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Associate Professor Allison Horsley teaches dramatic literature, playwriting, FSEM (adaptation in theatre), ASEM (satire in the arts), and other theatre-related classes at University of Denver. She has worked as a production dramaturg and/or full-time literary manager for Denver Center Theatre Company (most recently in the 2013-2014 season, Animal Crackers, Death of a Salesman, and Colorado New Play Summit), O’Neill National Music Theater Conference, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Kitchen Dog Theater, La Jolla Playhouse, Yale Repertory Theatre, Baltimore’s Centerstage, and Dallas Theater Center.
Since its La Jolla premiere in 2004, she has served as the dramaturg for the Tony-winning musical Jersey Boys, working on the Broadway, London, Las Vegas, Toronto, and national touring productions. Other Broadway developmental or research contributions include Chaplin and Dracula, the Musical. Under commission from Oregon Shakespeare Festival, she created literal translations from Russian of Chekhov’s major plays (Ivanov, Seagull, Uncle Vanya, Three Sisters, The Cherry Orchard) for adaptation by OSF Artistic Emerita Libby Appel, recently published under the title Five Chekhov Plays.
Allison's current projects include freelance dramaturgy for new plays and musicals as well as translation of Leonid Andreev's plays and a large book project that incorporates the histories and discussion of artistic contributions of the Andreev family. She is also a frequent collaborator with writer/performer Luciann Lajoie, whose Date* premiered at Off-Center @ The Jones (Denver Center Theatre Company) and has scheduled tour dates through spring of 2015.
She holds an MFA in Dramaturgy and Dramatic Criticism from the Yale School of Drama and BA in Russian and Theatre from University of Denver. More information can be found on her Chekhov adaptation site: www.chekhovplays.com.