Alison Shan Price MBE/ International Representative of London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art LAMDA
Born in England, schooled in South Africa, a Physics graduate and Licentiate & International Representative of London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art LAMDA, Alison is the Founder and Director of the multicultural UK production house and training centre One World Actors Centre, OWAC, based in Kuwait, where she has been a resident for 35 years.
Award-winning OWAC alumni now work worldwide in the international entertainment business, the most recent being Kuwaiti theatre director, Hamad al Jenaie, winner of ‘The Dame Judi Dench Shakespeare Award’. Productions include Musicals, One World Shakespearean festivals,documented in the book ‘Shakespeare on the Arabian Peninsula’ by Katherine Hennessy (pub:Macmillan), Children’s Theatre regularly in partnership with composer Harriet Bushman, Living History and Drama.
Original bilingual productions were presented under H.H. Sheikha Hussa al Salim al Sabah, Dar al Athar al Islamiyyah & The National Council for Culture Arts and Letters and at the Edinburgh Festival; 4-star rated ‘Antigone-an Arabian Tragedy’ was nominated for the Amnesty International Award. OWAC’s UNICEF fundraiser ‘The Blue Box- Memories of Children of War’ (based on the book ‘The Blue Box’ by Emma Abdullah) won 5-star ratings as it created awareness of the plight of refugees.
In addition to directing for OWAC, Alison has directed Hooda Shawa’s ‘IKARA’ under the production house, TAQA Productions, at the National Theatre of Kuwait, JACC.
A researcher and lecturer on Middle Eastern history specializing in the development of Anglo-Arab relations and female Arabists between 1850-1950, Alison has also performed the roles onstage of her protagonists Gertrude Bell CBE, Dame Freya Stark for TAQA Productions and, most recently, Dame Violet Dickson of Kuwait, for the British Council, at The Dickson House Museum in the Gulf Festival ‘The Place I Call Home’. She credits this work, based on original letters, photographs, autobiographies and published travelogues to the managers of global archives, individuals and cultural organisations for the tremendous assistance she has received.
As a Soroptomist, wife and mother, Alison is an advocate for the empowerment of girls through the UN SDG 5. In 2019, Alison mentored a team of multinational, multifaith 17 & 18 year old girls in the creation of ‘Women’s Empowerment @Kuwait English School’. The inaugural event was attended by Guest of Honour H.H. Sheikha Intisar al Salim al Sabah, Founder of ‘The Intisar Foundation’, female diplomats, businesswomen, artists and award winners. To date, two global initiatives to empower poverty stricken girls have been completed. OWAC’s ongoing open, multicultural, multigenerational, workshops ‘I AM Woman’ deal with global issues with an aim to achieving awareness, understanding and possible solutions.
In 2017, Alison was honoured to be awarded the MBE in Her Majesty The Queen’s New Year’s Honours List for Services to Dramatic Arts in Kuwait and the Middle East.