Alison Quigan’s theatrical experience spans over 40 years. She is an actor, director, writer and producer. Since 1978 she has acted and directed over 130 plays and written fourteen original plays which are performed by professional and nonprofessional groups throughout the country.
From 1986 Alison was Artistic Director of Centrepoint Theatre in Palmerston North. She remained there for eighteen years and established a policy of programming 80% New Zealand written work.
In 2001 Alison was awarded a Queen's Service Medal for Services to the Theatre. Alison is best known for her work on television. From 2004 to 2010 she played matriarch Yvonne Jefferies in Shortland Street. She has also performed in Funny Girls, Jono and Ben, How to Murder Your Wife, Ablaze, as well as Ash vs Evil Dead.
Since 2011 she has continued to work on stage including directing for The Court Theatre in Christchurch, performing at Centrepoint Theatre, at Fortune Theatre, Dunedin and performing and directing for Auckland Theatre Company. She has recently been appointed to the Auckland Theatre Company Board. Since 2013 Alison has been The Performing Arts Manager at Māngere Arts Centre - Ngā Tohu O Aotearoa, which is opened and operated by Auckland Council.
From the beginning she established a regular April School holiday show encouraging young and emerging performers to create a new show at Māngere Arts Centre every year. Starting with open auditions, and followed by 8 weeks of intense rehearsals and training, the 40 strong casts then perform for the school holidays. In 2017 Mirror Mirror was awarded an excellence award in Overall production at the Auckland Theatre Awards. In 2018 The Wizard of Ōtāhuhu also received an Ensemble award and was so successful at its April season in Māngere it transferred to Q Theatre for a second season in July. In 2019 Sinarella continued the trend and played a sell-out season at Mangere and then transferred to another sell out season at Q Theatre in July.