Allison Kenny is an actor, writer, blogger, teaching artist, co-founder of Spotlight:Girls, producers of Go Girls! Camp. Based in Oakland, CA, Spotlight:Girls celebrates and activates girls and women through multi-media learning experiences, products, and events.
In March 2013, Allison published her first chapter book, Starring Celia, the story of a fourth grade girl who experiences painful name-calling – and responds by slapping the girl who bullied her. But when Celia enrolls in a Go Girls! Camp, she learns to stand up for herself in peaceful and powerful ways.
This summer, Allison is releasing her next project, Go Squirrel!, a series of chapter books aimed at teaching young readers complex social/emotional lessons through fun and accessible social stories.
Growing up in Phoenix, AZ in a house with 3 other sisters, Allison built her values through active engagement in softball teams, theater productions, show choir, and youth ministry programs. She was a natural leader from a young age who was particularly influenced by her role in WomanStory, a Phoenix-based organization that supports the spiritual and emotional development of women and girls in intergenerational, arts-based camps and retreats.
Prior to moving to San Francisco in 2002, Allison earned her B.A. in Theater Performance from Northern Arizona University. Performing and directing with Theater Outreach for Social Change, Allison traveled throughout the Southwest, touring a series of vignettes that depicted social issues central to the lives of teens and young adults. It was here that Allison’s passion for creating meaningful theater emerged.
Since 2002, Allison has worked in the Bay Area as a theater teaching artist with kids ages 2-18. For 5 years, she studied Floortime Play Therapy with Dr. Ilene Lee and worked as an inclusion facilitator with kids on the Autism Spectrum. Allison served as a Youth Development Trainer and specialist with the YMCA of San Francisco and The Children, Youth and Families Minister at First Congregational Church of Oakland and an ECE Trainer to Preschool Teachers across Alameda County. In 2012, she became a Certified Instructor with Kidpower, Teenpower, Fullpower International and leads safety workshops for kids and families all over the Bay Area.
Allison studied Self Revelatory Theater, Expressive Arts and Drama Therapy with Armand Volkas, MFT and the Living Arts Counseling Center. She is an ensemble member of the Living Arts Playback Theater Ensemble, a troupe of improvisational actors and musicians who “play back” personal stories of audience members in ways that both honor and illuminate the original experience.
As a girl advocate, Allison believes women and girls are the world’s greatest natural resource. We bring creativity, compassion, nurture, resilience, reliability and love to any challenge and situation. When we forget that, the whole world suffers. Allison’s work is to create art, experiences, and books for girls and women to remember who we are and why we have value.