Alison Whitney was born and raised in Rockville Centre, NY, just a short trip from New York City. When she was five years old, her mother took her to see her first Broadway show, The Secret Garden. That night, she went home quoting Mary Lennox, determined to perfect a British accent. Alison then landed her first leading role, as Bunny Sue, the little bunny who couldn’t hop, in her kindergarten production of Get Hoppin’. There was nothing that could keep this “shy” girl from the stage.
Alison continued performing all the way through high school, pursuing dancing and singing lessons as well. She graduated with the prestigious International Baccalaureate Diploma with a concentration in Theatre. Many auditions, tech rehearsals, and opening nights later, Alison realized her life would be incomplete without acting and she applied for colleges where she could continue her acting training. In May of her senior year, Alison was accepted to the renowned Tisch School of the Arts at New York University.
Her college years were spent training at the Stella Adler Acting Studio. Alison had the opportunity to play many leading roles at studio in Alice in Wonderland, The Heidi Chronicles, and her favorite, Cecily in The Importance of Being Earnest. (Looks like that British accent came in handy!) Upon completion of her studies at NYU, Alison quickly transitioned from student to professional actress.
Alison’s most recent work can be seen on HBO/Cinemax on the new series, A Girl’s Guide to Depravity. She just ended a two and a half year run hosting Nintendo Week, a weekly magazine style show which aired on The Wii. She has starred in films such as Hooking Up (with Corey Feldman and Bronson Pinchot), Polycarp (with Charles Durning) and Bacterium. You may also have seen her on the Rachel Ray Show, and on VH1 in the I Love the New Millennium commercial. Alison begins filming this winter for a pilot called Katt and Crowse here in NYC where she plays a forensics expert for the FBI. Recently, she has filmed projects for Food Network, Channel 1/State Farm, and Some Assembly Required (available on YouTube).
Alison has done a great deal of stage work. She is a member of the Old Vic New Voices Theatre Company headed by Kevin Spacey. She has had leading roles in Misconceptions (The Public Theatre), Kennedy’s Children (The SoHo Playhouse), and Bottom of the 9th (The Turtle Shell Theatre). Alison also has a lot of sketch comedy and improv experience and has done a ten month run in Fine Funny and Female at the Bleeker Street Theatre, as well as Recess(ion) at the Bridge Theatre.
Alison easily travels for work and continues pursuing her acting goals on a daily basis.