Allyson Adams is a playwright, director, actress and teacher.
Ms. Adams is currently producing and conducting workshops for her Montana Writer’s Retreats. Upcoming is the 2nd Annual Virginia City Winter Writer’s Retreat, Feb. 10-12, 2017. The first retreat was a powerful, creative experience for everyone. The second MWR workshop was an 8 week series “Family Memoir and Historical Biography” with local writers and they had their stories published in The Madisonian in a column called “Writing the Wind” by The Tobacco Root Writers. The Summer Writer’s Retreat up at the incredibly beautiful Diamond J Ranch in Ennis, Montana, August 18-21 was a profound and restorative 3 Day Workshop. Many of the students are working on books now! Visit the website for more info.
This 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, 2016
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
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
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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 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.
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.
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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.