Allie Costa is a Los Angeles-based actress working in film, TV, theatre, and voiceover. She can usually be found on a set, in a theatre, or in a secondhand bookstore. She always has energy to burn and a song to sing. When not performing the works of others, she's writing her own. Occasionally, she sleeps.
• Catch Allie in her critically-acclaimed role as Annie in Alien vs. Musical, currently running at the Sacred Fools Theater in Hollywood. This award-winning new musical answers the question: What happens when the world of musical theatre meets the most terrifying and destructive alien in all cinema history? Learn more. The show runs through July 29th. Get tickets.
• Three of Allie's plays have been selected for Samuel French Bookshop's first-ever Summer Shorts Series, taking place in Hollywood this July:
• Two Girls was selected for Summer Playwrights Festival 7 and will be performed at The Road Theatre in Los Angeles on Tuesday, August 2nd. In this haunting duologue, two women emerge from a violent attack. Written by Allie Costa, directed by Chelsey Maus, featuring Amber Marie Bollinger and Erica Matlin. Learn more.
• Two, a special adaption of Two Girls, was selected for Herstory and will be performed August 6th at TheatreN16 in London. Written by Allie Costa and directed by Nastazja Somers, this production will feature Emily Sitch and Joshua Webb.
• She Has Seen the Wolf, written by Allie Costa, was also selected for Herstory and will be performed August 7th at TheatreN16 in London. The production will be directed by Nastazja Somers and will feature Lauren McGarvey as Scarlett, Elliott Rogers as Jasper, and Declan Cooke as Officer Graff. The premise: A modern-day Red Riding Hood asserts herself after receiving unwanted attention from a wolf.
• A Moment of Silence was selected for A Light in Dark Places: A Collection of Plays for Hope and will be produced September 9th through 11th at Stella Adler Theatre in Hollywood. Written by Allie Costa. Dedicated to the memory of Leelah Alcorn. Get tickets!
• How I Knew Her will be produced September 16th through September 25th by Eden Prairie Players in Minnesota. When two strangers cross paths in a graveyard, they discover they are mourning the same person. Written by Allie Costa, directed by Liz Michaelson. Get tickets!
• The View From Here will be published in the Smith and Kraus anthology 105 Five-Minute Plays for Study and Performance. The View From Here has roots in Andrew Wyeth's painting Christina's World and its subject, Anna Christina Olson. The anthology will be published in the fall of 2016.
• Allie plays Beethoven's first student (and first love) in For Elise. Now in post-production, the film involved both motion capture and voiceover work.
• Stay tuned for the new post-apocalyptic series Remain Calm. Allie is a guest star in the second episode.
• In You Me & Her, Anna (Shannon Woodward from Raising Hope) meets 30 alternate versions of herself and realizes they're all cooler than she is. Allie plays the teen version of Anna; Tina Majorino (Veronica Mars) plays Anna's roommate. You can see two different versions of Allie-as-Anna in the movie trailer. Written and directed by Sarah Doyle, the film was selected for the Bluestocking Film Series and screened in Maine in July.
• Allie wrapped pick-up shots for the film Second Service. She plays a girl on a prestigious tennis team with no tolerance for bad players.
• Faking Glory was produced at Queeroism, a festival held at Collaboraction in Chicago. Written by Allie Costa, Faking Glory features Carlos, a high school senior who has been nominated for Homecoming Queen as a prank, but he's determined to go to the dance anyway. Meanwhile, his best friend Marija is going through an identity crisis of her own. The Chicago production featured Claire Bauman and Jerico Bleu, directed by Georgette Verdin, with Matthew Nerber as assistant director. The festival was curated by Bex Ehrmann and Nikki R. Veit.
• Failure to Communicate, a comedy written by Allie Costa, toured LCB Dinner Theater and other Florida venues under the direction of Mary Brophy.
• Allie performed at MUSI-CAL at Rockwell Table & Stage with the cast of Alien vs. Musical.
