Exciting debuts are nothing new to Alyson Reed.
In the 1980s, she made her first appearance on Broadway at the urging of legendary choreographer Bob Fosse in the musical “Dancin’.” A few years later, she played the lead role, Sally Bowles, in a Broadway production of “Cabaret,” which garnered Alyson her first Tony nomination.
Last Saturday at Van Nuys High School, Alyson added another notable first to her resume. She will be one of the celebrity guests, along with Nigel Lythgoe from “So You Think You Can Dance,” appearing at “Let’s Celebrate!,” an arts festival series provided by the Los Angeles Unified School District. The third of six festivals took place Saturday, April 25 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and, naturally, celebrates dance.
But her appearance was only the beginning of Alyson’s association with the District. She has just been retained by Rory Pullens, executive director of the Arts Education Branch, to serve as L.A. Unified’s Industry Outreach Liaison. In this capacity, she will be responsible for developing partnerships between the District and both the major studios and people working in film in various capacities.
Alyson has a solid background in movies and television – you may recognize her from the “High School Musical” series, where she played Ms. Darbus, or saw her portray Cassie in the film version of “Chorus Line.” She also possesses a fanatic belief in the power of arts education. Put it together, and the District has the right woman in the position.
“This combines everything I’ve ever done as a professional,” she said, adding that it’s “a part-time job that requires full-time attention.”
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