Alison’s theatrical experience spans more than 39 years. In that time she has acted in and directed over 100 plays, has written 13 original works, and was the Artistic Director of Centrepoint Theatre in Palmerston North from 1987 to 2004. In 2001 Alison was awarded a Queen’s Service Medal for Services to the Theatre. Alison is well known for her work on Shortland Street, where she played Yvonne Jeffries from 2004 to 2010. Her favourite roles include Cathy in Mum’s Choir, and Mattie Fae in August: Osage County for Auckland Theatre Company in 2010. Alison’s recent directing work includes Heroes for Auckland Theatre Company in 2015, and an annual community children’s production at Mangere Arts Centre featuring 30 new dancers, singers and actors. She has worked with many playwrights over the years but the playwright she has worked with the most is Roger Hall, having performed in and directed 15 of his plays. Since 2013, Alison has been the Performing Arts Manager of the Mangere Arts Centre where she works to support new work with emerging practitioners in South Auckland.