Allison Grant

Director

Allison Grant

Director

Canadian Citizenship

Canadian theatre and opera director, teacher, choreographer and actor, Allison Grant performed at the Stratford Festival, at the Old Vic in London, and in tours and productions across Canada, the United States and England. She has become increasingly in demand as a director and choreographer of opera in Canada and the United States.

Recent directing work includes Hawaii Opera Theatre’s Die Zauberflöte, Le nozze di Figaro for Sarasota Opera, Die Fledermaus for Edmonton Opera, Falstaff at Hamilton Opera, as well as an acclaimed production of Roméo et Juliette for Vancouver Opera.

In past seasons she has directed The Auction (world premiere: Westben Festival), Die Zauberflöte (Sarasota Opera), Falstaff, Don Giovanni and Carmen (Hamilton Opera), Così fan tutte (Vancouver Opera), L’italiana in Algeri (L’Opéra de Montréal), A Meeting of Minds (Canadian Stage, Toronto). As a choreographer her work has been seen in Pirates of Penzance (Vancouver Opera) The Merry Widow for opera companies in Hawaii, Edmonton and Hamilton, Die Fledermaus, Un ballo in maschera and Eugene Onegin (Vancouver Opera, Kentucky Opera) as well as The Queen of Spades, Dido and Aeneas, Don Giovanni and Eugene Onegin for The Canadian Opera Company.

She has directed or choreographed many revival productions at the Canadian Opera Company, including Semele, which toured to the Brooklyn Academy of Music in March 2015. She has enjoyed assisting or choreographing international productions with inspiring directors; Neil Armfield, Kelly Robinson, Ken Cazan, both Christopher and David Alden, Tim Albery and Joan Font.

As Artistic Director of Theatre Athena, Allison directed plays and musicals including Master Class, Private Lives and the Canadian premiere of Itamar Moses’ brilliant play, Bach at Leipzig.

In the fall of 2018 she will be with Anchorage Opera directing and choreographing H.M.S. Pinafore, and at the Canadian Opera Company assisting on James Robinson’s production of Elektra.

September 2018

Appointments:
Artistic Director, Theatre Athena (2006 – 2008)
Resident director/choreographer, Canadian Opera Company (current)
Resident director/choreographer, Showboat Festival Theatre (1999 – 2004)
Instructor, director, choreographer, University of Toronto Opera Division (1998 – present)
 
Upcoming:
Canadian Children’s Opera Company. Director and Choreographer for Dean Burry’s The Hobbit May 2016.
Music Theatre on the Thames. Director/Choreographer for Sondheim’s Company June/July 2016
 
OPERA – Directing Credits
  
THE MAGIC FLUTE (Mozart) Hawaii Opera Theatre
LE NOZZE DI FIGARO (Mozart) Sarasota Opera
IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA (Rossini) Edmonton Opera
DIE FLEDERMAUS (Strauss, J.) Edmonton Opera
SEMELE (Handel) Revival Director, Canadian Opera Company/Brooklyn academy of Music, NY
THE AUCTION (Burge) premiere production, Westben Festival
ROMÉO ET JULIETTE (Gounod) Vancouver Opera
DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE (Mozart) Sarasota Opera
L’ELISIR D’AMORE (Donizetti) Green Mountain Opera
COSI FAN TUTTE (Mozart) Vancouver Opera
IL MATRIMONIO SEGRETO (Cimarosa) Opera Division, University of Toronto
DON GIOVANNI (Mozart) Opera Ontario
CARMEN (Bizet) Opera Ontario
THE BROTHERS GRIMM (Burry) Canadian Opera Company Ensemble
L’ITALIANA IN ALGERI (Rossini) L’Opéra de Montréal
DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE (Mozart)      Vancouver Opera
FIGARO, FIGARO, FIGARO (Rossini)
Writer/director – adaptation of Barber of Seville
Vancouver Opera
LA CENERENTOLA (Rossini) Canadian Opera Company Ensemble, various venues
PIRATES OF PENZANCE (Gilbert and Sullivan) Canadian Childrean’s Opera Chorus, Du Maurier Theatre at Harbourfront, Toronto

