Alyssa has made her Chicago career working especially on new plays from bright new Chicago voices, such as playing Mallory Cobb in Skye Robinson Hillis’s campaign play “The Running Mate” at the Dionysos Cup Festival of New Plays; originating Cassidy Mattson in Robert Francis Curtis’s “A Windblown Wail” in both workshop and world premiere productions; originating Pam in “Picture Imperfect,” another world premiere; and playing iconic Russian poet Anna Akhmatova under the direction of Brian Shaw in “Four Monologues,” by Aram Saroyan, working in collaboration with the Chicago Poetry Foundation to present an experience totally unique to the Chicago community. In summer 2015, Alyssa made her debut with prominent Chicago company Sideshow Theatre, understudying and going on for the role of Cora in Walt McGough’s chilling, heart-rending apocalypse play “Chalk.” With Spartan Theatre, she played Sheila in the autumn 2015 production of “Jake’s Women,” with a sold-out run at the Royal George.
A proud alumn of Columbia College Chicago, Alyssa also studied at the prestigious Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film institute in New York. Since beginning her professional career, Alyssa has continued her education under well-known performers and teachers such as Susan Hart & Jeffrey Carlson of Chicago Shakespeare, and on-camera workshops with Janet Brooks at Vagabond School of the Arts.
She is also passionate about classical theatre: “The Importance of Being Earnest” might be her favorite play and she jumps at any opportunity to perform Shakespeare, but Alyssa doesn’t shy away from gritty or contemporary material. Her on-screen work includes a role as a rogue secret service agent in the award-winning short film “30 Minutes” with Pixel Stream Pictures and commercial spots for Mustang and Kohler.