Allison Wiltshire is an Australian performance director, dramaturg and writer, based in Berlin and Melbourne. Her work is inspired by sci-fi, noise and electronic music, body horror, the grotesque, feminism, poetry, philosophy and mythology.
In 2007, Allison co-founded the live art and immersive theatre group Spill Collective. Spill produced many live art, multimedia and performance events including House of Pleasure (2008), Forest of the Inside (Melbourne Fringe Festival, 2009) Dark Matter (The Atrium, Federation Square, 2009), Solipsis (45downstairs, 2009), Injest (Boroughs Festival, 2009) and I'm Sick of Carving Meat and Not Eating It (Hot Mess Down Under, 2010). They hosted immersive art events at Cream Fields Music Festival, Melbourne Fringe Festival, and created SPILL party. They also curated and performed at the monthly performance and music event LLIPS at 1000 Pound Bend during 2010.
In 2009, Allison co‐founded feminist theatre collective I’m Trying To Kiss You with Anna McCarthy and Zoey Dawson. Their work was concerned with the female body, exercise, tuna pasta, the patriarchy, female friendships, Alan Ripley and Michelle Bridges. She directed their first work, If You Lived Here You’d Be Home Now (Anode Festival, 2009). In 2011 she co-wrote and directed I Know There's A Lot Of Noise Outside But You Have To Close Your Eyes (Melbourne Fringe, 2011), which was selected for the NIDA Independent Season (NSW, 2013) and a repeat season in Melbourne at La Mama Theatre (2013). The collective was selected to participate in creative development residencies with Arts House and Next Wave Festival for their epic performance work Madonna Arms, which was showcase at the 2014 Arts House/Next Wave Festival to critical acclaim.
In 2017 Allison collaborated as writer and dramaturg with contemporary dance choreographer Jeremy Wade on Between Sirens.
She holds a Bachelor of Creative Arts (Theatre Studies) from The University of Melbourne. She is the recipient of the Hannah Barry Memorial Award (2008), a City of Melbourne Young Artist Grant (2009), Union House Theatre Grant (2008), Melbourne University Underwriting Grant (2008), the Outside Eye Program as part of The Melbourne Fringe Festival 2011, two Young Artists Australia Council Grants (development (2013) and Production (2014)), an Arts Victoria Young Artist Grant (2013), a CultureLAB Residency (Arts House, 2013), mentoring program KickStart (Next Wave Festival, 2013).