Broadway actress and educator Allison Daugherty will return home to Lynchburg as Artistic Director of Glass Theatre and Teacher of Theatre Arts at E.C. Glass High School.
An alumna of E.C. Glass theatre, Daugherty has worked with Oscar, Tony, Obie and Emmy award winning actors and directors and is excited to use her training, passion and experience to work with students at E.C. Glass.
“My theatre seed was planted at Glass and I have been an actress and teacher ever since,” said Daugherty. “When I’m not acting, I’m teaching, when not teaching or directing, I’m acting. It all boils down to a love of the craft. Theatre can change lives; I’ve seen it give people a voice, express the inexpressible, develop remarkable critical thinking and cultivate empathy. It’s also a blast.”
As a working actress in New York City, Daugherty has credits on Broadway, off-Broadway and in regional theatre, film, television, commercials and voice-overs, and radio, including “Sex and the City”, “Madam Secretary”, and “Law & Order: Criminal Intent”.
Since 2007, she has worked as a Teaching Artist with Broadway’s Manhattan Theatre Club, developing workshops for New York City Schools which apply core theatre principles and themes to the classroom. She has also served as a guest teacher at the Horace Mann School in Riverdale, NY.
“Like other alumni, I headed to New York after college, performed in regional theatres, in Europe, Africa, on Broadway and off-Broadway, in addition to a career in voice-overs, commercials, film and TV. For years I’ve taught in New York City schools and continue to spend many weeks of the year working with master teachers from Yale and Julliard; soaking in their mind-blowing technique. My teaching home for the past 13 years has been with the Manhattan Theatre Club. I’m a mom. I love animals, chocolate and funk music.”
Daugherty earned her bachelor of arts degree in liberal arts from Sarah Lawrence College. She also trained at Yale University’s Mid Summer in Oxford with the Royal Shakespeare Festival, Theatre De Complicite, Master acting coach Michael Howard, Folger Shakespeare Theatre, and the Actors Fund of America.
“This is a brilliant hire for E.C. Glass,” said Spence White, 1986 Glass alumnus and director of Cavalier Theatre at Jefferson Forest High School. “There is no substitute for professional experience, and Allison brings a ton. Students will be drawn to her. This is a huge score for the entire arts community.”
In 2001, Daugherty returned to guest direct the Glass Theatre production of “Big Love” – incorporating movement workshops, heightened language skills, music, gymnastics and extensive individual coaching in acting.
“Working with her freshmen year changed my life,” said Beth Behrs, class of 2003 and star of the TV series “Two Broke Girls”. “I fell in love with theatre and saw the world differently. She taught me to trust myself.”
“I think my deepest sense of purpose was cultivated on the Glass stage,” said Daugherty. “We were happy and inspired. We trained at UNCSA in the summer and worked as apprentices in professional theatres. The Glass Theatre work ethic set the bar for many of us. The community in Lynchburg is so warm and embracing. I can’t wait to get down to work with the kids and turn this leap of faith into good, joyful work.”
Daugherty will officially start the position in January 2019 and will work remotely with the organization and production team during the fall to ensure a smooth transition.
Prior to her arrival, Jamie Worley will serve as Interim Director for the fall semester. Worley graduated from E.C. Glass in 2014, having been involved with Glass Theatre all four years. He was also active in theatre productions at Liberty University as Lighting Designer for various musicals held in the Civic Auditorium. “I am excited for the chance to return to Glass to work closely with the hardworking, dedicated students of Glass Theatre and give back to the students of an organization that taught me so much,” he said.
Tammi Norwood returns as Technical Director of Glass Theatre. “I’m excited to return and work with the students — they are a great bunch! I’m really looking forward to the shows this season and the challenge of making Dracula truly scary. Jamie has a history of ECG theatre, a knowledge of the space and the perspective of being a recent student and now an educator. Allison will bring a new perspective, to take the history of EC Glass theatre and build it to new levels. People can expect the tradition of excellence – I believe in it!”