MORE INTIMACY CHOREOGRAPHY/DIRECTION/COORDINATION:
I just returned from Raleigh, NC, where I completed my third, three day workshop on Intimacy Choreography/Direction. I also completed a course on Mental Health First Aid - all as I work towards becoming a certified Intimacy Coordinator.
I'm looking forward to directing staged readings of several new musicals for The Foundation for New American Musicals' Pathway Program: http://fnam.us/pathway/
I spent an interesting weekend in Baltimore with Theatrical Intimacy Education, taking a workshop in intimacy choreography/coordination. When there's a fight, there's a fight director. When there's intimacy, there SHOULD be an intimacy choreographer. (Update: I continued my training with Intimacy Directors International in Toronto in May 2019, and I'm looking forward to participating in a third, three day workshop in late June. I'm also taking Mental Health First Aid training.)
I was excited to direct two episodes for New Musicals Inc's Ghosts of Stowell Hill series. Once edited, you'll be able to find them on their YouTube channel: 5,6,7,8
After Hours Theatre Company (producers of the Ovation nominated, immersive Cuckoo's Nest) produced an eve of outstanding one-acts, and I proudly directed two of the ten: The Breast Western, a comedy by Jaime Becker, and Pellets, Cherries & Lies: The PacMan Story, with book, music and lyrics by Erik Pryztulski.
I just received the loveliest letter of recommendation from someone I had the pleasure of working with last year, and it made my day. No, my week.
Come see a staged reading that I'm directing for Wicked Lit on Saturday, 7/14 at 3pm. You'll see readings of two new, horror-themed plays adapted from classic literature. It's free and open to the public - at the Donald R. Wright Auditorium inside the Pasadena Central Library.
PUMP BOYS & DINETTES
Drive a ways outta town, somewhere between Frog Level and Smyrna, North Carolina and you’ll come to a filling station run by L. M. and Jim. Across the blacktop is the Double Cupp Diner, operated by Rhetta and Prudie Cupp. To look at it, you wouldn’t know that this little stop on Highway 57 is where all the action is, but trust us – once the boys get that guitar and bass fiddle revved up, you won’t want to be anywhere else.This Tony-nominated musical hasn’t been produced in Los Angeles in over 30 years, and I'm directing! 6/23-7/29, 2018.
Now extended through 8/12!
THE AMERICAN WIFE
I'm excited to direct the WORLD PREMIERE of an exciting new play by Stephen Fife and Ralph Pezzullo on Monday, May 21 at 7pm at The Sierra Madre Playhouse. It's open to the public and it's FREEEEEE. Come enjoy being a part of the development of new work - and check out the SMP, because you're going to be back there next month, when I direct PUMP BOYS & DINETTES! See above!
THE MAGIC NUMBER 3
I LOVED directing my first two productions of Mark Brown's 5 actor/39 character AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS (including one that was LA Time's Critic's Choice!), and I can't wait to get my hands on it for a third time. We open January 10, 2018 at North Coast Rep. Update: Click here for our first review - "A Must See"
This fall, I'm an adjunct professor at The University of Redlands, where I'm choreographing SPAMALOT. Click here to view some photos.
Dames, Dicks, Butterknives and Apps
I'm directing and choreographing 2, new, 20 minute musicals in the Hollywood Fringe Festival! DAMES, DICKS AND BUTTER KNIVES and THERE'S AN APP FOR THAT open on Friday, 6/9 and run thru 6/23.
This one is JUUUUUUUUUST right!
Next up, I am choreographing GOLDILOCKS AND THE THREE BEARS for MainStreet Theatre Company in Rancho Cucamonga. I've long-admired their high-quality work, and I'm looking forward to choreographing this show with a message, and to influencing thousands of young minds! Opening 5/29/17
I am honored that Penobscot Theatre Company in Bangor, Maine has entrusted me to direct and choreograph their big holiday show, OLIVER! We open on December 3.
- "high octane choreography" Click here to read the review.
