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• Allie has been hired as one of the directors of 35MM, a musical by Ryan Scott Oliver and Matthew Murphy, which will have its first professional LA production February through March 2016. The cast: Jeff Scot Carey, Cody Clark, Emily Clark, Nate Parker, Vincent Perez, Dana Shaw, and Katherine Washington. The directors: Lucas Alifano, Meghan Allison, Amy Bartlett, Jeff Scot Carey, Emily Clark, John Ross Clark, Kate Purnell, and Allie Costa. Produced by The Unknown Artists.
• Walking After Midnight had its premiere production at Queensbury Theatre in Houston, Texas. In this original, fantasy-free retelling of Cinderella, a young woman searches for her way home - and her ever after. Written by Allie Costa, directed by Christine Weems and Lauren Hainley, starring Renata Smith as Ella and Bryan Kaplun as Nolan. Produced by Cone Man Running Productions as part of Five Minute Mile.
• A New Year was produced at Charles Stewart Howard Playhouse in Los Angeles as part of Hard Candy Christmas. Logline: Should old acquaintance be forgot? Home for the holidays, Asha runs into her old best friend and she's not too thrilled about it. Written by Allie Costa and directed by Marshelle Giggles-Mills, the play featured Katie Lynn Mapel as Asha and Cassie Carpenter as Trinity.
• Cut and Run was selected for ARTS New Works 2015 and had a staged reading in West Virginia. Written by Allie Costa, directed by Andrew Surber, the play featured Nora Ankrom and Becky McClelland as a hairstylist and a customer who learn that, in this hair salon, it's live and let dye.
• Allie performed "There is No Tomorrow" from Alien vs. Musical at FutureFest at Rockwell Table & Stage. Learn more about the show.
• Allie played Isa, an unimpressed daughter stuck at a holiday event, in Dinner, a new play by Felix Racelis, in a reading at Drama West.
• Don't Shoot the Messenger Pigeon, a dark comedy written by Allie Costa, was produced by Gypsy Stage Repertory. It ran at various venues throughout Florida until December 1st. This was the premiere production of the piece, which had a reading at PlayGround-LA last year.
• Allie's play At Your Service had a reading at Kraine Theatre in New York, thanks to Lama Theatre Company. At Your Service tells the tale of two Secret Service agents, one seasoned, one shiny and new, both sworn to protect the President.
• Glitter and Smoke, written by Allie Costa, was performed by Natalie Wearden at the Room Festival, held at artsdepot in London.
• Allie's play Façade was selected for Variations: The Next Big Thing and performed at Price Center Theater in San Diego by Nomads Theatre Company.
• The magazine Trash was officially launched. Allie's piece Amelia, Still was published in the premiere issue of the magazine.
• Altared State had a reading at Rèst Âü Ránt in Long Island City as part of Joyseekers Theatre's inaugural event. Written by Allie Costa and directed by Trent Fucci, this lighthearted comedy featured Annie Rubino as Lexi and Calo Mesa as Denver.
• Allie's original monologue Classified was selected for Scratch That Hackney and performed by Maeve Malley Ryan at Hackney Attic in London.
• Allie's spooky play Safe Distance had a reading at East End Literary Salon held at Hackney Attic in London.
• Allie's pieces Amelia, Still and Back There were performed by Julia Cho at Samuel French in Hollywood as part of Monologue-a-Looza.
• Music of the Mind had its world premiere production in Los Angeles at the Festival of Unknown Artists. Music of the Mind was written and directed by Allie Costa, who also played the role of Alice, a girl struggling with mental illness. Rounding out the cast were Vincent Perez and Hannah Doty.
• Little Swan, a Pas de Deux and The View From Here had staged readings at Samuel French in Hollywood. Both plays were written and directed by Allie Costa. Inspired by the life of prima ballerina Anna Pavlova, Little Swan was published in Best of PlayGround Los Angeles 2014 and is available for licensing through PlayGround. The View From Here has roots in Andrew Wyeth's painting Christina's World and its subject, Anna Christina Olson. The readings were part of the first-ever 365 Women in LA event, presented by 365 Women a Year and the Los Angeles Female Playwrights Initiative. Little Swan featured Patricia Fructuoso as Anna Pavlova, Kathy Bell Denton as Madame, and Allie Costa as Marguerite. The View From Here featured Kathy Bell Denton as Anna Christina Olson and Joseph Patrick O'Malley as Andrew Wyeth.
