Allison Manville Metz

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Title: Assistant Professor

Field of Study: Theatre

Office: 247 LSH

Phone: 616-331-8180



Dr. Allison Manville Metz (Theatre Education and Theatre Research) has an M.F.A. in Drama and Theatre for Youth from the University of Texas – Austin, and a Ph.D. in Theatre Research from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.  Dr. Metz has worked as an artist-educator and arts administrator for a variety of organizations, including after school programs, an avant-garde theatre company, a bilingual theatre company, and children’s museums across the United States.  She has taught a variety of theatre and speech classes at the University of Texas, the University of Wisconsin, and Herzing University before moving to Grand Rapids.  She has led teacher training workshops in multiple states, as well as St. Petersburg, Russia, where she shares her passion for using theatre and drama as an educational tool in classroom settings.  She was the 2004 Winifred Ward Scholar, which is a single, national scholarship awarded by the American Alliance for Theatre and Education (AATE) that recognizes contributions to the field of Creative Drama, and she received the 2002 Texas Excellence Teaching Award from UT-Austin. Allison has also served as AATE’s Applied Theatre Network Chair and General Awards Chair.  During her time as a visiting professor at GVSU, she has helped create a new Music, Art, and Theatre for Elementary Education Course, and directed a new Bard to Go production called “Sweet Revenge,” touring 2010-11.


M.F.A., Drama and Theatre for Youth, University of Texas – Austin; Ph.D., Theatre Research, University of Wisconsin – Madison.