- "Theater lovers should rush to the Bangor Opera House box office and beg:
Going AROUND THE WORLD, again!
I'm SO excited to be directing Mark Brown's HILARIOUS 5 actor/39 character adaptation of AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS at The Matrix (guest production), thru 10/16/16. Click here to read a few of the crazy-great reviews from the first time I directed it! BUY TICKETS HERE. Visit our website HERE.
**** UPDATE: Reviews are coming in! ****
- "You want to have a good time? You want to laugh until you cry? Go see Lost
Dog Productions’ Around the World in 80 Days." Click here to read the review. - "Unique and innovative" Click here to read the review - " Make plans to see it when you are ready to laugh and experience the wonder of staged brilliance!" Click here to read the review ** UPDATE: Allison will be going AROUND THE WORLD for a third time. This time, she's directing at North Coast Rep in Solana Beach, CA (just North of La Jolla). Opening January 2018. Click here for more info. **
In Great COMPANY
I had a blast choreographing a workshop of COMPANY for Deaf West. Yes, *that* Deaf West - the same company that recently had their SPRING AWAKENING move to The Wallis and then to Broadway, where it received THREE Tony nominations!! I had a great time working on this creative production, while I also improved my sign language skills.
OFF THE WALL
I'm directing a staged reading of an outstanding new, 5 actor musical comedy by Sarah Rebell (book and lyrics - click here for her website) and Danny Abosch (music - click here for website) called OFF THE WALL. OFF THE WALL was the First Prize winner in NMI's annual Search for New Musicals last year, and the reading will be part of NMI's STAGES Festival in August. Click here for more info.
FIDDLING IN IOWA
I'm excited to have been asked to return to direct and choreograph at Okoboji Summer Theatre again. Last year I loved working on SPELLING BEE, and this August I'll tackle the classic FIDDLER ON THE ROOF. 24 actors and 9, 6 hour days of rehearsal. No problem! :) Luckily it's a great group of talented and hard-working folks, so it will be fun! Click here to read a glowing review.
I had a great time as the Assistant Choreographer on the original production of XANADU on Broadway (4 Tony nominations, including Best Choreography and Best New Musical). I'm looking forward to putting my own stamp on this crowd-pleasing show when I choreograph it at The Actors Theatre of Indiana, opening May 1st.
It's a Dream(works)y February
I'm excited to be directing 2 of the 3 new musicals in this year's annual ASCAP/Dreamworks annual workshop, moderated by Stephen Schwartz. CITY OF LIGHT will be presented on Tuesday, 2/17 and A KNIGHT AT THE MUSEUM is on Thursday, 2/19. Both are staged readings that start at 7pm at Dreamworks.
Pellets, Cherries, and Lies: The PacMan Story
I had no idea that the hours and hours I wasted, I mean spent, playing my parents' PacMan machine would pay off as a director! I'm excited to direct this satire with book, lyrics, and music by Erik Przytulski in NYC on December 8th in SOUNDBITES 2014 - a 10-minute new musical festival. Click here for more info.
How did I not know about this fun show that's PACKED with FANTASTIC swing music?! I'm so excited to choreograph HOT MIKADO at Chapman University. October 2-11. Click here for more information
NAKED IN ENCINO
Wendy Kout wrote a fabulously hysterical and touching new play for 5 women called NAKED IN ENCINO. I'm looking forward to directing a staged reading on Monday, August 4th at Crown City Theatre in North Holllywood. It's free, but reservations are recommended. Email me for more info.
Allison's 2nd Spelling Bee
I loved choreographing this musical last summer in Santa Barbara,and I'm looking forward to directing and choreographing it this summer in Okoboji, Iowa!
