Allison St John

Grad Teaching Assistant
Graduate Assistant/Associate
TEMPE Campus

Student Information

Graduate Student
Theatre (Theatre For Youth)
Herberger Institute


Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Alli is a Tempe, AZ based teaching artist, director, intimacy coordinator, and performer. Alli graduated from Baldwin Wallace University with a B.A. in Theatre Arts with a concerntration in acting and directing, as well as Spansh Language Studies. She is currently earning her M.F.A. in Theatre for Youth at Arizona State University.

As an artist, collaborator, and student, Alli's goals overlap in many ways. She aims to make meaningful contributions in communities, continue life-long learning, and create new and exciting theatre for and with young audiences. Much of her experience as a theatre maker and educator has been with youth to create brave spaces to explore the day-to-day experience of being a young person in an adult-centered world.

For the past ten years, Alli has worked as a director, teacher, and mentor to students ages 3 to 22 in positions such as drama specialist, lead teaching artist, and director/producer, as well as a performer in professional childrens theatres. Alli has developed new and exciting programming for community arts centers with a focus in challenging the antiquated expectations for what students are capable of understanding and creating, while always keeping students needs and interests as a priority. Alli has developed age-appropriate lessons and performances centered around the techniques of Puppetry, Commedia dellArte and other methods of physical theatre, Linklater vocal training, and Alexander Technique body work, as well as devising original content.


Arizona State University
MFA Theatre for Youth

Baldwin Wallace University
BA Theatre (Acting/Directing), Spanish

Research Interests

  • Intimacy directing with young actors
  • Power dynamics in educational settings
  • Community Cultural Development
  • Puppetry in theatre for youth
  • Consent-based language development in youth theatre