diane Worfolk allison
  artist/illustrator, writer/poet, performer, teacher
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 diane4all@gmail.com   (917) 586-1877  

artist/Illustrator
        children's books   drawings/portraits   
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writer/poet
stories         poems         essays         songs
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playwright/performer/puppeteer

MIRIAM: a prophetess who found herself on the wrong side of God
Diane's one-woman, one-act, one-puppet show directed by Kathryn Bild, won a place at the 2007 NYC International Fringe Festival, a production of The Present Company.
It has since been performed in Chicago, Glenview, IL, Santa Barbara, St. Paul, Boston, New Haven and St. Louis. A theology student in St. Louis writes:
"Diane Allison’s Miriam is simply astounding. Captivating as it is informative, Miriam transported me not only to a time, but to the company of what actually felt like a flesh and blood, larger-than-life, thinking, living, and feeling being. Creating this kind of atmosphere is a testament to Diane’s skill as a puppeteer; in one word, phenomenal. Miriam is imaginative, deeply heart-felt, and above all, a spiritual journey. Anyone wishing to gain a deeper, empathic understanding of the Bible and this critical literary and historical figure simply must watch this transformative show."   --Ben Rosensweig
 Take a look -- MIRIAM was reviewed in an issue of Off Off Online.com

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Teacher


        author/illustration talks/workshops       TOT for UNICEF     Reading Room Presentations

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New Picture Book
Pastel illustrations appear in a new picture book that was published by the Christian Science Publishing Society.
It's called Big With Blessings with words by Christian Science founder, Mary Baker Eddy.
Click here to sample some drawings.
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  Bio
The grandchild of Vaudeville stars, Diane's childhood was immersed in music, dance, art, spirituality, literature, and nature.  
Diane listened spell-bound to family stories -- stories of healings, of life in the theater in the twenties and small towns in the depression, of encounters with Teddy Roosevelt and Peruvian Indians and all the odd stories of even odder relatives.
She studied ballet from age 5 to 15, reading as many books as she could squeeze in after collapsing from practice. She and her brother and sister climbed trees, whacked baseballs, tore through Sherwood Forest as Robin Hood's merry band, and helped their dad with yardwork by riding on the wheelbarrow 'to hold down the leaves',-- a magical childhood in the yard, woods,and orchards around their Mt. Kisco home. Her aunt, Eleanor Worfolk, an art librarian and museum curator, lectured Diane through tours of art museums in New York and Philadelphia, igniting a love of great paintings, old and modern. Above everything, her religious study lit a desire to bring healing to the world, and she early reasoned that it had to start with work for children.
She attended Macalester College, stumbling through the academics, but thriving on the art and dance classes.  There she met and married Monroe Allison, an art history major, an activist son of an activist Presbyterian minister's family from the Southside of Chicago (who founded Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF). Their daughter, Jessica, shared most of their early family life in Chicago. Diane became a Montessori teacher in her father-in-law’s Head Start school and wrote and illustrated reading books for the children. Awaiting their son's birth the family toured art fairs where Diane did children's portraits.  After Paul's arrival Diane resumed teaching,  wrote scripts and songs for a children’s TV show, drew storyboards for Sears’ ads, wrote and directed musical plays for the public schools and performed original work for a local senior center.
Soon after a 1985 move to Boston, Diane's career in children's books was launched with Little Brown, when editor John Keller asked her to illustrate Patricia Kier Edward's Chester and Uncle Willoughby. Other books followed and a happy move to Brooklyn.  There she continued illustration work, taught in a children’s musical theater program and honed her skills as an author-illustrator-storyteller, touring the country, visiting schools, giving various programs and workshops.  She took classes from talented New York  professionals in art, writing, song-writing and theater.  A class at the 92nd St. Y with gifted Israeli director Basmat Hazan led to a one-woman, one-puppet, one-act play, MIRIAM, exploring the life of Moses’ sister. The script won a place at the NYC 2007 International Fringe Festival.  The play evolves as she performs it in cities throughout the country.  
As in childhood her passion for spiritual causes remains, and she became Head Librarian, then Creative Director of the jointly maintained Christian Science Reading Room in Manhattan.