I'm excited to choreograph the world premiere musical, Beyond Sight. Jack is an ROTC cadet driven to answer the call of duty in the wake of a catastrophic event. Blinded during combat in Afghanistan, Jack returns home forever changed. Jack is played by Robert Smith, a performer for decades who is blind from birth. The female lead, Ginger Lawrence, was a Marine for 12 years and has been on 4 deployments: 3 to Iraq and 1 to Afghanistan. Jeremy Aldridge directs. Opening 4/25 at the Stella Adler Theatre. Click here for our facebook page.
China - The Whole Enchilada
It's time for the most hilarious history lesson, EH-vah! Allison can't wait to direct this irreverant musical at Sacred Fools. CHINA won the NY International Fringe Festival in 2008, and EntertainingU.com called it "two of the funniest hours I have spent in a theatre in a couple of years." It's written by Mark Brown - the same Mark Brown who adapted the critically hailed production of AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS that Allison directed at ICT in January 2013. See those RAVE reviews here. Feb 4-March 12, 2014 Click here for more information Click here for a press kit in pdf form
Playfest in Santa Barbara
Allison is looking forward to directing a reading of the hilarious new play THE OY OF SEX, by Len Richmond at the 2nd Annual Playfest! This new playreading festival is free, open to the public and in a gorgeous new theatre with a view of the ocean. Saturday, January 25, 2014, 7:30pm, at the Garvin Theatre at SBCC.
Allison is assistant directing Parfumerie, at the brand new Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills. Mark Brokaw directs! Opening December 4, 2013. Click here for more information
Tanglin' Hearts at Theatre 40
Allison is excited to direct this new country western musical comedy that's packed with amazing original songs. July 25-August 25, 2013 at Theatre 40 in Beverly Hills. "It’s a boot scootin’ rip-roaring’ spot of a good time!"
Allison's first SPELLING BEE!
Allison is looking forward to working with R. Michael Gross (director) on one of her all-time favorite musicals! Allison will be choreographing The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee for The Theatre Group at Santa Barbara City College. July 12th-27, 2013
Over the Moon for AROUND THE WORLD
**** LA TIMES CRITIC'S PICK *****
Allison is thrilled to be directing the fabulous play AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS (adapted by Mark Brown) at the beautiful ICT in Long Beach. Danger, romance and comic surprises abound in this whirlwind of a show as 5 actors portraying 39 characters traverse 7 continents in one of the great adventures of all time. January 24,-February 17, 2013.
Click to read our reviews:
Huffington Post "challenging & inventive theatre from fiercely dedicated & talented craftsmen"
throughout the year and be in the running for many “Best of” lists....a MUST see..."
Backstage "-director Allison Bibicoff’s fast-paced staging is breezily funny....highly satisfying" The Patch "drew a clearly worthy long/loud standing ovation...- we’re delighted at every turn" Grunion Gazette "Take this trip around the world. It will create some found memories.
Guaranteed." "precise yet fun-loving direction of Allison Bibicoff, the play triumphs"
StageSceneLA "this ever so imaginative production is likely to prove a critical & audience
Golden Rain News "Directed with skill and precision by Allison Bibicoff, there are many
pleasant surprises...the enjoyment is infectious."
Allison is directing and choreographing the world premiere staged reading of MODROCK - a new musical set in 1965 London. We see the conflict heat up between the Mods and the Rockers in London as we enjoy songs like "Downtown," "There's Always Something There To Remind Me," "I Only Want To Be With You," and "You Don't Have To Say You Love Me." (The dress Allison is wearing in the photo to the left was her mother's in the '60's!)
Long on Shorts
- Allison recently directed the world premiere staged reading of Coffee and Paul - a new short play by Bemjamin Marshall. A panel of judges selected only 7 plays to participate in the ALAP Gay Play Reading Festival at The Celebration Theatre in Hollywood.
- July 20, 21 & 22 A Spy By Any Other Name, directed by Allison, written by Topher Carlson, will be one of three shorts plays presented in Hurricane Season, at The Eclectic Theatre in North Holllywood. Click here for more information.
Come join our Flash Mob!
