Famed director, choreographer Allison Grant, BMus’79, back for Carmen

Western still has a familiar feel for Allison Grant, BMus’79.

“I think these are the same seats,” she said, rubbing the 1970ish-style blue cloth seats back stage at the Davenport Theatre. “No, really, I think these are the same ones. Well, the (mini) fridge is new. We didn't have that.”

One of North America’s most acclaimed and sought-after theatre directors and choreographers, Grant returns to Western to direct and choreograph Carmen, the latest offering from Western’s Opera Program, running Nov. 16-19 at the Paul Davenport Theatre.

“I feel enormously lucky to be where I am these days. A lot of that comes from the teachers I met here, people like Al Reimer,” she said. “He taught more than just Voice; he taught us to be emotionally rounded people; he taught us, by experience, to be compassionate and loving. I noticed that with a lot of the teachers here – I see it in these students today. They are supported by their teachers so completely. They are so caring.”

Read full article (Western News, November 16, 2017)
Photo: Paul Mayne/Western News

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