Alison Marie Quigan is a New Zealand actor, director and playwright. Quigan was the artistic director of Centrepoint Theatre in Palmerston North for 18 years from 1986 to 2004 where she directed over 60 plays. From 2004 until 2011 Quigan appeared on the New Zealand television series Shortland Street. In an interview with Michele Hewitson from The New Zealand Herald, Quigan is described as a little-known power house of influence. In the 2001 Birthday Honours, Quigan received a Queens Service Medal for public services to theatre. Alison trained at Auckland’s Theatre Corporate Actors School in 1978. She has worked as an actor in Auckland, Palmerston North and Christchurch and has acted in or directed more than 130 plays. Alison has written 12 plays, independently and with writing partners Ross Gumbley and Lucy Schmidt. Alison has two grown children and her daughter, actor Sarah Graham, made her Centrepoint Theatre debut in the 2009 production of Alison’s play Ladies for Hire.She has been Performing Arts Manager at Mangere Arts Centre - Nga Tohu O Aotearoa since 2013.
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