Come join the flash mob that I choreographed! Everyone is welcome - the dance isn't hard! It's this Saturday, 6/16/2012, at the Farmer's Market at Griffith Park. Click here for directions, and to watch a video where you can learn the dance: http://thefuriousseasons.com/furious-flash-mob-dance
What do Allison, Charles Fox, Burt Bacharach & Sergio Mendes have in common?
They're all going to be at The Geffen Playhouse on May 22, 2012 for the annual concert to benefit the Fulfillment Fund. Allison is assistant directing, Jules Aaron is directing. This promises to be an amazing evening of entertainment, for a wonderful cause: http://www.fulfillment.org/concert/
Allison is directing a staged reading of a wonderful new musical THE GRUNDY COUNTY CORN FEST BEAUTY PAGEANT! (Johanna Besterman, PhD, book and lyrics; Joe Green, music) There will be a presentation at ANMT in North Hollywood on Friday, May 25th, 2012 at 7pm.
** 2/2012: "The Case for Christmas" scored a 2.5 HH rating & "Mistletoe over Manhattan" scored a 2.1 HH rating. Outstanding!
Allison is choreographing this fantastic new musical by Doug Haverty (Book & Lyrics) and Adryan Russ (Music & Lyrics). Jules Aaron directs. We open on 5/20/2011 at The Lyric Theatre. Click here for website.
Allison is directing a staged reading of the very funny new play TURNING THIRTY, by Lisa Phillips Visca, at Theatre Palisades on Tuesday 4/5/2011.
** 3/7/2011: Allison just won a Garland Award for her TOMMY
Best Choreography Nomination by LA Drama Critics Circle
1/25/2011 - The headline says it all. Allison was nominated for her choreography in TOMMY! She is in good company, as one of the other two nominatees is Andy Blankenbuehler for his work on IN THE HEIGHTS. Heck, he won the TONY (and a Drama Desk Award) for his work on that show!
REWIND:Netflix Killed the Video Store
Come see the original, mini-musical I'm directing and choreographing: WANDERING WILLOWS - part of REWIND at The SkyPilot Theatre Company, thru 3/12: The The Little Victory Theatre 3326 W. Victory Blvd. Burbank, CA
Splash magazine says "Allison Bibicoff directs and choreographs the piece with an even hand, and a steadfast eye on the acting." Click here for full review
The LA Weekly says "GO!"
SAVIN' Even More!
Allison choreographed the world-premiere musical SAVIN' UP FOR SATURDAY NIGHT last year at Sacred Fools. It was SUCH a hit, that we are re-mounting it at the 425 seat Grove Theatre in Upland. I don't like country music at all, but I LOVE this honky-tonk, dance hall musical comedy. www.savinup.com
The Best of Both Worlds.
My mom loves Gilbert & Sullivan. My dad loves Wall Street. I'm directing a staged reading of the new musical GILBERT & SULLIVAN ON WALL STREET. WIth book and lyrics by Charles Veley, and music by Arthur Sullivan WALL STREET was the first prize winner of ANMT's 2010 Search for New Musicals! Come to the staged reading at The Colony Theatre in Burbank on 11/15: Click here for broadwayworld.com's article.
SPANKS GIVING in October
I'm directing this original 10-minute play, written by Thomas j. Misuraca, at the 12th Annual ALAP Playwright Reading Festival.10/23, 3p-4p. Click here for more info.
See me... Feel me...Touch Me....Heal Me
** EXTENDED THRU 8/15 & OVATION RECOMMENDED **
Allison is so looking forward to choreographing TOMMY at the award-winning Chance Theatre. We open 7/3/2010!
StageSceneLA says "dance steps that seem to be emerging organically from the music itself.....cutting-edge choreography" click here for full review
Love's Labour's LOST: The Musical!
Allison is choreographing, and Bari Newport is directing, this original campy musical mash-up of Shakespeare and the hit TV show, LOST! - opening July 16th at Theater 150 in Ojai. JUST EXTENDED thru 8/8!! www.theater150.org
**3/11/2009: Allison just got an Honorable Mention in the 2010 Garland Awards for Excellence in Southland Theatre for her choreography for SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD at ICT. Thanks Melinda Schupmann!
