About Allyson Adams

“Movie at the Adobe” showing “Love Me Tender”. Featuring talk with Allyson Adams, the author of “The Rebel & The King”

Allyson Adams is a playwright, screenwriter, author, producer and teacher. As a third generation, Hollywood descendant, Ms. Adams made her acting debut with Elizabeth Montgomery at 1 years old.

Ms. Adams has had over 20 plays produced in Los Angeles, New York City, New Zealand, Santa Cruz and Montana.  Her play PINK, starring Kelli Maroney, drew sold out audiences at the American Renegade Theater, was reviewed by the LA Times,  and LA Weekly Pick of the Week.

Ms. Adams wrote, directed and acted in the Montana PBS docudrama Peace is a Woman’s Job, about first Congresswoman Jeannette Rankin. Ms. Adams is the former Madam Mayor of Historical Landmark Virginia City and is the three-time recipient of the S.P.I.N. grant (and numerous others) for her youth drama, history and Native Indian programs in Montana.

In 2012, she published The Rebel & The King written by her late, actor father, the Oscar nominated actor Nick Adams, about his friendship with Elvis Presley.  She launched the book at Graceland.

A gifted teacher, Ms. Adams conducts seasonal Montana Writing Retreats and History Drama Camps in Virginia City, Montana.


OGCT (Orphan Girl Children’s Theatre) premiered musical Duck Ugly by Allyson Adams at the Mother Lode Theatre in Butte, Montana, Winter 2017. Ms. Adams also choreographed. Local Playwright writes about inclusion.

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Spring 2017, An Addict Speaks, premiered at UTM (Urban Theatre Movement)  2017 Urban Legends One Act Festival in Los Angeles.

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Gisla Stringer (director), Allyson Adams (playwright), Mathew Beinas (addict). Studio/Stage Theatre, Hollywood. California.

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Westward Beach, Malibu, California, 2017.

For the 100 Year Anniversary of Jeannette Rankin’s election to Congress in 1916, Adams wrote new play,  Save the Country, with performed readings in Bozeman and Missoula, Montana.


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Ms. Adams produces and conducts workshops for Montana Writer’s Retreats. Visit the website for more info.

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Virginia City Winter Writer’s Retreat, 2017, at the Elling House Arts and Humanities Center.



Virginia City Winter Writer’s Retreat, 2016.


Ms. Adams celebrated  her 20th Anniversary of  holding Virginia City History Drama Camps.

The V.C. History Drama Camp rehearsing at The Torch Theatre, 2016dramacamptrio


Happy Actors. Nancy Gabor’s Actor’s Core Technique Intensive, New York City, 2015.


Nancy Gabor making her magic.

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Ms. Adams successfully produced the Los Angeles Workshop in Malibu, California.

Ms. Adams published her father’s manuscript about his friendship with Elvis Presley written in 1956. Nick Adams was Elvis Presley’s best friend when he came to Hollywood. Read all about it in The Rebel & The King by Nick Adams. Available  The Rebel & The King sold on Amazon

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Nick Adams and Elvis Presley backstage at Tupelo Homecoming Concert, Sept. 26, 1956.

Native American western Four Winds directed by Nick Brokaw premiered at Cannes and won Best Costume Design at the Los Angeles Movie Awards, along with other numerous awards. Four Winds IMDB  Allyson Adams designed the “ladies” costumes for the film.


My lovely, costumed, soiled doves out at Paramount Ranch in Cornell, CA.

Moment of Peace, about suffragist and first Congresswoman Jeannette Rankin, toured Montana for a decade. The docudrama Peace is a Woman’s Job, written, acted, produced and directed by Allyson Adams, aired on Montana PBS.

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Adams has lectured on the Personal Narrative at USC Film School and served on the Montana Committee for the Humanities Speakers Bureau for her work on Jeannette Rankin and Emily Dickinson. Ms. Adams won The People’s Choice Award at Malibu Film Festival for co-writing and directing documentary A Bittersweet Tale, about recovering heroin addict, Bara Byrnes.


With 40 years experience as a playwright, director and teacher, Ms. Adams has championed the healing power of Creativity. Children of the Long White Cloud is the name of her cultural work with Maori teens, and River Mountain Repertory is a youth program she founded in Virginia City Montana in 1997.

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Ms. Adams is former Madam Mayor of National Historic Landmark, Virginia City, Montana, where she brought 400 goats to eat the noxious weeds instead of using toxic chemicals. Billings Gazette article. filmmakers_allyson



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Nick Brokaw, A. Martinez, Allyson Adams, Seri De Young at Four Winds screening.







23 thoughts on “About Allyson Adams

  1. I am trying to contact Allyson Adams about the book she published “The Rebel and The King”. I Bought one Directly from her several years ago, and it has become lost. Also she had Signed It herself. So I REALLY want to replace it,even if I do find the one lost, and instead of going through Amazon to get one, I would prefer to get it from Allyson and Signed, as I did before, IF POSSIBLE. I REALLY ENJOYED this unknown relationship her Dad had with Elvis and his family in 1956,I was a real FAN of Nick Adams work in the REBEL on TV and his movies, Also the fact he was in Rebel Without a Cause with JAMES DEAN!! Wow, he really got to work with these two Giants,who are remembered now for Nick having knowing BOTH of them. I have bought 2 copies of “The Rebel” to share one with friends, and look forward to more sharing this enjoyable Series with others. Thank you Sooooo Much,and for bringing about the book! R. Gann


  2. Thank you SO MUCH for all you’ve done to educate the world about Jeanette Rankin. I just discovered your work today, while beginning to put together a set of sources for my own project: writing a book aimed at grades 2 and 3, about Ms Rankin, starting with her childhood and culminating with women gaining the right to vote.

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  3. Hi! I’m doing a project on Jeannette Rankin, and I was wondering if you would be available for an interview, either by phone or email. Please let me know if you would be willing to do this.


  4. Hi Allyson, when I met you last winter at Carol’s in Malibu and bought a copy of The Rebel & the King you were mentioning that there were some posts about your dad’s relationship to James Dean on your website. Could you tell me where to find them? Thanks so much!

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  5. Hi Allyson: I have included you in a poetry challenge. If you are not into this sort of thing, please feel free not to participate. It is supposed to be fun. The challenge is to post a poem about what LOVE IS…. to you. The criteria are: the poem is 10 lines long, each line begins with the word love and is only 4 words long. When you have completed the poem post it and list 15 other bloggers you think would enjoy the challenge. You can read more about this challenge at https://lightwalker1.wordpress.com/. In love and light Cheryle

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    • Hi Tom, I remember coming to Iowa with my Dad and going to school there while he was shooting. My brother, Jeb, and I also were in the movie and ran up to the fence during the race crash. Everyone was so nice and my Dad played a funny character. The poster is hysterical. Thanks so much for writing.
      Best, Allyson


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