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Allison Lingren McGuire

Allison Lingren McGuire

Co-Creator, Stage Director, Community-Arts Development Specialist, Music/Theatre Educator, Musician

Allison Lingren McGuire is a stage director, music/theatre educator, and community arts practitioner based in Iowa. She has presented productions at the George Daily Auditorium, the Des Moines Playhouse, Central College Opera, Opera North in Lebanon, NH, and Knoxville Area Community Theatre.

As an assistant director, Ms. McGuire has worked with Catherine Doherty and Louis Burkot at Opera North and Andrew Eggert at Opera Omaha. 

Allison was Artistic Director and a co-founder of Opera Eight, a Des Moines-based opera collective that ran from 2012 to 2015.

Ms. McGuire directed the Des Moines Playhouse's production of Sarah, Plain and Tall, which was one of three Des Moines metro-area shows nominated for "Best Ensemble" in the Family Division of the 2016 Cloris Leachman Awards for Excellence in Theatre.

Currently, Ms. McGuire works as the Director of Music Education at the George Daily Auditorium in Oskaloosa, teaching private music lessons and educational theatre classes. She is the Drama Director/Thespian Troupe Leader at Oskaloosa High School and oversees the George Daily Auditorium’s fundraising efforts as its Development Director.

Ms. McGuire earned her Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Vocal Performance from Millikin University and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.