** Allison was just nominated for an LA Weekly Award for Best Choreography for her work on GODSPELL! This is her 2nd consecutive nomination, and the show's ensemble and music director were also nominated. The awards ceremony is March 29th.
A WRINKLE IN FEBRUARY
Growing up, A WRINKLE IN TIME by Madeleine L’Engle was one of Allison's favorite books. Now, Allison can't wait to assistant direct the WORLD PREMIERE of the play at South Coast Rep, while Shelley Butler directs.
SAVIN' UP for SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD
Allison is excited to start choreographing the world premiere of the musical SAVIN' UP FOR SATURDAY NIGHT, directed by Jeremy Aldridge. Opening night is Friday, September 18, 2009. Then Allison will have three whole days off, before staring rehearsals for SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD at ICT in Long Beach. Allison will assistant direct and choregraph, while Jules Aaron directs. Opening is October 16th. www.ictlongbeach.org -
GARLAND AWARD Honorable Mention for SONGS Choreography
Allison is currently working on FOUR PROJECTS!
1 - Assistant directing and choreographing MARRY ME A LITTLE at East West Players. Opens May 13, 2009. www.eastwestplayers.org 3 - Doing choreography for West Coast premiere of the play IS HE DEAD? at The International City Theatre (ICT) in Long Beach. Opens 5/1/09 ictlongbeach.org 4 - Directing a staged reading of a new musical AT HOME IN MITFORD, based on the best selling book series. The presentation is on May 21st at ANMT: www.anmt.org
LA Weekly Award Nominations
Allison is honored to receive an LA Weekly Theatre Award nomination for BEST CHOREOGRAPHER for her recent work on 1776 at The Actors Co-op in Hollywood. 1776 garnered 7 nominations, including BEST MUSICAL. The annual awards ceremony is March 30th. Click here for a complete list of nominees.
Allison is excited to be working with Jules Aaron as his assistant director for the third time! The Graduate opens February 13, 2009 at the award-winning West Coast Ensemble in Hollywood. Click here to buy tickets and for more info.
Swingin' with Ben Stiller
In October, Allison and her swing partner, Kerry Ward, danced in a motion capture sequence for the movie A Night at the Museum 2, starring Ben Stiller. Their swing moves will be duplicated many times over in two scenes, including a big scene on a NY street. There was only one other couple, so if you see some cool aerials, you're seeing Allison & Kerry (with someone else's face digitally painted on.)
JACQUES BREL - Living in So Cal
Allison is looking forward to working on Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris at North Coast Rep. She'll assistant direct and choreograph, with artistic director David Ellenstein directing. Performances Sept 13 - Oct 5, 2008.
Allison is producing and directing 2 pilot shows for the internet, and they're all about swing dancing: Hosted by champion dancers,Swingin' Out is all about Lindy Hop, and West Coast Westies is all about West Coast Swing. We shot our first Lindy show on June 21st. We're shooting our first episode of West Coast Westies on Sunday, June 29th, 2008.
Going to the TONY AWARDS - June 15, 2008
Xanadu is nominated for 4 Tonys!
* Best new musical (Allison is an associate producer)
* Best choreography (Allison is the assistant choreographer)
* Best book of a musical (Douglas Carter Beane is a genius)
* Best actress in a musical (Kerry Butler is not only talented, but also is a DOLL)
Hooray for Ballyhoo
Come see The Last Night at Ballyhoo at the beautiful 1,251-seat La Mirada Theatre. Jules Aaron directs, and Allison assistant directs, this Tony Award & Pulitzer Prize winner. June 6-22, 2008. Click here for more information.
Start 2008 with 1776
** LA Times & Backstage West's CRITIC'S PICK **
- Backstage West's review says "Allison Bibicoff's dances add zest to the
- LA Weekly says: "Allison Bibicoff's choreography comes filled with good humor."
