composer and musician
Allison Leyton-Brown is an award-winning composer, pianist, and musical director based in New York City. Allison studied music composition and jazz improvisation at Montreal’s Concordia University. In 2001 she earned her masters in musical theater writing (composition) from NYU’s prestigious Tisch School of the Arts. Allison went on to compose dozens of original music and sound scores for theater, dance, opera & film productions across the U.S. and Canada. Recent NYC theatrical productions include scores to off-Broadway play Bleached Blonde Betty and new musical Desire Management Inc. (her fifth musical written with librettist/playwright Sophia Chapadjiev). She is composer-in-residence for Duke faculty member Ellen Hemphill's avant-garde company Archipelago Theatre, for whom she has composed five scores including their recent critically-acclaimed multi-media production The Narrowing. Allison collaborated with internationally-renowned puppeteer Basil Twist on a live score for a Duke University production of Exit the King, directed by Hemphill, and has written three other acclaimed scores for Duke Theater Studies productions. Allison composes regularly for various television programs including 20/20, The Good Wife, Primetime, What Would You Do?, and most recently for the new PBS children’s show Peg+Cat. Film credits include dramatic short The Bicycle (NY Film Fest), documentaries Rainy Season (international screening) and Millions: A Lottery Story (nationwide screening), and dramatic feature Dog’s Life (Brooklyn/Telluride Film Fests). She works regularly as a musical director, band-leader and recording pianist. Allison teaches singers and pianists in her private studio and was on the faculty at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts for 9 years. She has lectured internationally on her own work and gives master classes on music composition in a dramatic context.
For more information: www.allisonleytonbrown.com/