• Allie played a young Alice B. Sheldon (acclaimed science fiction writer, research psychologist, and member of the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps and the CIA, among other things) in a developmental reading of The Woman Who Went to Outer Space as a Man by Maureen Huskey.
• Two Girls had a staged reading at Samuel French in Hollywood, featuring Shannon Martinous and Allie Costa. Allie also wrote and directed the piece. The reading was part of an afternoon of new feminist works presented by Working Title and the Women's Center for Creative Work.
• Don't Shoot the Messenger Pigeon was produced at Three Penny Theatre in Sacramento for Resurrection Theatre's Save Our Shorts festival. Don't Shoot the Messenger Pigeon is a dark comedy about what it takes to be a true professional. Written by Allie Costa, directed by Aerin Morneau, featuring Mallory Brodeur as Brooke and Justin Kortuem as the Messenger.
• Tofurkey Day was selected for Pop-Up Theater, held in Virginia by Panglossian Productions. Tofurkey Day has also been staged in Chicago, Los Angeles, San Diego, Seattle, the UK, and Florida, where it was named Best of the Fest, Audience Choice. This multi-generational comedy is always in season.
• Nebulous Fix, a short comedy written by Allie Costa, directed by Mary Brophy, was performed at LCB Dinner Theater and other Florida venues.
• Two of Allie's short pieces, Pit Stop and Amelia, Still, were selected for Gi60 2016 and performed at the New Workshop Theatre in Brooklyn.
• Two more of Allie's short pieces, Sleepwalker and Back There, were selected for the Gi60 #NextGen festival, also held in Brooklyn.
• Allie participated in a reading of The Civil War Remembered, playing a young woman who enlisted as a drummer boy.
• Allie wrapped principal photography on the film Second Service. She plays a girl on a prestigious tennis team with no tolerance for bad players.
• She Has Seen the Wolf, written by Allie Costa, was one of six plays named Best of PlayGround-LA. The selected plays were published in the Best of PlayGround Los Angeles 2016 anthology and had staged readings at the Zephyr Theatre in Hollywood. The reading was directed by Jennifer Chang and featured Christina Wren as Scarlett, Clayton B. Hodges as Jasper, and Richard Ruyle as Officer Graff. The premise: A modern-day Red Riding Hood asserts herself after receiving unwanted attention from a wolf.
• You Me & Her was screened at 107 Projects in Redfern, Australia. In the film, Anna (played by Shannon Woodward) meets 30 alternate versions of herself and realizes they're all cooler than she is. Allie plays the teen version of Anna. Watch the trailer.
• Femme Noir, written and directed by Allie Costa, was produced by Urban Theatre Movement in Los Angeles. Inspired by classic noir stories such as Double Indemnity, Femme Noir follows a female P.I. hired by a notorious playboy to solve a murder in 1944. The production featured Meghan Lewis, Spencer Weitzel, Evelyn Lorena, Cassie Carpenter, and Isabella Eisenpresser.
• Allie played Barbara in a reading of The Devil You Know, a new musical adaptation of the film Angel on My Shoulder.
• She Was Never Lost was produced at the Rover Dramawerks 365 Women a Year Festival in Plano, Texas. Written by Allie Costa and directed by Kevin Westbrook, this short one-woman piece featured Emory Lambert as Alice Liddell, who inspired Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. The festival included 15 different plays about extraordinary women in past and present history.
• Checkpoint, a comedy written by Allie Costa and directed by Mary Brophy, was performed at LCB Dinner Theater and other venues in Florida.
• Allie played Lucinda in Into the Woods, produced by The Confidential Musical Theatre Project. For one night only, a group of fearless professional actors gathered at the Colony Theatre to perform Sondheim's famous fairy tale musical live on stage without ever having rehearsed together - and it was amazing. Learn more about the project.
• The Potion of Wisdom had its first screening in Los Angeles. Written and directed by Connor Jacob, the film stars Allie Costa, Alec Gaylord, and April Lang. Set in 19th-century France, the story follows Rose (Allie) and Jean-Paul (Alec) as they learn to be careful what they wish for, lest it come true.
