My name is Allison Black and I was born and raised in South Florida. Yes, a true Floridian. Note the freckles and lack of tan. I have a BA in Music from Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, FL. I had a relatively normal life until I discovered improvisation and everything changed. For nearly 15 years now, I have been an actor and improvisor performing in Chicago on stage, in the sound booth, in commercials and film.
My focus, whether as an actor on stage, as a voice over artist or as a human being on this planet, is to do work that matters, touches people, and strives to connect us more deeply to one another.
And to laugh. Because, in this world, you gotta laugh.
I work on stage, screen and in the VO booth. Please see my resumé section for details of my experience and skills and check out my reel and VO demos.
Representation (On-camera, Print, Commercial VO)
I am exclusively represented by Lily's Talent Agency and my on-camera agents are Oliver Al and Courtney Stump.
eLearning and book narration projects
Reach out to me via the "Contact Me" button and I will get back with you as soon as possible.
Click to see my Audible Producer Profile.
Acting & Improvisation
Improvised Jane Austen named Chicago Readers Best Improv Troupe - 2019!
I was in a music video as a dystopian school teacher in Jam Alker Band's video"Riot," from the upcoming album "CONSUME."
Chicago Med: I appeared as Co-Star, Sue Marshall, in the season opener episode for Chicago Med on NBC! It aired 9-26-2018 at 7:00 PM CST/8:00 PM EST.
For the past 7+ years, I have been performing with Improvised Jane Austen. Since October 2018, we have been performing weekly at the iO Theatre in their Mission Theatre - Tuesday nights at 8:00 PM CST.
UPDATE: Our weekly shows have been extended through February 2020!
Improvised Jane Austen Appreciation:
NPR's Here and Now
Jerermy Hobson's team came to interview us and watch our show at the iO theatre on Tuesday 2-26-2019 as a part of a segment on Comedy in Chicago. The radio show is airing this week. Here's a link to the WBUR website for the episode.
In production: I am currently working on a new Audible project, Manhattan Grace by Clarice G. James. Projected release: Spring of 2020.
I completed narrating A Tethered Duet for Audible and it is on sale now! The novel is a romantic thriller set in Ireland written by Jessica Wayne.
This is my second Audible title.
This past fall I recorded an animation project - Mrs. Meyers Garden Compassion Project voicing "Cloud". The Compassion Project is a K-3 Children's Curriculum that will be taught in the US this fall. Ellen DeGeneres promoted this project on her show this September. Click here to link to the animated video.
Ongoing: I am voicing narration projects for a variety of fortune 500 companies.
This years National Tap Appreciation Day show at Old Town School of Folk Music will be on June 13, 2019. Last years show was a huge success! 2019's Nut Tapper was great and I reprised the fun-loving side-kick, Elf.
I also tapped with a Jug Band, Strictly Jug Nuts, in the Three Chords & the Truth show at Old Town School of Folk Music.