About Allyson Adams



Allyson Adams is an author, playwright, director, actress and teacher. She is headed to the Tupelo Elvis Festival, June 1-4, 2017 to participate as one of the Judges for the Elvis Tribute Artist contest and partake in all the festivities with her father’s book The Rebel and the King by Nick Adams, about his friendship with Elvis Presley. ELVISFEST17_FINAL_small_ce816f4f-b744-4245-ad4f-bdf697fb7561_grande

Ms. Adams most recent play, An Addict Speaks, premiered at The 2017 Urban Legends Play Festival in Los Angeles, and her musical Duck Ugly was just produced by the Orphan Girl Children’s Theatre at the Mother Lode Theatre in Butte, Montana.

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For the 100 Year Anniversary of Jeannette Rankin’s election to Congress, Adams wrote a new play, Save the Country, that has had staged readings in Bozeman and Missoula.


Ms. Adams is currently producing and conducting workshops for Montana Writer’s Retreats. Visit the website for more info.





Last summer, Allyson conducted her 6th Virginia City History Drama Camp at the Elling House Arts and Humanities Center. The kids had a blast.

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

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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Backstage at Tupelo Homecoming Concert, Sept. 26, 1956


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. Jeannette Rankin website

Peace is a Woman's Job

Watch the trailer 


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 First Congresswoman Jeannette Rankin and poet 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. She is also an award winning costume designer for the movie Four Winds at L.A. Movie Awards.


With 30 years’ experience as a playwright, director and teaching young people across the globe, Ms. Adams has championed the healing power of Creativity. Children of the Long White Cloud is the name of her cultural work with the Maori teens of New Zealand, and River Mountain Repertory is a youth program she founded in Virginia City, Montana in 1997. She is the three-time recipient of the S.P.I.N. (Special people in need) grant for her youth drama, history and Native Indian programs in southwestern Montana.


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Author, Allyson Adams, of

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



For more information on Allyson Adams, please visit






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



The lovely soiled doves at Paramount Ranch.

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

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







20 thoughts on “About Allyson Adams

  1. 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.


  2. 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.


  3. 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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  4. 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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