About Allison

Allison McWood is a full-time, multi award-winning playwright, screenwriter and librettist who takes a particular interest in farce and political satire. Allison holds an honours degree in English Literature from York University with a specialization in Renaissance Drama. She also spent two years studying Playwriting and Dramaturgy through York’s Department of Theatre and received a diploma from the Institute of Children’s Literature.

Allison’s first attempt at writing a play was at the age of seven when she wrote a musical detailing the pursuit of a lost goat in a French mountain village. Although this play is not included in Allison’s repertoire, she believes the little, pink notebook, containing the script might still be stashed somewhere in the closet at her parents’ house.

Allison attended Huron Heights Secondary School in Newmarket, Ontario where she was the editor and theatre critic of her school newspaper. Some of the best friends she ever had were in fact, high school teachers, (three in particular) whose unwavering support and encouragement helped her overcome the odds she faced in becoming a writer.

Since then, her plays have been produced across Canada and have been recognized both nationally and internationally. Charming audiences across Canada, Allison has been produced literally from Vancouver to Halifax, working alongside theatre artists from: Stratford, Broadway, The Shaw Festival and The Second City. She has been endorsed by every major, periodical in Toronto, was on the cover of Eye Weekly Magazine, and had a feature interview on CBC Radio. In addition, she had three plays published by the University of Guelph and had one of her plays taught in a Theatre class at The University of British Columbia.

Currenly, Allison's full-length play, It Was Kit: The TRUE Story of Christopher Marlowe is being taught to Masters students at the University of Lucknow in India. The play is being used as a topic in several post graduate thesis works.

To date, Allison has written more than 30 plays, nearly 20 screenplays and more than 400 characters.