Allison Van Gaal
Allison is much sought after vocal coach with over 20 years experience. She is a qualified high school music teacher and is also qualified to teach VET Entertainment Industries.
Allison holds a Bachelor of Music and a Graduate Diploma of Education. Allison has performed in over 80 local
productions in her 27 years in the Newcastle Theatre Community, where she has had numerous lead roles in
musicals, cabarets, plays, and both directed and musical directed receiving a City of Newcastle Dramatic Award
nomination for Best Musical Direction and Best Supporting Actress in a dramatic play.
In 2015 Allison directed Michael Gows Away; and she was nominated for Best Director at the City of Newcastle
Drama Awards (CONDAS). More recently she was the recipient of the Tantrum Trajectory Residency Program creating and
directing her original theatre work “Welcome”for Crack Festival. Allison has previously directed and acted for both
Micro Theatre festival and Hissy Festival.
In 2018 Allison directed Year of the Rooster for Knock and Run Theatre earning a CONDA nomination for
Best Direction. Also this year Allison was Assistant Director for Stooged production of The Dark Room and she
most recently played the lead role “George” in Newcastle Theatre Company’s Peep Show earning a nomination for
Best Actress in a Dramatic Play at the CONDAS. Allison is passionate about new work and devising ensemble based
theatre and she is thrilled to be the 2019 tutor for Hunter Drama’s Actors Company.