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Alyssa Anderson

Assistant Director, STAGE @ CNSI and The Brain Project

Alyssa Anderson

Alyssa joined STAGE in 2005. It is the perfect home for her, allowing her to combine her twin interests in theatre and science.

As an undergraduate at the University of California, San Diego, Alyssa double majored in Theatre and Mathematics, with minors in Physics and Psychology. Among numerous production projects there, she directed The Real Warren, an improvised television series depicting life on a college campus. Alyssa did her graduate work at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where she earned her Master’s in Dramatic Literature, Theory, and Criticism with her thesis: Hidden Worlds, Exposed and Amplified: Metaphors for Modern Science in José Rivera’s The Promise and Marisol. She served as dramaturge for several productions, including The Cherry Orchard, Big Love, and The Dinosaur Within, and directed a number of plays, including Penny Penniston’s now then again.

Alyssa also has an extensive teaching background. She co-founded, taught, and directed Kidcage, a children’s summer theatre workshop, and was an ArtsBridge scholar, directing productions of Shakespeare with local fifth grade classes. She holds high school credentials for drama, math, and physics, and taught for several years in northern California before returning to graduate school. At the college level, she has developed and taught courses in Acting, Script Analysis, and Mathematics. She has worked as a teaching consultant for graduate students, helping them develop and implement effective teaching methods, resources, and strategies, and has been an instructor for Coverage Writing workshops and GRE Prep workshops.

With STAGE, Alyssa is involved with many aspects of the International Script Competition and works as a research assistant and Assistant Director for the Collaboratory’s Brain Project. Outside of STAGE, Alyssa continues to tutor math and goes diving as often as possible.