Allison Upshaw

Allison  Upshaw
Interdisciplinary: music, movement, theater, literature; visual arts
Forest Home, Alabama


Allison Upshaw, affectionately known as MzOpera, is a Creative Education Consultant/Teaching Artist and a native of Forest Home, Alabama. Ms. Upshaw has worked as a Performing Arts Education Consultant for over 17 years. Her teaching experiences include everything from private schools to juvenile probationary programs and range from children of pre-K age through young adult.  Allison is a Master Teaching Artist in Arts Integration with extensive training through the Kennedy Center for the Arts, the Lincoln Center Arts Education Program, Chicago Teacher's College, and the Dana Foundation. She has provided multi-year professional development workshops for the Atlanta Public School fine arts teachers, K-12, and currently is developing  and implementing a multi-year professional development curriculum for an elementary arts integration program in Montgomery, AL. Allison was also invited to attend and present a workshop entitled Achieving Literacy through the Arts at the First International Teaching Artists Conference in Oslo, Norway. In 2014, Allison has already presented workshops at the National At Risk Education Network (NAREN) conference on Building Classroom Relationships through the Arts and Increasing Parental Involvement at the Alabama MEGA conference. Allison is still an active performing artist. Her current project partners with at risk youth in combining spoken word and opera. 


AIE Program

My philosophy for working with students is that all children are gifted and that it is part of my work to help them discover those gifts. Residencies may travel various paths this year but will all have the same destination, that of literacy across the curriculum. This year I'm beginning my PhD journey in aesthetic and creative literacies with the end goal of assisting teachers and students in learning to "read the world" as Paolo Friere phrased it. To that end, all of our residency activities will include reading, writing, speaking , and listening skills as part of their promotion of the Common Core Anchor Standards. Each residency is unique to the school, grade level, and teachers involved. Professional Learning Workshops for educators will also focus on literacy across the curriculum with an emphasis on comprehension and real world connections. Informances are school performances. These are the only pre-scripted programs that I offer and can be provided in addition to a school residency or professional learning workshop. Poetry Cabaret, Who's Afraid of Opera, Notes from the Underground - Blacks in Classical Music are some of the possibilities. What are you waiting for, OPERAtunities are knocking!

Available to conduct teacher workshops.

  • Preferred Age Level: All ages
  • Geographic Availability: Statewide
  • Time Availability: Open



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