THEATRE – Directing Credits

SHIRLEY VALENTINE (Willy Russel) Port Stanley Festival Theatre
GLORIOUS (Peter Quilter)
Theatre by the Bay  
MASTER CLASS (McNally)  
Theatre by the Bay
BACH AT LEIPZIG (Itamar Moses)
Theatre Athena
PRIVATE LIVES (Noel Coward)
Theatre Athena
A MEETING OF MINDS (Leslie Arden)
Canstage, Berkeley Street Theatre
SMOKEY JOE’S CAFE (Lieber and Stoller)
Stage West, Calgary
DOUBLE, DOUBLE (Roger Rees)
 
WHEN THE REAPER CALLS (Peter Colley)
 
THE LONG WEEKEND (Norm Foster)
 
ALL GROWN UP (Bonnie Panych)
 

OPERA – Choreography Credits

DON GIOVANNI (Mozart) Canadian Opera Company (dir. Robin Guarino)
CANDIDE (Bernstein) Opera Division, University of Toronto (dir. Michael Albano)
MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM (Britten) (movement director) Canadian Opera Company (dir. Neil Armfield)
ARIADNE AUF NAXOS (Strauss, R.) Toronto Summer Music (dir. Titus Hollweg)
EUGENE ONEGIN (Tchaikovsky) Vancouver Opera (dir. Pam Berlin)
EUGENE ONEGIN (Tchaikovsky)
Canadian Opera Company
MERRY WIDOW (Lehar) 
Hawaii Opera Theater 
Edmonton Opera
Opera Hamilton
DIDO AND AENEAS (Purcell)
Canadian Opera Company
QUEEN OF SPADES (Tchaikovsky)
Canadian Opera Company
DIE FLEDERMAUS (Strauss)
Vancouver Opera
LA FILLE DU REGIMENT (Donizetti)
Opera Ontario 
SOUTH PACIFIC (Rodgers/Hammerstein)
Edmonton Opera
LE NOZZE DI FIGARO
Saskatchewan Opera

THEATRE – Choreography Credits

THE GREAT GATSBY Theatre London
THE SPITFIRE GRILL Theatre London
THE WORLD GOES ‘ROUND New Stages
PRETTY WOMAN (Orbison) Showboat Festival Theatre
LULLABY OF BROADWAY (revue)  Showboat Festival Theatre
ROLL OVER BEETHOVEN (revue)  Showboat Festival Theatre
ALL GROWN UP (Bonnie Panych)  Showboat Festival Theatre
HONKY TONK ANGELS (revue)  Showboat Festival Theatre
THE TAMING OF THE SHREW University of Waterloo
CHARLEY’S AUNT (new musical) Theatre Orangeville
THE BAKER’S WIFE Equity Showcase – Toronto
 
Allison Grant teaches, directs and choreographs at the Opera Division of the University of Toronto.  Productions include:
  
IL MATRIMONIO SEGRETO (Cimarosa)
ARIODANTE (Handel)
LE NOZZE DI FIGARO (Mozart)
ALCINA (Handel)
DIE FLEDERMAUS (Strauss)
TAPTOO! (Beckwith)
THE LAST DUEL (Kulesha – world premiere)
THREEPENNY OPERA (Weill)
CASTOR AND POLLUX PROLOGUE (Rameau)
L’ENFANT ET LES SORTILEGES (Ravel)
LA RONDINE (Puccini)
BLUEBEARD (Offenbach)
THE BOYFRIEND (Wilson)
SULLIVAN TO SONDHEIM (Writen/Co-director)
THIS IS A CHANGING WORLD, A NOEL COWARD REVUE (Writer/Director)

Don Giovanni, Opera Ontario
“Season Opens with Brilliant, all encompassing Giovanni…and it’s this playful dramatic quality that director/choreographer Allison Grant so skillfully captures with this production which does total justice to both the playful and the dramatic. There’s never a dull moment…”
Daniel Ariaratnam, Kitchener Record

“Director Allison Grant drew highly detailed acting from the cast in a traditional production originating from New Orleans Opera.”
Christopher Hoile, Stage-door.org

 

Così fan tutte, Vancouver Opera
“Director Allison Grant’s Konzept is the true star of Vancouver Opera’s production of Così fan tutte… Allison Grant’s direction is a revelation…this production is a triumph, its ideas lingering long after the instruments have been packed up and the lights put out.”
J.H. Stape, Review Vancouver

