Allanah Avalon, 2016

Allanah Avalon, 2016

Allanah Avalon is a New Zealand/Russian theater artist. She graduated from New York University Abu Dhabi with a B.A. in Theater and minor in Creative Writing. 

She is the co-founder of Tooth n’ Fang, an arts collective devoted to unearthing and unleashing the raw and sharp. Blending dramaturgy, experimental design, and multidisciplinary art making, the collective produce work that is both poetic and brutal.

Allanah is now working on Press Play at Midsumma Festival, Melbourne in February. She recently finished work on Julia, A Lesbian at Melbourne Fringe in September. This one woman sitcom pilot set in Julia’s pink apartment delved into the complex world of female sexuality, sharp comedy, and the difficulty of letting in (and letting go). Julia, A Lesbian first premiered in Abu Dhabi as part of the New York University Abu Dhabi Capstone Festival, April 2018. Julia, A Lesbian was Co-Created by Allanah Avalon and Nathalie Kozak.

Other creative team positions include collaborating with Punch Drunk’s Sleep No More (costume apprentice), The National Theatre of Scotland's Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart (costume apprentice), Access Theater (directing apprentice under Jay Stull), Global Art Corps (intern), Zoukak Theater Company (costume apprentice) and Theater Mitu (intern). For the last two summers Allanah has been the stage manager for the Reality Show Abu Dhabi, a musical sketch comedy show exploring mental health for the incoming freshmen of the university. Both summers the show rehearsed in New York for nine weeks and then presented work at the Abu Dhabi National Theater and NYU Abu Dhabi Arts Center. 

She has trained with Phantom Limb, Theater Mitu and SITI Company in Viewpoints and Suzuki. She has also studied at Playwrights Horizons Theater School at NYU Tisch School of the Arts in New York City, USA. 

Allanah is a mental health advocate, interested in the combination of education and theater and how both can be used as a means to create performance laboratories where individuals can explore their identity and relationship to gender, sex and race.