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.
• Femme Noir, written by Allie Costa, will have its world premiere in Los Angeles this November. In the vein of classic noir stories such as Double Indemnity, this one-act play revolves around a female private investigator hired by a notorious playboy to solve a murder in 1944. The show will run November 6th-9th at the Miles Memorial Playhouse in Santa Monica, directed by Ricka Fisher and produced by Green Light Productions. For more information on all four of the plays selected for GLO 2014, please visit greenlightproductions.org and read the press release at BroadwayWorld.
• Allie is attached to play Clara Bow, Hollywood's first It Girl, in the new musical Starring Clara Bow. Listen to Allie sing songs from the demo.
• Allie has been hired to narrate an audio book, the biography of a young woman who grew up in Italy during World War II.
• Allie will perform in a reading of the musical Limberlost in Los Angeles on Sunday, October 19th.
• Allie's new play Music of the Mind will have a reading Tuesday, October 21st at The Complex Theater in Hollywood. The premise: Afraid she is going mad, a young woman escapes her birthday party and finds solace in her older brother. Music of the Mind is one of ten plays selected for Play Club West's 100 Minutes of Insanity event.
• You Me & Her will be screened at the Rhode Island International Film Festival on Sunday, October 26th. Ranked as one of the top 12 Festivals in the United States, RIIFF is also a qualifying festival for the Short Film Academy Award.
• Tofurkey Day, a comedy written by Allie Costa, has been seen in Florida (where it was named Best of the Fest, Audience Choice), Los Angeles, San Diego, and the UK. It has been selected for the Hard Candy Christmas festival and will be performed at Charles Stewart Howard Playhouse in Los Angeles December 6th through December 14th.
• Allie's short play She Walks had a reading in the UK, as part of She Writes at Roundabout Nights. Produced by 17 Percent, the event coincided with the Rochester Literature Festival. The play is based on the life and work of Ada Lovelace. Ada, the daughter of poet Lord Byron, is often called the world's first computer programmer.
• You Me & Her was screened at the Down Under Berlin Film Festival and the Temecula Valley International Film & Music Festival.
• Allie recorded more songs for the musical Starring Clara Bow, in which she plays Clara Bow, Hollywood's first "It" Girl.
• Femme Noir was selected for The Naked Expedition Project and had a staged reading at TheaterLab in New York City. The reading was directed by Tiffany Greene and featured Lila Donnolo, Alban Merdani, and Tangela Large.
• Allie performed in readings of winning screenplays at the Broad Humor Film Festival.
• Allie participated in a reading of the musical Fentor.
• Tofurkey Day had a reading at Drama West in Los Angeles.
• Tofurkey Day had a reading in the UK as part of She Writes, produced by 17 Percent. Allie is the first international writer to be selected by the organization.
• Allie is currently appearing in Hi-Tech Hijack, a cycle of three musical comedies dealing with life in the digital age. She plays:
• This Used to Be My Playground, one of Allie's original plays, was selected for 100 Minutes of Genderless Plays and had a reading at Play Club West.
• Allie performed at the 4x10 Cabaret, produced by New Musicals Inc.
• Femme Noir, Allie's original play set in 1944 Los Angeles, has been named a GLO 2014 finalist.
• When I Hear Peace was screened at Warner Brothers. In the film, Allie plays Diane, a girl trying to keep her family together. Watch the trailer.
• Allie completed 31 Plays in 31 Days.
• Allie played Mirela in a reading of the musical Solstice Ball.
• Allie was a guest performer at Kevin Yee and J. Elaine Marcos' hit cabaret in Los Angeles.
• You Me & Her was screened at the Norwegian International Film Festival.
• Allie recorded more tracks for Starring Clara Bow, a new musical in which she plays the legendary screen actress.
• Allie's comedic play Tofurkey Day was chosen as Best of the Fest at the Girl Play festival.
• Allie played Rhoda in a reading of The Bad Seed.
