Allison Hetzel

Associate Professor of Acting & Voice


Allison Hetzel, Associate Professor of Voice and Acting, teaches acting, voice, and speech courses in the undergraduate and graduate theatre programs.  She is certified as an Associate Teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework (2008).  See  Allison was one of the vocal coaches for the 2011 summer season at the Colorado Shakespeare Festival in Boulder, Colorado.  Allison wrote and performed a one-woman show based on the life and work of Georgia O’Keeffe, titled Considering Georgia O’Keeffe, which she performed in August 2009 and 2010 Edinburgh Fringe Festival as well as the East to Edinburgh Festival of 2010 in New York City at the 59 East 59th Street Theatres.  Allison has also collaborated with colleague Sarah Barry in creating and performing a text-based theatre dance piece that premiered in Biel, Switzerland at the 46th International Choreographers’ Showcase.  This project has recently become a dance for film project.  Allison is the Voice, Speech, and Text coach for UA theatre productions.  Some past projects include Hell: Paradise Found, The Time of Your Life, Henry V, The Playboy of the Western World, and Blithe Spirit.  Additionally, she also vocal coaches for the on-air voices of Alabama Public Radio.  Past directing credits at UA include The Miss Firecracker Contest and Our Town and she co-directs the New York City student actor showcase, “Bama on Broadway” each spring for graduating theatre students.  Allison received her MFA in Voice and Acting Pedagogy from Virginia Commonwealth University, where she studied voice and speech with Janet Rodgers.  Prior to her graduate work, Allison performed at the following theatres in Chicago, IL: Organic Theatre, Ivanhoe, Factory, and The Theatre Building.  She has studied Classical Greek theatre with the Athens Centre of Greece, where she performed in a touring production of The Trojan Women.  She also performed in Darkly Beautiful at the 2002 International Theatre Festival of Sibiu, Romania, where she worked with the DAH Theatre Company of Yugoslavia.  Allison has led voice and acting workshops in Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Tennessee, Virginia, Wisconsin, and Scotland.  She is a member of the Voice and Speech Trainers Association (VASTA) and is entering her third year as a teacher with Arts n Autism.