Thanks for checking out the site. Ali is a Louisville native who now calls Chicago her home. Ali is a world class crier, therefore adept in dramatic work; but she also wants to do more funny, scary, and weird stuff, and if possible be evil in her next project. In the meantime, she has enjoyed working for the past six years in the theatre scene at the Goodman five times, Actors Theatre of Louisville four times, Windy City three times, First Folio twice, and a slew of other wonderful places in town and regionally. Recently, Ali has transitioned to more on-camera work, including her feature film debut "An Acceptable Loss" written and directed by the indelible Joe Chappelle and starring Tika Sumpter and Jamie Lee Curtis. Thanks for stopping by and feel free to look around!
Quarantine Life. I wrote, directed, and shot this with my wonderful non-actor husband on a whim in about 45 minutes. We had fun.
Luckily there is one aspect of acting that is not so tactile during this pandemic. Very happy to safely get out of the house and do some voiceover work for the National Restaurant Association. I work with them frequently and they are simply wonderful.
Filmed a McDonalds industrial in March
Check out Aurora Storage's story about upgrading the St. Benedictine University's Library. I shot this is February and it truly is impressive what they have done with the rare books collection.
Recorded voiceover for a new National Restaurant Association training module
That's a wrap on 2019.
So very, very happy to returning the Goodman's A Christmas Carol for my fourth year playing Scrooge's niece Frida (Fred)
Performed in a one-night only reunion reading of Piven Theatre's production of Wise Women and Witches (2017)
Had a great time shooting this Dunkin' Donuts commercial in the company of a lot of brilliant improvisors
Returned as Lauren Lyon for the remount of Windy City Playhouse's mega hit Southern Gothic
Took part in a Q&A Jan 30th (in a polar vortex!) with producer extrodinaire Colleen Griffen, filmmaker Claire Cooney, and moderated by Christine Wolf discussing the changing roles for women behind and in front of the camera.
I was interviewed for an article about women in film. You can read it here.
Excerpt: "The best part was working with the amazing leaders we had in Joe [Chappelle] and Colleen [Griffen], and the fact that my role was not as a wife or girlfriend or any kind of catalyst for a male story."
Check out Heidi Stevens' column in the Chicago Tribune about the character of Frida and Goodman's decision to make Scrooge's nephew Fred into a niece. I love playing this part and am so happy to see that it is resonating with others too. Click here to read the article.
Still reading? Well done you. Lots of other things happened in 2018, 2017, etc but I think we will stop here for now.