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Lawrence, Alison


Alison is a writer and actor. Her most recent play is Piece by Piece, which premiered at the Next Stage Festival in January 2015, and was subsequently produced as part of the New American Voices series in London, UK. Her play The Thing Between Us premiered in an independent production at the Theatre Passe Muraille Backspace in fall 2014 and was shortlisted for the PGC's Carol Bolt Award for best new play premiered by a PGC member in 2014/2015.  She wrote and starred in The Catering Queen, which had two sold-out, critically acclaimed runs: first at the Toronto Fringe winning Pick of the Fringe and NOW Magazine’'s Outstanding New Play of the Fringe, and in an independent production at the Tarragon Theatre’s Extra Space. The Catering Queen was published by Scirocco Drama in the fall of 2011. 

Alison'’s other work includes And All For Love, which premiered at the National Arts Centre, and bittergirl, co-authored with Annabel Fitzsimmons and Mary Francis Moore, (also published by Scirocco Drama) which has had sold-out runs in Toronto, in theatres across Canada and in London, England.  The bittergirls also co-wrote the self-help guide Bittergirl: Getting Over Getting Dumped, published by Penguin Canada, Plume U.S. and in Brazil.  Bittergirl - the musical had its world premiere in 2015 at the Charlottetown Festival and will be produced across the country in 2016-2017.  Alison has also written the one-woman show Biff, in which she gave birth onstage; Going For Groceries, a play for mother and 10-year-old girl; as well as several personal essays for The Toronto Star, The Globe and Mail and The National Post.  

As an actor Alison has worked across the country at theatres from the Shaw Festival to the Upper Canada Theatre in Morrisburg Ontario. She is currently at work on a new play, Jam, with long time collaborator Mary Francis Moore, and on a romantic comedy for the Lighthouse Festival in Port Dover. With Moore she is the co-producer of the indie theatre company the mcguffin company. Alison lives in Toronto.

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