- David C. Nichols of the LA Times calls Allison's choreography a "coup."
- The show runs from February 8 - March 16, 2008. For more information, go to
Applause for Applause!
Allison will jet off to NYC for a few weeks as three time Tony Award Winner Kathleen Marshall chose her from a competitive field of applicants to be the SDC observer on Applause at City Center Encores!. Tony-winner Christine Ebersole stars in the show, which has 5 performances February 7-10, 2008.
Swingin' With the Stars
Allison is producing and directing a live show called Swingin' With the Stars, that is packed with performances by champion dancers including Robert & Nicola Royston, Jordan Frisbee & Tatianna Mollman, Annie Hirsch & Norma Miller and many, many more. The show is one-night only - on Wedneday, November 21, 2007 at 8pm at the Anaheim Marriott's Marquis Ballroom. IT'S ALSO A PAY-PER-VIEW WEBCAST! . . . .See www.swinginwiththestars.com to view our commercial, and for tickets and more information.
From NY to Chicago
Allison is returning to LA, and will be choreographing a number from Chicago for a show at the John Anson Ford Amphitheatre on Monday, October 15, 2007. "Broadway Unplugged at The Ford" boasts co-stars from the LA & Broadway companies of Wicked. Get tickets for $30, $50 and $100 by calling (323) 461-3673 or online at www.fordtheatres.org. Click here for more information.
Xanadu - NOMINATED FOR 4 TONY AWARDS!!!!
Allison is currently working in New York as the assistant choreographer on Xanadu, set to open on Broadway at the Helen Hayes Theatre on July 10, 2007 (previews began May 23rd). Christopher Ashley (All Shook Up, The Rocky Horror Show - Tony nomination) directs, and Dan Knechtges (Spelling Bee, 110 in the Shade) choreographs. Kerry Butler (Hairspray), Cheyenne Jackson, Jackie Hoffman and Tony nominees Mary Testa and Tony Roberts star. www.xanaduonbroadway.com
Tales of Tinseltown
- LA Times: ****Recommended **** "wacky fun" (David C. Nichols)
- LA Weekly: "Choreographer Allison Bibicoff's dance numbers are amusingly broad and sprightly" (Paul Birchall)
- Backstage West: "campy brilliance"
- Steven Stanley: "Snaps to Allison Bibicoff for the '30's dance moves."
Allison is excited to choreograph the LA Premiere of this rarely seen musical which first ran Off-Broadway. With stars in her eyes, a farm girl hitches a ride to the boulevard of dreams in this spoof musical send-up of 1930s Hollywood. TOT runs from May 11 - June 17, 2007 at The Actors' Co-op, in Hollywood.
Allison recently directed a production of Auntie Mame at the 319 seat Huntington Beach Playhouse. Reviewer Tom Titus of the Huntington Beach Inquirer calls Auntie Mame a "rib-ticking" production and a "very enjoyable piece of theatre" that has been "spruced up nicely in this production." Rose London's Mame is "a beautifully etched portrait of a carefree lady," Cole Fletcher is simply terrific as young Patrick," and "Norma Jean Riddick is an absolute howl" as Gooch.
See Rogers & Hammerstein's S.E.E.
In January 2007, Allison will direct & choreograph a production of Some Enchanted Evening, which will tour the US for four months this Spring. This is the third production Allison has worked on for The Springer Opera House, which was rated the number one arts institution in Georgia by the Georgia Council for the Arts. The Springer not only out-ranked every other theatre in the state of Georgia, but also every major arts institution of any kind, including many of the state's largest museums, symphonies, theatres and performing arts centers. Yes, that includes the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta, too! www.springertheatreontour.com
It's official. Allison is now a Canadian! Well, she's still an American citizen, but she can be hired as a Canadian, too! Have a gig in LA, great? Have one in Canada? No problem. Allison can be hired as a Canadian, with all of the tax benefits there