productions. Written by Allie Costa, directed by Rebekah Suellau. Net proceeds from the event benefitted Raksha, a non-profit dedicated to serving Georgia's South Asian community and ensuring healing, empowerment, and justice to South Asian survivors of domestic and sexual violence.
• Two Girls was selected for The Future is Female Festival - MPLS and had a staged reading at The Playwrights' Center in Minneapolis. Written by Allie Costa, produced by Pretty Shrew Productions.
• Allie attended the Hollywood premiere of Smile. Allie is a dancer in the film, which will soon be hitting the festival circuit.
• A Moment of Silence was part of HERSTORY 2: We Rise, a festival produced by NOplays in New Haven, Connecticut in honor of Women's History Month and International Women's Day. Inspired by the life of Leelah Alcorn, A Moment of Silence was written by Allie Costa; the New Haven production was directed by Moira Malone. Read Allie's interview with NOplays.
• Dear Neighbor, a comedy written and directed by Allie Costa, had a staged reading in Los Angeles featuring Gisla Stringer and Markhum Stansbury.
• Quality Assurance, written by Allie Costa, directed by Mary Brophy, had another performance at LCB Dinner Theater in Florida.
• Boxes Are Magic was named a Little Black Dress INK 2017 semi-finalist.
• At Your Service was named a Lakeshore Players Theatre semi-finalist.
• Don't Shoot the Messenger Pigeon was selected for the Barrington Stage Company 10x10 New Play Festival and will run February 16th through March 5th in the Berkshires. In this dark comedy written by Allie Costa and directed by Julianne Boyd, a mafia messenger in a career crisis meets his match while out on assignment. Featuring Jane Pfitsch as Brooke and Lucky Gretzinger as the Messenger.
• Allie performed her original piece Lovebirds at Samuel French's Monologue-a-Looza. At the same event, Shannon Martinous performed a monologue adapted from Allie's comedy Altared State.
• Allie played Snow White in a staged reading of the new play Snow White and the Eighth Dwarf.
• Allie played Alice, a bold and formidable FBI agent, in a staged reading of a new script by Herman Poppe.
• Allie performed her original piece Wonder Woman at The Lyric Hyperion. Produced by Bad and Nasty Events, the cabaret was a benefit for the ACLU.
• The world premiere of Cut and Run was produced at This is Water Theatre in Texas. At this hair salon, it's live and let dye. Written by Allie Costa and directed by Andrew Roblyer, Cut and Run featured Sara Marie Berrett as Holly and Kathleen Teodoro as Olive. The festival featured eight plays related to the themes of risk and vulnerability.
• Nebulous Fix, written by Allie Costa, directed by Mary Brophy, had a second run at LCB Dinner Theater in Florida.
• Party of Two had a staged reading at The Bread & Roses Theatre in London as part of Where Do We Go From Here? Produced by Goblin Baby Theatre Co, the festival showcased new works reacting to the UK referendum and the US election. Party of Two was written by Allie Costa; the UK reading was directed by Su Gilroy, featuring Rebecca Pryle as Erica, Calum Darroch as Scott, and Tessa Hart as Aida. All profits from the show were donated to the organization Women for Refugee Women.
• Little Swan, a Pas de Deux was produced at the Roebuck Theater in New York. Written by Allie Costa and inspired by the life of prima ballerina Anna Pavlova, Little Swan was published in Best of PlayGround Los Angeles and is available for licensing and production. The New York production was directed by Michael Piatkowski and featured Kristen Ladd and Jade Anderson alternating as Anna and Josephine Pizzino and Kinga Nowak alternating as Madame.
• Allie's plays Seven, Pit Stop, and We Can Be Heroes were published in One Minute Plays: A Practical Guide to Tiny Theatre. The anthology was edited by Steve Ansell and Rose Burnett Bonczek, the directors of Gi60, the international one-minute play festival. In Seven, a young man attempts to ask out the object of his affection. In We Can Be Heroes, two best friends decide to be the protagonists of their own stories. A long drive leads to a brief exchange in Pit Stop. The anthology was published by Routledge and is available on Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk.
• Allie's play The View From Here was published in the Smith and Kraus anthology 105 Five-Minute Plays for Study and Performance. The View From Here has roots in Andrew Wyeth's painting Christina's World and its subject, Anna Christina Olson. The anthology was edited by John Capecci and Irene Ziegler and is available on Amazon.
• Anniversary, written by Allie Costa, was selected for Fast & Furious and performed at Spokane Stage Left in Washington.
