Allison Lowery is originally from Chesapeake VA. She received a BA in Theatre from the College of William and Mary in 1996, and an MFA in Wig and Makeup Design from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts in 1999. She has created wigs and makeup for the Utah Shakespeare Festival, Glimmerglass Opera, American Players Theatre, Sarasota Opera, the Atlanta Opera, and Piedmont Opera (among others). She was the Wig Master at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival for 3 years before moving to Austin TX to be the Wig and Makeup Specialist for Texas Performing Arts at the University of Texas.
Allison also freelanced a great deal in Austin. She has designed wigs for Zach Scott Theatre, Austin Shakespeare Theatre, and Zilker Theatre Productions.
In 2018, Allison moved to Orange County California where she is now the Wig and Makeup Supervisor for South Coast Repertory. She is also an active freelance makeup artist and wig maker. She has written three wig textbooks: Wig Making and Styling: A Complete Guide for Theatre and Film (co-authored with Martha Ruskai), Historical Wig Styling Volume 1: Ancient Egypt to the 1830s, and Historical Wig Styling Volume 2: Victorian to the Present. (Second edition of the styling books was released in January 2020!) Allison is also a die hard roller derby fan with season tickets to the TXRD Lonestar Rollergirls, an avid reader, a devoted watcher of Project Runway and So You Think You Can Dance, cat lover, teacher, wardrobe stylist, and cartoon-like goofball. Her inspirations include Marie Antoinette, John Galliano, Kevyn Aucoin, Paul Huntley, RuPaul, Art Deco, Wonder Woman, Disney villainesses, cosplay, fantasy, and any number of other things.
She is available for hire as a custom wigmaker, makeup artist, pinup makeup artist and stylist, wardrobve stylist, photographer, and photoshoot creative designer. She has recently begun to branch out into making custom cosplay wigs, especially fantasy characters, steampunks, Lolitas, and superheroes.