Mrs. Allison Barron Brandon is the Founder of Wonderland Performing Arts & serves as the company's Artistic Director. Allison grew up in Lafayette, LA as a dance enthusiast. She studied ballet, tap, & jazz during her childhood and went on to enjoy and study the genres of modern dance, show choir, and musical theatre as a teenager & adult.
She has performed in numerous professional, college, and community theatre productions. Her most recent local performances are Legally Blonde (2018; Paulette), The Bumpy Road (2014; a show she wrote, directed, co-starred & co-produced with Sarah G. Roy), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (2106; Rona Lisa Peretti), and Nunsense (2017; Sister Mary Amnesia). In college she played Eliza Doolittle in IPAL's My Fair Lady in 2008. Her ULL musical theatre credits include Les Miserables (2004; Eponine), Into the Woods (2005; Cinderella), & Grease (2007; Rizzo). Before moving back to Lafayette, LA, Allison lived in NOLA where she performed in Let Freedom Swing! (2009-2010; Lorna Baker) at the National WWII Museum, The Wedding Singer (2010; Holly) at Le Petit Theatre, The Drowsy Chaperone (2011; Janet Van de Graaff) at Tulane Summer Lyric Theatre. & Thoroughly Modern Millie (2016; Gloria) at Tulane SLT.
She has an M.A. in Arts Administration from the University of New Orleans & a B.F.A. in Performing Arts - Theatre from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. She's been privileged to attend workshops with the American Theatre Wing & The International Cabaret Conference at Yale University. Some of her instructors in these settings have included: Seth Rudetsky, Faith Prince, Neil Patrick Harris, Anika Noni Rose, Kathleen Marshall, Erv Raible, Sally Mayes, and Sharon McKnight. She was recently accepted into the Broadway Evolved Educators' Workshop where she will learn from Broadway stars including: Audra McDonald, Taylor Louderman, Andrew Rannells, Kelly O'Hara, & Laura Osnes.
Throughout her life, she has accumulated 30 years of performance experience; 16 years of choreography experience for projects such as school & community musical theatre, Mardi Gras Balls, & fundraising projects like Dancing with the Stars & Lip Sync Battles (Sacred Heart, Ascension Episcopal, & St. Pius); 7 years of directing experience; 3 years of experience teaching ballet, modern, tap, and musical theatre for The Ballet Studio in Lafayette, LA; 3 years experience teaching grades 2-11 for Lafayette Parish Public School's Talented Theatre program; and 4 years as a business owner working to bring performing arts to her hometown areas of New Orleans (2010-2011) & Lafayette (2016-2017).
She is the proud mother of Adelaide Greer Brandon (her fantastic 4 year old daughter) and wife of Noah Brandon (the world's most supportive husband) who is also an entrepreneur. Noah runs operations for Bon Temps Properties LLC, Brandon Real Estate LLC, & serves as the Chief Operations Officer for Unitech Training Academy.
Allison is passionate about growing the performing arts scene in our community, and she seeks to raise the caliber of live theatre in Lafayette, LA.