Alison Durkee

Arts/Culture Writer and Critic

**Please find updated samples of my writing at alisondurkee.com.**

New York City-based writer and editor with a specialization in theatre, dance, and cultural tourism.

Current Features Editor for the London-based theatre website Everything Theatre and news writer for Mic.com. Contributor to such online publications as Exeunt Magazine, StageBuddy, Dance Network, and Critical Dance, with additional cultural/travel writing for Thought Gallery and City Guide NY.

Professional experience includes work with HERE Arts Center as Marketing Fellow, in addition to serving as a Research Assistant for The Theatre Museum and "With No Regrets: A Dancin' Man's Journey," an independent documentary on Broadway dancer/choreographer Tony Stevens that debuted at the 2013 Dances with Films Festival in Hollywood, CA.

Education:
MA with Distinction, Theatre Studies (Performance and the City)
Royal Central School of Speech and Drama
Thesis on Midcentury Nostalgia and Musical Theatre Revivals

BA Individualized Study (Concentration in Musical Theatre Studies and History)
New York University Gallatin School of Individualized Study

Software/Skills: Proficient in Adobe Photoshop, InDesign, and Illustrator; Microsoft Office; Wordpress/CMS; HTML/CSS; and basic graphic design/DSLR photography (samples available upon request). Fluency in both US (native speaker) and UK English.

Portfolio

At a Glance

'All that Jack (Cole)' Film Series
The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY January 20-February 6, 2016 Alison Durkee All That Jack: Discovering the Work of Jack Cole at MoMA Curated by Debra Levine and Dave Kehr...
Trump wants to oust Obama's ambassadors: Here's how US envoys are usually selected
U.S. ambassadors around the world are scrambling in the wake of President-elect Donald Trump's impending inauguration. According to the New York Times , Trump is forcing...
Manus x Machina: Cutting-Edge Fashion at the Met
As technology continues to advance, it impacts not only the world of gadgets and software, but also the more traditional arts. Its effect on the fashion world is now being...
Review: King Liz - StageBuddy.com
The high-profile world of the NBA is dominated by men, but in , it's a woman who takes center court. Fernanda Coppel's new play, currently premiering at Second Stage Uptown,...
Unhealthy | Exeunt Magazine
It begins with four actors. They're not characters-not just yet. Each actor has rehearsed two roles; which one they'll be playing at each performance is left up to director...
New York's Easter Parade
Easter in New York brings egg hunts, fine brunches, and a bonnet-filled procession down Fifth Avenue that's been a city tradition for nearly a century and a half. Celebrate the...
Warhol by the Book at the Morgan Library in NYC
From the vibrant hues of his Marilyn Monroe prints to his Campbell's Soup cans, Andy Warhol's iconic, larger-than-life works often reflect our culture more than the artist himself.
What is a recess appointment - and what is the likelihood Merrick Garland will get one?
With less than a month before President-elect Trump's inauguration, many are wondering what actions President Barack Obama will take in his final days in the Oval Office. Will...
'SNL': Hillary Clinton gives a 'Love Actually' inspired message to the Electoral College
Kate McKinnon returned as Hillary Clinton on Saturday Night Live's Christmas special to send a message to the Electoral College - Love Actually style. Replicating the iconic...
What to Catch at the New York Public Library This Fall
By Alison Durkee The New York Public Library's free public programs have something for everyone, with a dense fall slate that runs from Alice in Wonderland to urban design to...
How the government funds Planned Parenthood on the state and federal levels
The new session of Congress began last week, and Planned Parenthood is already under attack. Republicans have vowed to cut federal funding to the organization as part of their...
Inventive and diverse: Ballet NY's 2015 Season
Alison Durkee Ballet in New York City is often associated with such renowned large companies as New York City Ballet and ABT. But this past weekend, Ballet NY demonstrated...
Best New York City Museums for School Groups
With museums focused on art, science, history, and everything in between, New York City is full of opportunities for students to learn more about the world. Although the city...
Review: Raft - StageBuddy.com
Modern life can get overwhelming with the seemingly unlimited number of options it presents. But how far should you go to escape? This is the question posed by , a new play by...
From Tutus to Twyla: The Best Dance Shows This Fall in NYC
Summer may be coming to an end, but dance fans have a lot to look forward to this fall. The start of the new season brings a host of exciting performances, complete with...
Copywriting Sample
Membership mailing created as HERE Arts Center's Marketing Fellow, for which I wrote all except for the specific show descriptions
Adam Richman on 'Stalking the Bogeyman'
As the host of such television programmes as Man v. Food and ITV's BBQ Champ, Adam Richman is known better for his work on screen - and in the kitchen - than in theatre.

Theatre Criticism

Floyd Collins, Wilton's Music Hall - Review
Cons: The intricate orchestrations and sometimes distracting Kentucky accents make the show occasionally sound muddled. A well-staged and atmospheric revival of a daring show...
FringeNYC Review: Dancers - StageBuddy.com
An elderly woman slowly emerges from behind a trunk, plugs in a small lamp, and retreats into the past. So begins Dancers, a 'movement play' performed by Wrought Atlas Theatre...
FringeNYC Review: A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again - StageBuddy.com
FringeNYC Review: A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again In 1995, author David Foster Wallace set sail on a seven-night luxury Caribbean cruise aboard the MV Zenith and...
FringeNYC Review: Hard Day's Night - StageBuddy.com
FringeNYC Review: Hard Day's Night "I live in an indie movie." So declares Kelly K. Kelly, the main character of Hard Day's Night, a wonderfully entertaining new play by Vicki...
Review: Shakespeare Off-Broadway's "The Taming of the Shrew" - StageBuddy.com
Review: Shakespeare Off-Broadway's "The Taming of the Shrew" Unlike Shakespeare's many plays that still resonate 400 years later, The Taming of the Shrew's outdated gender...
Review: Future Honey - StageBuddy.com
It's no secret how reliant we are on technology. It pervades nearly every aspect of our lives-without it, you wouldn't be reading this review. But trying to take on such a...
Review: Blurred Lines at the National Theatre
Review: Putting it Together at the St. James Theatre
FringeNYC Review: dungeon - StageBuddy.com
FringeNYC Review: dungeon Plastic bags, flashlights, a white canvas, and Day-Glo bendy straws become the portal to a subterranean world in dungeon, an imaginative puppetry piece...
Review: What Are You Eating? - StageBuddy.com
Review: What Are You Eating? From the latest health food promises to the perpetual lure of junk food, our relationship with the food we eat is often a complicated one. This...

Dance Criticism


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