Ms. Alley joined the faculty at Texas State University in 2013, teaching directing to graduate and undergraduate students. She had been serving as interim chair since the summer of 2015. Ms. Alley holds an M.A. in English from the College of William and Mary and an M.F.A. in Theatre from Illinois State University.
Prior to her arrival in Texas, Ms. Alley was head of the Master of Fine Arts in directing program at Illinois State University where she received the University’s Outstanding Teacher award in 2005. She was Artistic Director of the Illinois Shakespeare Festival from 2007 to 2012. Her long association with this festival began in 1995 when she was hired as a stage manager. She spent five years as production manager and one year as associate artistic director before transitioning into the artistic director position. Ms. Alley was co-founder and managing director of a professional theatre in Columbus, Ohio; served as the director of children's theatre at Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse; and worked as a production stage manager on national tours of It’s a Wonderful Life, Big River, and The Secret Garden.
In addition to productions directed at the Illinois Shakespeare Festival (Much Ado About Nothing, Julius Caesar, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Tempest, The Winter’s Tale, and The Rivals), Ms. Alley directs regularly for regional venues. Favorite productions include: Othello, Caucasian Chalk Circle, Cymbeline, The Laramie Project, Pride’s Crossing, State Fair, Yerma, Servant of Two Masters, King Lear, Pippin, The Skriker, The Arkansas Bear, and Flyin’ West.