Allison Thomas is a film and theatre producer and entrepreneur. In the area of film, Allison was a lead producer of “The Tale of Despereaux,” a CG-animated movie, an executive producer of “Seabiscuit” (nominated for Best Picture – 2003) and a co-producer of “Pleasantville.” She is currently producing “RFK” with Benedict Cumberbatch.
In the area of live theatrical productions, Allison is a lead producer, with Warner Bros. Theatrical Ventures, of “Dave” (at Arena Stage in the summer of 2018.) Allison is currently producing, with Universal, a musical adaptation of “The Tale of Despereaux,” coming in July 2019 to the Old Globe in San Diego, as well as co-producing two original musicals, “Becoming Nancy,” coming to Atlanta’s Alliance Theater in September of 2019, and “Left After,” which just premiered at the Old Globe in April. She produced Holland Taylor’s ANN (Lincoln Center,) and co-produced Alex Timbers’ “The Last Goodbye” at the Old Globe in October of 2013, as well as invested in “Beautiful” on Broadway (including the US tour and the West End productions.)
In the 1980s and 1990s, Allison founded two companies providing communications strategy for new companies and products in the high technology and Internet arenas, including NeXT Computer (Steve Jobs’ educational computer company backed by IBM and Ross Perot), and Pixar, among others.
Prior to forming her own companies, Allison served as the executive director of two nonprofit foundations established by then-Governor Jerry Brown to develop policies to promote high-tech industry in California and the US. Allison’s legislative lobbying work in California included the passage of the California Computers in Schools tax credit, the first in the United States.
Allison began her career as a Staff Assistant to President Jimmy Carter in the Office of Public Liaison, working on issues ranging from the rights of Native Americans to their ancestral lands to the SALT II treaty ratification.
Allison has served on the Boards of the USC School of Dramatic Arts, the Oakwood School, Children’s Community School, the Women’s Foundation of California, the Los Angeles Public Library Commission, the California Women’s Law Center, and Para Los Niños. The California Women’s Law Center honored Allison with their Pursuit of Justice Award in 2004.
Allison received her BA in American Politics (Cum Laude) from Princeton University and an MBA from USC.