Alison McKenna

Alison McKenna

Alison McKenna - Actress / Theater Producer

Born in Dublin, Alison trained as an actress at the Samuel Beckett
Centre in Trinity College. Alison has worked extensively in Ireland
and the UK on stage and screen and has been twice nominated in the
Irish Theatre Awards, in the Best Actress and Best Supporting
Actress categories. Most recently Alison played 'Mary Jane Morkan'
in Frank McGuinness' version of The Dead by James Joyce, a world
premier, directed by Joe Dowling at the Abbey Theatre Dublin.

Further work at the Abbey Theatre includes: The Rivals (Julia), the
premier of Tom Murphy’s version of The Cherry Orchard (Varya), The
Importance of Being Earnest (Gwendolyn), the premier of Tom Murphy’s
She Stoops To Folly (Olivia), Moses Rock (Joan), all directed by
Patrick Mason. The Colleen Bawn (Anne Chute) directed by Conall
Morrison, for which she was nominated in the Irish Times Best
Supporting Actress category and the premier of Tom Kilroy’s version of
Six Characters in Search of an Author (Stepdaughter) directed by John

For the Gate theatre, Dublin Alison appeared in the Irish premiers of
the adaptations of Jane Eyre (Adele) by Fay Weldon, Pride and
Prejudice (Lydia) by James Maxwell and Hugh Leonard’s world premier
adaptation of Charles Dickens' Great Expectations (Estella).

Alison played Claire in Brian Friel’s Aristocrats at the Gate in
Dublin and on tour at the Lincoln Festival, New York as part of the
Brian Friel Festival.

U.K. theatre includes: Ibsen’s The Lady From The Sea (Bolette) in a
new version by Frank Mc Guinness directed by Hannah Eidinow and An
Enemy Of The People (Mrs. Stockmann) in a new version by Rebecca
Lenkiewicz directed by Mehmet Ergem both at the Arcola Theatre.
Mutabilitie (Annas) by Frank McGuinness directed by Trevor Nunn and
Night Of the Iguana (Charlotte) by Tennessee Williams directed by
Richard Eyre, both at the National Theatre, London; A Woman of No
Importance (Hester) directed by Marianne Elliot at the Manchester
Royal Exchange.

Alison co-founded b*spoke theatre company and acted as producer for nine years. Producing award winning Irish premiers and world premiers alongside classics. See

Further Credits

London Manager Nash's Mineral Waters

Executive for WaverleyTBS , managing SW2. Alison studied with a master of wine during this period.