• In the funny film You Me & Her, Anna (Shannon Woodward of Raising Hope) runs into alternate versions of herself. Allie plays the 16-year-old version of Anna; Tina Majorino (Veronica Mars) plays Anna's roommate. The movie was written and directed by Sarah Doyle, one of eight ladies selected for the AFI Directing Workshop for Women. Following successful screenings at the Directors Guild of America and AFI, You Me & Her had its world premiere on July 12th at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood as part of Etheria Film Night, where it won the Audience Choice Award. Watch the trailer.
• Allie booked and shot The Hopes, a comedy pilot cast by Jory Weitz (Napoleon Dynamite).
• Allie booked and shot a heartbreaking episode of the new dramatic series Remain Calm.
• Who She Could Have Been had its world premiere production in Toronto. Written by Allie Costa, the play follows a couple struggling to rebuild and reconnect after losing their child. It was produced by Black Rabbit Theatre and directed by Dan Thompson as part of the Themes of Grief series at The Box Toronto. Camila Diaz-Verela played Simi and Josh Clayton played Rhys.
• Allie's pieces Glitter and Smoke, Seven, and Do I Know You? were selected for Flashfest, produced by Playsmiths at the Manhattan Theatre Club.
• Allie played Liza, a girl in awe of her drama teacher and in love with her best friend, in a reading of Mary Steelsmith's play Dancing With Ms. Liza.
• Allie reprised her role as Dawson in the musical Fauntleroy for a staged reading in Los Angeles.
• Tofurkey Day was selected for the Girl Play festival, produced by The Women's Theatre Project, and had a staged reading in Florida.
• Two of Allie's short pieces, Any Last Words and Seven, were selected for the first-ever Gi60 #NextGen festival. Performances were held at the Tantrum Theatre in Brooklyn and at The New Workshop Theatre at Brooklyn College.
• Allie's monologue Anniversary was selected for Gi60 2014 and performed at the Viaduct Theatre, Dean Clough in Halifax, UK.
• Spies, lies, and alibis: Allie's comedy Breaking Cover was a semi-finalist in the Rover Dramawerks short play competition.
• Allie played Rose in a reading of the new musical Youth is the Time.
• Allie played Sam, the precocious daughter of an agoraphobic mortician, in the West Coast premiere of Wake. This critically acclaimed play written by Carey Crim and produced by SeaGlass Theatre had a wonderful run at the Fremont Centre Theatre. Read reviews.
• Little Swan, a Pas de Deux, written by Allie Costa, was one of six plays named Best of PlayGround-LA for the 2013-2014 season. The selected plays were published in the Best of PlayGround Los Angeles 2014 anthology and had staged readings at the Zephyr Theatre in Hollywood. Little Swan was directed by Peter J. Kuo and featured Betsy Reisz as Anna Pavlova, Kathy Bell Denton as Madame, and Patricia Fructuoso as Marguerite.
• Altared State, a comedy written and directed by Allie Costa, had a reading at Drama West on May 17th.
• Who She Could Have Been was a semi-finalist in Little Black Dress INK's Female Playwrights Project. It had a staged reading at the Sedona Arts Center in Arizona, directed by Shondra Jepperson, starring Michelle Lambeau and Thomas G. Davis. Discover the story behind the story.
• For Valentina, a monologue written by Allie, was selected for The Apron Strings Project. Inspired by a vintage apron collection, the production benefited The Retreat, a domestic violence shelter. The show was performed at Vail-Leavitt Music Hall in Riverhead, New York.
• Allie performed in Got Musical at the Colony Theatre. The evening included excerpts from 15 brand-new musicals being developed by ANMT.
• Allie's play Can You Keep a Secret? was a semi-finalist in 10 by 10 in the Triangle, an international play festival.
• Allie performed songs from the new musicals Invisible and New York Society for the Suppression of Vice at 4x10's premiere concert.
• Tofurkey Day, a comedy written by Allie Costa, was selected for the Variations XV festival, produced by the Nomads Theatre Company in San Diego.
