Prolific director Allison Bergman has a passion for amplifying stories that illuminate the world through a female lens. Her exacting eye for detail and gift for generating solutions to seemingly unsolvable challenges elevates every project she helms - including three recently completed films and over 40 stage productions on both coasts. Her aptitude for directing comedy has earned her multiple international film awards.
Recognized for her broad knowledge of acting techniques and insightful coaching skills, Ms. Bergman empathetically inspires actors to tap profound depth and consistently deliver vulnerable, layered, and courageous performances. She has worked with luminaries including Phylicia Rashad, Leslie Uggams, Tamara Tunie, Leslie Odom Jr., and Josh Gad. Young artists, teachers and acting coaches find her acclaimed book, Acting the Song, widely used in musical theatre training programs, an invaluable resource.
Ms. Bergman’s discerning dramaturgical ability has earned her commissions from prominent writers and producers to develop scripts and adapt popular movies for Broadway, regional and international stages. Combining dramaturgical expertise with her collaborative, vision-driven leadership style, made Ms. Bergman’s tenure as Artistic Director of highly-regarded Broadway On Sunset a tremendous success. Of note, during this time she co-founded the West Coast Musical Theatre Conference, and shepherded numerous innovative stage musicals toward production. Her contributions to the theatre community have been recognized by Women In Theatre with the Outstanding Woman in Theatre in Los Angeles Award, and her directorial accomplishments acknowledged with a Drama-Logue Critics Award.
Screen legend Francis Lederer mentored Ms. Bergman at the American National Academy of Performing Arts for over a decade. On his 100th birthday, he encouraged her to learn something new every day. She has since earned degrees from LACC Theatre Academy, Boston University and Carnegie Mellon’s prestigious MFA Directing Program, where she was distinguished as a Stephen Bochco Directing Scholar.
Born and raised in Hollywood, Ms. Bergman began her career in entertainment at the age of ten with a recurring role on the beloved TV series The Bad News Bears. Today she comes full circle, ready to apply her directing and development talents to the evolving, fast-paced world of television.