Allison Lingren McGuire

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

Allison Lingren McGuire is a stage director based in Iowa. She has presented productions at 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 vocal arts collective that ran from 2012 to 2015. Opera Eight will return in 2017, after reorganizing as a digital opera company. Stay tuned for more details!

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 an adjunct Instructor of Piano and Voice at Central College in Pella, IA, where she also directs opera. She is the Director of Music Education at the George Daily Auditorium in Oskaloosa, teaching private music lessons and educational theatre classes. Ms. McGuire continues her connection with the Des Moines Playhouse, directing MTI KIDS performances and mainstage productions for its Kate Goldman Children's Theatre.

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