• Allie has been cast as Samantha (aka Sam) in the West Coast premiere of Wake, a dark comedy written by Carey Crim and produced by SeaGlass Theatre. The play will run at the Fremont Centre Theatre in Pasadena from April 26th until May 25th. Get tickets and more information.
• Allie performed in a reading of Neil LaBute's Autobahn.
• Beaten at Her Own Game, Allie's short comedy about video games and gender bias, was selected for the Variations XIV-2 play festival, which was held at the 10th Avenue Theatre in San Diego and produced by the Nomads Theatre Company.
• Allie shot the film When I Hear Peace. She plays Diane, a teenager trying to keep her feuding family together.
• Little Swan, a Pas de Deux, a new play inspired by the life of prima ballerina Anna Pavlova, had a reading at the Zephyr Theatre in Hollywood. Written by Allie Costa and directed by Jim Kleinmann, the play featured Miriam Canfield as Anna Pavlova, Kathy Bell Denton as Madame, and Sarah Guilbault as Marguerite. Little Swan was one of six plays selected to celebrate Women's History Month at PlayGround-LA.
• Allie has been invited to join the 4x10 musical theatre company run by John Sparks of the Academy for New Musical Theatre.
• Personal Space, a new workplace comedy written by Allie Costa, had a reading in Los Angeles, produced by Drama West.
• Allie played Dolly in a reading of You Never Can Tell by George Bernard Shaw.
• Read about Allie's first official stage role in MyStageStory.
• Allie played Kit in a reading of A League of Their Own.
• Allie performed in a staged reading of Broken at the Academy for New Musical Theatre.
• Allie played multiple characters in a reading of a new adaptation of Edgar Lee Masters' Spoon River Anthology.
• Need an audiobook narrator? Allie is officially registered on ACX.
• Allie played Claudio in a gender-flipped reading of Much Ado About Nothing.
• Failure to Communicate, a comedy Allie wrote and directed, was named a Fresh Produce'd selection and presented at The Other Space Theatre.
• Allie played Mary Tilford in a reading of The Children's Hour by Lillian Hellman.
• Allie has joined the cast of Broken, a new musical which will have a reading next month in Los Angeles.
• Listening in the Library, one of Allie's short plays, was a semi-finalist in the Lakeshore Players Theatre 10-Minute Play Festival.
• Raising the Barre, another of Allie's original plays, has been chosen as a finalist for the Sticky Series in New York.
• Allie played Tiny Tammy in Little Miss Scrooge, a new musical that combines the ghost story from A Christmas Carol with the love story from Great Expectations. This modern Dickens mash-up was directed by John Caird, the Tony and Olivier Award-winning director of Les Misérables, co-directed by Sam Caird, with music by Paul Gordon, composer of Jane Eyre and Daddy Long Legs. The show had a wonderful run at the Rubicon Theatre.
• Allie's original play Can You Keep a Secret? was an official selection of PlayGround-LA and had a staged reading at Zephyr Theatre. Unfolding like a classic episode of The Twilight Zone, the story is set in the not-too-distant future, when peace of mind comes with a price.
• Failure to Communicate, a funny play inspired by a true story of customer (dis)service, had its world premiere in Los Angeles. Allie wrote, directed, and performed in the show, which was part of Can You Hear Me Now?, a one-act festival about miscommunication in the digital age. Performances were followed by talkback sessions to connect the writers, actors, and audience.
• Listening in the Library, another of Allie's short plays, was an official selection of PlayGround-LA and had a staged reading at Zephyr Theatre. Logline: Stuck in the school library during a lockdown drill, two teenage girls at opposite ends of the social spectrum find some common ground.
• 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, and Solace. Theatre credits include Spring Awakening, Hamlet, Gypsy, You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown, and Anything Goes.
• Listen to Allie's musical theatre and animation voiceover demo. Allie can be heard on the original cast soundtracks of Invisible, Juliet of the Sky, Mr. Potcher's Holiday, Limberlost, You Made Me Love You, and more. Visit Allie's SoundCloud.
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