The Young Shakespeareans
ALISON KORMAN Artistic Director / Founder
Alison is an entrepreneur and classically trained actor who, after working in Mexico and Senegal, returned to New York City's Metropolitan Opera and 92nd Street Y before founding her own arts management company, Korman+Company. During 25 years procuring and producing $5 million annually in still photography, she simultaneously performed off-Broadway and in various theatrical venues abroad. Living in Los Angeles since 1997, she has served as an Account Director for the Taproot Foundation, performed for hundreds of schoolchildren with the LA Assistance League’s Nine O’Clock Players, and began teaching Shakespeare to Title 1 elementary school children in South Los Angeles in 2009. She conceived the idea for The Young Shakespeareans Program in 2010, officially founded the organization in 2017, and has developed its curriculum in the conviction that unleashing the awareness and potential of Title 1 public school children transforms their lives while serving the broader community. Alison continues to perform in theatre, film and television. She received her degree in Special Education and Foreign Language from Washington University in St. Louis.
of John Adams Middle School
Dr. JULIO HANSON
Julio Hanson is an educator, entertainer, and well-traveled polyglot from Inglewood, CA who serves as an Assistant Principal with LAUSD. Concurrently, as an active member of SAG-AFTRA and the Robey Theatre Company, he appears in film, TV, and stage productions, and has performed with Grammy-recognized artists Toni Braxton, Prince, Kelis, and La Ley among others. He also serves as Creative Consultant and Co-Director of the Panama Mola Pollera Tambor folkloric group. Julio obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree at UCLA in Political Science with an emphasis in International Relations, and also holds a Bilingual Teaching Credential from California State University-Dominguez Hills, a Masters of Education and Administration from California State University-Los Angeles, and recently received his Doctoral degree at Pepperdine University with an emphasis in Organizational and Entertainment Leadership. Julio is excited to join the Advisory Council of The Young Shakespeareans.