Presenter Profile

Allison Watrous

Guest Artist, Denver Center for the Performing Arts

ALLISON WATROUS is the Director of Education and has celebrated the DCPA as her artistic home for the past 20 years as an educator, actor and director. Allison is a collaborative leader of artists, teaching artists, actors, and educators and an innovative teacher who is passionate about working with students of all ages. She is currently on the faculty of Denver School of the Arts and the University of Colorado Denver. Acting work includes Kelly Young in Just Like Us, A Christmas Carol, John Brown’s Body and Scapin (DCPA Theatre Company); Girls Only – The Secret Comedy of Women (DCPA Cabaret); Astronomical Sunset (Curious Theatre Company), and Savage in Limbo, Crimes of the Heart, American Notes, Talley’s Folly and Gidion’s Knot (Sis Tryst Productions) Directing work includes Bus Stop (Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities), The Revolutionists (BETC), Brighton Beach Memoirs (Miners Alley Playhouse), Big Love (University of Denver), and Failure: A Love Story, The Laramie Project, Eurydice, Wintertime, Arcadia and The Beauty Queen of Leenane (Denver School of the Arts) Allison earned a Masters Degree in Fine Arts in Acting from the National Theatre Conservatory.

Allison's Workshops

    Activate Your Spontaneity through Improv

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , , , , / Regular

    How may improvisation continue to inform, develop, and shape your work as an actor? This workshop, conducted by educator, director, and Executive Director of DCPA’s Education and Community Engagement, Allison Watrous, moves beyond games-for-games sake and into deeper opportunities to ignite your presence, activate your entire body, tap into your instincts, and drop into the moment. Discover how to move beyond middle ground choices and into the heights of bolder ones that empower your colleagues on stage while sharpening your personal technique.

    The World of Viewpoints

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , , , , / Regular

    This dynamic, active, and improv movement workshop is based on the work of Anne Bogart and Tina Landau. The Viewpoints is designed to empower physical and vocal articulation, intuition, and spontaneity. Through ensemble-based exercises, this workshop activates Viewpoints’ spatial relationship, shape, gesture, tempo, duration, repetition, architecture, kinesthetic response, and topography. Your technique and confidence is sure to grow as you explore the connection between body and space.