• Allie received rave reviews for her role as Annie in the world premiere of Alien vs. Musical. This award-winning new musical written by Erik Przytulski and Steve Troop and directed by Matthew Tyler answers the question: What happens when the world of musical theatre meets the most terrifying and destructive alien in all cinema history? Read reviews.
• Allie played Frances in the staged reading of Frances and the Argonauts by Louisa Hill at Skylight Theatre.
• Allie recorded a number of songs as the lead character in the musical Manzanar.
• Allie's play How I Knew Her was named a GLO 2015 Finalist.
• Femme Noir had its D.C. premiere at Silver Spring Stage. Set in 1944, the play follows a female P.I. on an unforgettable case. Femme Noir was written by Allie Costa, directed by Thomas McGrath, and featured Erica Smith, Brendan Murray, Stephanie Dorius, Leta Hall, and Elise Berg.
• Following Femme Noir's successful run at Silver Spring, Allie was honored with the award for Best Script at the 2015 One-Act Festival.
• Prodigal Daughter, Part-Time, and Altared State had staged readings at Cabrillo Playhouse. The cast included Amy Bartlett, Erin McIntosh, Betsy Reisz, and Andrew J. Perez. All three plays were written and directed by Allie Costa.
• Read Allie's interview about acting, writing, and more at 31 Plays in 31 Days.
• The Intervention Will Be Televised had a staged reading at Drama West in Los Angeles. Written and directed by Allie Costa, this comedy featured LeVanna Atkinson-Williams, Christopher John Lim Bunyi, Sheila Daley, Shannon Martinous, Laura Michl, and Suzanne Wood.
• Amelia, Still was published in the premiere issue of the new magazine Trash.
• Little Swan, a Pas de Deux was performed at The Public House Theatre in Chicago for Echoes of..., a festival produced by 906 Theatre Company. Little Swan was written by Allie Costa, directed by Nicholas Lamb, and featured Miriam Canfield as Anna Pavlova and Cora Swise as Madame.
• Alien vs. Musical, the hit of the Hollywood Fringe Festival, has been extended! Allie plays Annie in this hilarious genre-bending story-blending show. Read reviews!
• Allie's article Back to Basics: How to Be Yourself While Pretending to Be Someone Else was published on Actors Access.
• Two Girls was performed at Clear Lines Festival in London. Written by Allie Costa, directed by Kasia Różycki, starring Lucy Litchfield and Gemma Leader.
• Little Swan, a Pas de Deux had a reading at Hackney Attic in London. Written by Allie Costa and directed by Milla Jackson, the play featured Sarah Griffin and Kate Handford. It was presented by East End Literary Salon.
• Glitter and Smoke was performed at Play On Words in San Jose. Read Allie's interview.
• Allie is currently playing Annie in the world premiere production of Alien vs. Musical. Learn more!
• Allie performed in Got Musical, a concert of excerpts from new musicals, at The Colony Theatre.
• Allie performed at Disney Imagineering as part of the New Voices Project.
• Allie and the cast of Alien vs. Musical performed at Rockwell Table & Stage as part of MUSI-CAL.
• Allie and the cast of Alien vs. Musical performed at Pick of the Fringe.
• A Taste of the Future was named a quarter-finalist for The Road Theatre Company's Summer Playwrights Festival.
• In the Heist was selected for East End Literary Salon and had a reading at Hackey Attic in London.
• Glitter and Smoke was selected for Scratch That Hackney and performed at the Hackney Attic in London.
• Anniversary was selected for National Flash-Fiction Day.
• Out of Sync, Back There, and Amelia, Still were shared at The Write-In on National Flash-Fiction Day.
• Allie was featured in the May 8th issue of Backstage. Read the interview!
• Allie has been cast as Annie in the world premiere of Alien vs. Musical, opening this June in Hollywood. Learn more!
• Allie's play Femme Noir was staged in Los Angeles by Ammunition Theatre Company. Set in 1944, Femme Noir tells the story of a female P.I. hired by a notorious nightclub owner. The cast included Karla Mosley (The Bold & The Beautiful), Ari Boyland (Blood Punch), Julie Bersani (Blue Collar Boys), Tina Huang (Rizzoli & Isles), and Yara Martinez (Jane the Virgin).
