Allison Hedges

Role: 
Teaching Assistant

Allison Hedges earned her Master of Liberal Arts degree in Ancient Studies from the University of Pennsylvania, concentrating on classical Greek drama and ancient Egyptian history, language, and culture. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre from New York University, where she combined studio training from Circle in the Square Theatre School (through Tisch School of the Arts) with rigorous studies in dramatic literature and classic texts from the Gallatin School of Individualized Study. A professional actor, arts educator, and youth theatre director for many years, Allison turned her sights toward academia, combining her expertise in theatre with the study of the ancient world. In 2009, Allison spent six months in Egypt to serve the Supreme Council of Antiquities as a researcher and English language editorial assistant. She wrote her master’s thesis on ancient Egyptian dramatic performance and the historical implications of an Egyptian theatrical tradition when compared with that of ancient Greece. She presented her research at the 11th International Congress of Egyptologists in August of 2015. Allison has lectured on behalf of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology for their community outreach program, and taught history as an adjunct faculty member in the liberal arts department at Moore College of Art and Design in Philadelphia. She is an active member of the American Research Center in Egypt (ARCE), for whom she served as Vice President of the ARCE Chapter Council from 2014 until 2016. At the University of Maryland, Allison plans to focus on the history of theatre in the ancient world, delving further into some of the questions raised by her MLA thesis. In particular, she wants to take a closer look at the dramatic tradition in ancient Egypt during the pharaonic era, as well as Greek and Egyptian intercultural exchange in the performing arts during the Greco-Roman period.