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
Ned works regularly in New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles, and with top-drawer stage and film directors. He has twice won The Los Angeles Drama Theatre Critics’ awards for fight choreography, received a Chicago Jeff Citation, has been certified by the Society of American Fight Directors since 1988, and is a Black Belt in JKA Karate. As an actor, he has appeared at The Goodman Theatre, The Court Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare, Remains, Organic Theatre, and many regional theatres and Shakespeare festivals. As a Fight Choreographer/Violence Designer, he has worked with The Geffen Playhouse, Pacific Resident Theatre, Lillian Theatre, Steppenwolf, The Lyric Opera, and on various studio feature films. Ned generously donated specialty workshops in Stage Combat for all The Young Shakespeareans in Spring 2020, and is developing TYS' new program offering "Shakespeareans Sports" slated to launch in Spring 2022.