• Glitter and Smoke was seen at Camden People's Theatre in London as part of You Are Already Dead, a collaborative art event.
• Glitter and Smoke was selected for Makeshift Broadcast and performed in Glasgow by Clare Marcie.
• Allie played Sophie in New York Society for the Suppression of Vice, a powerful new musical written by Joel Bailey, Jake Anthony, and Patricia Zehentmayr and directed by Matthew Tyler. The show addresses the impact of hate crimes in high schools and on communities.
• Faking Glory had its world premiere production in Louisiana as one of six plays selected for Outworks. Written by Allie Costa and directed by Carter Dean, the play featured Hannah Dougharty as Marija and Dexter Ellis as Carlos.
• Allie sang the title role of Mary Marie at Rockwell Table & Stage in Los Angeles as part of Musi-Cal. Mary Marie is a coming-of-age story set in the 1920s. The musical was written by Chana Wise and Carl Johnson, adapted from the novel by Eleanor H. Porter, author of Pollyanna.
• Allie booked and shot a fun film in which she plays a tap dancer who accidentally goes to a hip hop audition.
• Allie's plays Little Swan, Nebulous Fix, and Listening in the Library were presented at Wheaton Drama in Chicago, directed by Toria Hollyn.
• Allie's original monologue Glitter and Smoke was performed at Shetler Studios in New York as part of I Don't Belong Here. Produced by Adaptive Arts Theater Company, a non-profit group working to fuse the gap between disability and the arts, this production is part of their ongoing efforts to bring awareness to stories and voices missing from the stage.
• Glitter and Smoke was selected for National Flash-Fiction Day's FlashFlood.
• Keep your eyes peeled: Allie is in an anti-smoking commercial that's currently airing as part of the popular #LeftSwipeDat campaign.
• You Me & Her was screened at POWFest in Portland. In this funny film, Anna (Shannon Woodward of Raising Hope) runs into alternate versions of herself. Allie plays the teen version of Anna; Tina Majorino (Veronica Mars) plays Anna's roommate. The movie was written and directed by Sarah Doyle. Watch the trailer.
• In the Heist was selected for PlayGround-LA and had a staged reading at the Zephyr Theatre in Hollywood. Written by Allie Costa and directed by Jim Kleinmann, this madcap comedy featured Paris McCarthy, Sydney Miller, Roland Ruiz, and Wayne Stribling Jr as would-be thieves.
• Allie played smart & sweet British schoolgirl Paige in A Knight at the Museum at the ASCAP/DreamWorks musical workshop in Los Angeles.
• Allie booked an anti-smoking commercial for the #LeftSwipeDat campaign. The spot began airing at the end of February.
• Allie's comedy The Intervention Will Be Televised had a reading at Play Club West in Hollywood.
• Allie's play Two Girls was selected for the Unheard Festival, produced by Goblin Baby Theatre Co. at The Bread & Roses Theatre in London. This haunting duologue was performed by Louise Nicolson and Grace Edwards, directed by Milla Jackson.
• A Taste of the Future, Allie's time travel play, was selected for East End Literary Salon and had a reading at The Ophelia in London.
• Allie's play Can You Keep a Secret? was staged by Mind Your Head at The Bread & Roses Theatre in London. The cast included Paige Wilson, Sophie McBean, and James Ruskin, directed by Sam Carrack. If you like The Twilight Zone and Black Mirror, you'll love Can You Keep a Secret?
• Allie played Melrose, the popular girl you want to know yet love to hate, in Invisible, a musical comedy by David Orris and David Hollingsworth. The show had a workshop and staged reading in Los Angeles. Allie also recorded songs for the soundtrack.
• In Allie's forward-thinking play A Taste of the Future, the time is now - and then... The play was selected for PlayGround-LA and had a staged reading at Zephyr Theatre in Hollywood, featuring Betsy Reisz and Andrew J. Perez, directed by Peter J. Kuo.
• Allie participated in a reading of the new musical Midsummer Night's Scream.
• Tofurkey Day was named a Shorties finalist.
• Allie plays Beethoven's first student (and first love) in For Elise. Currently in production, the film involves both motion capture and voiceover work.
• Listen to Allie's musical theatre and animation voiceover demo on SoundCloud. Allie can be heard a variety of original cast soundtracks.