Assistant Professor of Instruction and Performance
A multidisciplinary artist working between the US and the UK, Ally Poole’s practice spans performance, sound art, film, musical theatre, and opera. Her solo work is a blend of live art, theatre and installation while covering issues of race, politics, and pop culture through her perspective as a Black American. Ally is a co-collaborator and sound designer for the female-led theatre collective, Hot Cousin.
Poole has had residencies as a sound artist at Fringe Arts Bath, the Live Arts Development Agency, Wendy.Network, and the 2019 Prague Quadrennial and has sound designed for shows at VAULT Festival, Edinburgh Fringe, and the groundbreaking digital theater company, The Show Must Go Online. Her exploration of sound and performance has led to a series of sonic journeys created specifically for headphones, including her headphone piece, 45 Beats: A Soundwalk in the Dark , first commissioned by Fringe Arts Bath: CoLab Sound Exhibit and then selected as a "Once More With Feeling" project from the Live Arts Development Agency.
Poole is also developing her first solo-project, Her Laborious Madness, which is a post-dramatic adaptation of Jorge Louis Borges' short story, The Secret Miracle. She is both writing and composing music/sound for Her Laborious Madness, which is meant to be presented through headphones.
· MFA in Advance Theatre Practice from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London, England.
· Certificate, Shakespearean Performance from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London, England
· BFA in Theatre Arts with an Emphasis in Acting and a Music Minor from Stephens College.
· BA/BFA Foundations of Performance
· Acting III and IV
· Heightened Text
· MFA First Year Directors