• Dear Neighbor was staged at Price Center Theatre in San Diego. Written by Allie Costa, this neighborly comedy was directed by Michael Wogulis and featured Amin Fozi and Justin Sun.
• Boxes Are Magic had another staged reading in Prescott.
• Allie can be seen as Jill in Nilangana Banerjee's photo exhibition The Lullaby, currently showing at the Schomburg Gallery in Santa Monica.
• On January 20th, We're Not Playing, a nationwide event conceived by Little Black Dress INK, offered staged readings of new works by female writers responding to our current political, social, and economic climate. Each event had a different lineup. Allie was involved in four of the events. Details below...
• The world premiere staged readings of Party of Two and Private Citizen were presented at Samuel French in Hollywood as part of We're Not Playing. Both stories were written and directed by Allie Costa. Both take place at eateries, but firmly reside at opposite ends of the tonal spectrum. Party of Two featured Laura Michl as Erica, Spencer Weitzel as Scott, and Allie Costa as Aida. Private Citizen featured Julia Cho as Isra, Meghan Lewis as Adelaide, Maiya Reaves as Saoirse, and Ben Campbell as Hench. Allie also directed On a Wire in the Air, written by Jen Huszcza, featuring Carina Haller, Charmee Taylor, Leah Zhang, Mark Jacobson, Shanel Moore, and Jessica Rau.
• In addition to performing at We're Not Playing in Hollywood, Allie was also the casting director and producer of the event, with co-organizer Kitty Lindsay acting as host. The packed house was treated to plays, screenplays, monologues, and spoken word pieces from writers all over the world. Get the scoop!
• Boxes Are Magic was staged at We're Not Playing in Prescott. Written by Allie Costa, Boxes Are Magic sheds light on a serious subject - with lots of laughs. The Arizona reading featured Laurel Calhoun as Yasmine and Julie Cargill as Cali and was directed by Frank Malle.
• Allie's critically-acclaimed duologue Two Girls was presented at Knox College under the direction of Jayel Gant. Also on the We're Not Playing Galesburg lineup: the first-ever staged reading of This Provincial Life, a (literally) moving comedy written by Allie Costa, directed by Hanna Levine, featuring Sonya Fleming as Josie and Courtney Harris as Kathryn.
• Two of Allie's plays were presented at Red Earth Theatre in Sedona: Boxes Are Magic, with Marlou Elewaut as Yasmine and Terra Shelman as Cali, and Two Girls, featuring Shaeri Richards and Ashlee Threlkeld. This was Red Earth's first installment in their Reflections Through Theatre series.
• She Has Seen the Wolf had a staged reading at Samuel French Bookshop in Hollywood as part of an afternoon of new feminist works presented by Working Title and the Women's Center for Creative Work. In this powerful story about street harassment and assault, a modern-day Red Riding Hood asserts herself after receiving unwanted attention from a wolf. She Has Seen the Wolf was written and directed by Allie Costa. The reading featured Allie Costa as Scarlett, Chris Bunyi as Jasper, and Tahmus Rounds as Officer Graff. She Has Seen the Wolf is available for production and licensing and was published in the Best of PlayGround Los Angeles 2016 anthology.
• Principal photography for Smile: A Musical wrapped in December. Allie plays an enthusiastic dancer from the eighties in the film, which was written and directed by Sarah Phillips.
• Private Citizen, Allie's new politically-charged play, was named an NYCPlaywrights semi-finalist.
• Allie played Logainne Schwartzandgrubenierre in a special one-night-only performance of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, produced by Play Club West in Hollywood.
• Allie performed in CATbaret, a celebrity musical/variety show fundraiser for Kitty Bungalow, a feral cat rescue and socialization facility. CATbaret was held at The Avalon in Hollywood.
• Allie performed with Alien vs. Musical at a special screening of Aliens held by Frights Feast Film.
• Allie portrayed Princess Amelia, daughter of King George III, in The Subject, written by Carolyn Kras, staged at Samuel French in Hollywood.
• Allie played Cecilia in the film Academy of Eden, set at a boarding school for troubled teens.
• Check out Allie's article Back to Basics: How to Be Yourself While Pretending to Be Someone Else on Actors Access.
• Click here for Allie's resume. Check out Allie's credits on IMDb. Film/TV credits include 90210, Unusual Suspects, Goldfish Love, Pizza With Aeneas. Theatre credits include Spring Awakening, Hamlet, Gypsy, Wake, and Alien vs. Musical.
• Listen to Allie's musical theatre and animation voiceover demo on SoundCloud. Allie can be heard a variety of original cast soundtracks.
• Visit Allie on Facebook.