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
It's Christmas time, so... the Lightkeeper Pro Commercial is running again!
I was in a music video as a dystopian school teacher in Jam Alker Band's video"Riot," from the album "CONSUME."
NBC's Chicago Med: I appeared as Co-Star, Sue Marshall, in the season opener episode for Chicago Med!
Improvised Jane Austen named Chicago Readers Best Improv Troupe - 2019!
For the past 7+ years, I have been performing with Improvised Jane Austen. Since October 2018, we had been performing weekly at the iO Theatre in their Mission Theatre - Tuesday nights at 8:00 PM CST.
UPDATE: Spring 2020, The iO Theatre closed its doors after difficulties staying financially afloat amid Covid-19 and reluctance to properly address diversity issues.
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.
Manhattan Grace by Clarice G. James, a delightful story about friendship, believing in powers bigger than yourself and trusting what is in front of you became available for purchase this summer of 2020. It was a fun project and I am quite proud of my work. This is my third Audible title.
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 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.
The National Tap Appreciation Day show at Old Town School of Folk Music will be in June 2021. 2020's show was rescheduled and finally postponed to 2021. 2019's 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.