Allison Grant directed this extremely elegant production. … The program listed no choreographer, so I assume that Grant was responsible for the success of some very complicated stage movements. The criss-crossing of the four principals in the final scene left the audience wondering – as indeed it should – how the four will pair off, thus capturing the irony at the heart of Mozart’s magnificent music.” J.F. Hulcoop, Metropolitan Opera News

“…there is no tampering with the mise-en-scène or significant re-jigging of the historical context, but this very conventionality is made consistently enlightening. Director Grant understands how Mozart gradually probes the various layers of sham and self-deception within these apparently shallow characters…the extraordinary depth and complexity of Mozart’s score is matched here in a solid, consistent production of real quality.” David Gordon Duke, Vancouver Sun

  

Die Zauberflöte, Sarasota Opera
“..with a rock solid cast of singers and terrific stage direction by Allison Grant in her Sarasota debut.”
Gayle Williams, Sarasota Herald Tribune

“Stage director Allison Grant made it a lively and gripping experience. I dare to say it was near perfection, the best of many Flutes I’ve seen… It is such a delight in every way I think it deserves a wider audience. HD-TV, anyone?” Rex Hearn, Palm Beach ArtsPaper

Allison Grant’s stage direction was such fun there wasn’t a moment of static” June Lebell, Sarasota Observer

 

South Pacific, Edmonton Opera
“Among the trickiest scenes are those involving a stage full of sailors, with numbers like ‘There is Nothin’ like a Dame’ and ‘Bali Ha’i. Both were excellently staged (by choreographer Allison Grant) with the right balance of chaos and precision. The chorus really looked like sailors and obviously relished their moments.” John Charles, Edmonton Sun

 

The Merry Widow, Opera Hamilton
“There is so much dance in this operetta that Allison Grant’s choreography shares equally in its success. Whether it is the many expected waltzes, the series of Pontevedrian national dances, the boisterous can-can of Act 3 or the hilarious routines for the men in ‘Ja das Studium der Weiber ist schwer’, her work is always imaginative and elegant.” Christopher Hoile, Stage-door.org. 

“This is a lavish production, with extensive set changes, and a large cast, which Deedrick and choreographer Allison Grant move along at an entertainingly breakneck speed.” Jan Jezioro, Buffalo News

  

Bach at Leipzig (Itamar Moses), Theatre Athena, Waterloo, Ontario
“I’ve seen dozens of plays at Stratford and a few on Broadway, but perhaps the best show I’ve ever seen, Bach at Leipzig, was staged at the Waterloo Entertainment Centre. {Artistic Director of Theatre Athena at The Waterloo Entertainment Centre and Director of Bach at Leipzig is Allison Grant}” Colin Hunter, Kitchener Record Arts Columnist 

“Stage director Allison Grant made it a lively and gripping experience. I dare to say it was near perfection, the best of many Flutes I’ve seen…This is the fifth production of Flute by this company. It is such a delight in every way.”
Greg Stepanich, Palm Beach ArtsPaper

“Opera Hamilton’s period costume production which opened at Hamilton Place last night, is a winner…. There were many fine touches by director Allison Grant.” Leonard Turnevicious, Hamilton Spectator, Opera Canada

“Director Allison Grant drew highly detailed acting from most of the cast in a traditional production originating from New Orleans Opera.” Christopher Hoile, Metropolitan Opera News

 

Le Nozze di Figaro, Sarasota Opera
“’Figaro a Terrific Valentine’all of whom keep the farcical series of events moving swiftly under Allison Grant’s sharp direction…Proof that this is a great show was heard Saturday evening as frequent loud laughter came forth in great waves, as did the cheers at the final curtain.” Richard Storm, Herald-Tribune

Selected Production Photos

see www.allisongrant.ca for a full list of production photos and credits

Pirates of Penzance, Vancouver Opera (Choreographer)
Photos by Tim Matheson

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Carmen, Opera Hamilton (Director/Choreographer)
Photo by Roy Tim
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Don Giovanni, Opera Hamilton (Director)
Photo by Dave Gruggen
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Die Fledermaus, Edmonton Opera (Director/Choreographer)
Photos by Nanc Price
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Falstaff, Opera Hamilton (Director)
Photo by John Overmeyer
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Magic Flute, Hawaii Opera Theatre ((Director/Choreographer)
Photos by Nanc Price
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Director Allison Grant returns to her old Alumni, to lead in the creation of the latest production of Carmen at the Western University. November 16 – 19, 2017.