• Raise Your Hand, a new dramatic play by Allie Costa, was staged at the Hudson Theatre in Hollywood. Starring Roxanna Kaye and Brett Colbeth, directed by Miranda Stewart, produced by 2Cents Theatre Group at INK Fest 2016.
• A Moment of Silence, written by Allie Costa, inspired by the life of Leelah Alcorn, had a staged reading at 13th Street Rep in New York as a selection for In Her Name, a festival produced by NOplays. The reading was directed by Abigail Barr and featured Bear Spiegel, Erika Amato, and Kaitlyn Fouts.
• Little Swan, a Pas de Deux was staged at Silk Road Art Gallery in New Haven, Connecticut as part of HERSTORY, a festival produced by NOplays. Written by Allie Costa and directed by Brooks Appelbaum, the play featured Elisa Albert as Anna Pavlova and Stella Baker as Madame. Read Allie's interview with NOplays. Little Swan was published in Best of PlayGround Los Angeles and is available for licensing and production.
• Allie's comedies Breaking Cover, Reliving History, and Looking Foreclosure had staged readings at Meta Theatre in Hollywood, directed by Collette Rutherford, produced by Infinite Jest Theatre Company. The cast included Ben Campbell, Julianne Dowler, Gail Friedland, Charlie Howell, Courtney Locks, Maria Mastroyanis, Doug Mattingly, and Hollister Starrett.
• Labyrinthine, Allie's comedic take on the Minotaur myth, was selected for Variations: Spring and had a workshop in San Diego.
• Allie booked a role in The Confidential Musical Theatre Project! She can't tell you much, but she can tell you this much: it's a musical you know and love; the musical is cast in advance with professional actors, but there are no group rehearsals; and the audience shows up not knowing what musical it is. Learn more about the project. The show will be held Sunday, April 3rd at the Colony Theatre in Burbank.
• The Potion of Wisdom (formerly titled Qualia) is now in post-production and will be screened in April.
• Allie performed "There is No Tomorrow" from Alien vs. Musical at A Little New Music at Rockwell Table & Stage.
• She Has Seen the Wolf was selected for PlayGround-LA and had a staged reading at the Zephyr Theatre in Hollywood. This modern-day take on Little Red Riding Hood tackles the subjects of street harassment and assault. She Has Seen the Wolf was written by Allie Costa, directed by Jim Kleinmann, and featured Lyndsy Kail as Scarlett, Clayton B. Hodges as Jasper, and Tahmus Rounds as Officer Graff.
• Allie performed in the New Voices Project.
• Allie played energetic, enthusiastic Zoe in a reading of Hannah Doty's new screenplay, Surviving Life.
• Breaking Cover had its world premiere at the Urban Waves Open Hydrant Play Festival at The Point Theater in the Bronx. Written by Allie Costa and directed by Cassandra Giovine, this unique spring break comedy about spies, lies, and alibis (and pancakes!) featured Shannon Uphold, Monica Ammerman, Pablo Sandstrom, and Ryan Glynn.
• Two Girls was selected for the first-ever Reproductive Freedom Festival, held March 20th in New York. Written by Allie Costa and directed by Stacey Linnartz, Two Girls featured MacKenzie Meehan and Julia Kelly and was part of the Next Generations segment. The festival was livestreamed for an international audience.
• 35MM: A Musical Exhibition had a six-week run at The Complex in Hollywood. It was the first Los Angeles professional production of this innovative musical, which is based on the photographs of Matthew Murphy with music and lyrics by Ryan Scott Oliver. The cast: Jeff Scot Carey, Cody Clark, Emily Clark, Nate Parker, Vincent Perez, Dana Shaw, and Katherine Washington. The directors: Lucas Alifano, Meghan Allison, Amy Bartlett, Jeff Scot Carey, Emily Clark, John Ross Clark, and Allie Costa.
