Alison Quigan’s theatrical experience spans more than 40 years. In that time, she has acted in and directed over 100 plays, has written 14 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 Theatre. She 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. Alison’s directing work at ATC includes By Degrees in 1994, Who Wants to be 100? in 2007, The Twits in 2011, A Shortcut to Happiness in 2012, Heroes in 2015, and an annual community children’s production at Māngere Arts Centre. These productions have included Pigs on The Run, Mirror Mirror and The Wizard of Ōtāhuhu, and have become very successful, featuring 40 dancers, singers and actors, aged from 10 to 30 years. She has worked with many playwrights over the years but the one she has worked with most often is Roger Hall. She has performed in, directed or produced 20 of his plays: some of them more than once. Since 2013, Alison has been the Performing Arts Manager of the Māngere Arts Centre Ngā Tohu o Uenuku where she works to support new work with emerging practitioners in South Auckland. In 2019, Alison was invited to join the ATC as a Board member.
Taking Off. Mum's Choir. Mum's Choir. Who Wants to Be 100?. Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. The Wife Who Spoke Japanese in Her Sleep. August: Osage County. Calendar Girls. The Twits. A Shortcut to Happiness. A Shortcut to Happiness. The Heretic. The Lolly Witch of Mumuland. Heroes. Last Legs. Winding Up. By Degrees.