• Drop in the Ocean was selected for the Bellarmine International 10-Minute Play Festival and had its world premiere in Kentucky. Written by Allie Costa, this play is dedicated to the conservation of marine protected areas, also called "hope spots." The production was directed by John Rooney.
• She Was Never Lost had its world premiere at Monster Box Theatre's 365 Women Festival in Michigan. Written by Allie Costa and directed by Michelle E. Alford, She Was Never Lost is a short one-woman play about the life of Alice Liddell, who inspired Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.
• Allie's play California Here We Come was named an Out on a Limb finalist.
• Allie's play A Taste of the Future was named a Lakeshore Players Theatre semi-finalist.
• Quality Assurance, written by Allie Costa, directed by Mary Brophy, was performed at LCB Dinner Theater and other Florida venues.
• Allie booked a lead role in Qualia, a film set in 19th-century France. Principal photography began in February.
• Allie lent her voice to a cool, spooky character in a new video game. Which game? Her lips are sealed until it's officially revealed.
• Allie performed her original piece Coffee and Cocoa at Samuel French's Monologue-a-Looza. Julia Cho performed Allie's piece For Valentina.
• Two Girls was staged at the Keble Arts Festival in Oxford. Written by Allie Costa, directed by Milla Jackson, this production featured Phoebe Ladenburg and Naomi Peters as two women who emerge from a violent attack.
• Tofurkey Day was selected for the Fantastic.Z New Works Festival and produced at Eclectic Theater in Seattle. Written by Allie Costa and directed by Kate Arnold-Huisentruit, the production featured Jessica Severance as Moira, Sarah Winsor as Angie, Mary E. Brown as Sandy, Kevin Harland as Duke, and Katya Davida Landau as Lucinda.
• How I Knew Her was selected for the Kicking & Swearing one-act festival and presented in Rahway, New Jersey. Written by Allie Costa and directed by Alicia Cordero, How I Knew Her captures the meeting of two strangers whose paths cross in a graveyard. They soon discover they are mourning the same person - for very different reasons.
• Allie's forward-thinking play A Taste of the Future was selected for Variations: Winter and had a workshop in San Diego.
• The Intervention Will Be Televised, a funny look at the effects of binge-watching TV shows, had a sold-out run at Whitefire Theatre in Los Angeles. Written by Allie Costa and directed by Bryan Rasmussen, this was the world premiere of the play, which previously had readings at Play Club West and Drama West.
• Femme Noir was produced at Old Library Theatre in New Jersey. Inspired by classic noir stories such as Double Indemnity, the play follows a female private investigator hired by a notorious playboy to solve a murder in 1944. Written by Allie Costa and directed by Toni Braun, the cast included Debra Carozza-Lynch, Geoffrey Waumans, Judy Wilson, Elizabeth Marsh, and Brittany Bur.
• How Soon is Now? was selected for The Morrissey Plays and produced by San Francisco Theater Pub at the popular Bay Area venue PianoFight. How Soon is Now? is a solo piece written by Allie Costa. It was performed by Kitty Torres and directed by Stuart Bousel.
• Allie's funny play The Intervention Will Be Televised was selected for the Winter Shorts festival, running at Whitefire Theatre in Los Angeles January 19th through February 23rd. If you've ever binge-watched a TV show, you'll appreciate this production.
• Following Femme Noir's successful run in D.C., Allie was honored with the award for Best Script at the 2015 One-Act Festival.
• Allie's article Back to Basics: How to Be Yourself While Pretending to Be Someone Else was published on Actors Access.
• Click here for Allie's resume. Check out Allie's credits on IMDb. Film/TV credits include 90210, Unusual Suspects, Goldfish Love, Pizza With Aeneas, and Solace. Theatre credits include Spring Awakening, Hamlet, Gypsy, You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown, and Anything Goes.
• Listen to Allie's musical theatre and animation voiceover demo. Allie can be heard on the original cast soundtracks of Starring Clara Bow, Invisible, Juliet of the Sky, Mr. Potcher's Holiday, Limberlost, You Made Me Love You, and more. Visit Allie's SoundCloud.
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