Detail from Itch dance journal #15



– Founder of Rhizomatic Arts
– Founding artist of Encounter
– Associate Artist of La Pocha Nostra (San Francisco/Mexico City, 2004-2016)
– Artistic Director of Black Stone Ensemble (San Francisco, 2005-2008)




Encounter #56. Same Difference: Equinox to Equinox. A day of public actions for freedom and democracy performed by artists worldwide, organized by Bbeyond. Locally engaged at Echo Park Lake, Los Angeles.

Open Sources Through Parallel Process (Encounter #55). PØST at MiM Gallery, Los Angeles.

Color from God-lung (Larkwat 00). Endurance-based opera by Dorian Wood. Human Resources, Los Angeles.

Ant. Performance film by Elliot Reed. Human Resources, Los Angeles.


Intimate Performances. 50/50, Fifty/Fifty: The Creative Magic of Collaboration. The Progress Gallery, Pomona, California.
curator Conchi Sanford

Same Difference: Equinox to Equinox / Encounter #49. A day of public actions for freedom and democracy performed by artists worldwide, organized by PAErsche and Bbeyond. Locally engaged at Marina Del Rey, Los Angeles.

Two Minutes Hate. Be Here Now. Pieter, Los Angeles.
with Esther Baker-Tarpaga, Kirsten Davis, Bianca Medina, Odeya Nini, Wilfried Souly

Encounter #44. Pacific Standard Time Festival: Live Arts LA/LA. Los Angeles State Historic Park.

Encounter #43. Pacific Standard Time Festival: Live Art LA/LA. Human Resources, Los Angeles.


Encounter #37. Human Resources, Los Angeles.

Opening performance for Kenny Scharf: BLOX and BAX. Honor Fraser Gallery, Los Angeles.
for Ann Magnuson

Birthing a Nation. StARTup Art Fair Los Angeles.
with Erika Katrina Barbosa


Two Minutes Hate. High Voltage. Electric Lodge, Los Angeles

Same Difference: Equinox to Equinox. Simultaneous public performances by 275 artists worldwide, organized by Bbeyond. Locally engaged in Boyle Heights, Los Angeles.
with Mariel Carranza, Dorian Wood, Carol McDowell, Rochelle Fabb, Samuel White, John Bartel, and Rossen Ventislavov

The Breakdown: Recombinant Poetics. Group show. Arena 1 Gallery, Santa Monica, California.

this is what i call the light of god. KPARK for Current: LA Public Art Biennial. South Weddington Park, Los Angeles.
with Erika Katrina Barbosa / by invitation of KCHUNG Radio

this is what i call the light of god. stARTup Fair SF / POW!POW!POW!POW! Action Art Festival. Fort Mason Center, San Francisco.
with Erika Katrina Barbosa / curator Justin Charles Hoover

Five Psycho-Magic Actions Against Violence. U.S. premiere. Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions.
with La Pocha Nostra

Intimate Performances. Women's Center for Creative Work / Electric Lodge, Los Angeles.

Color Outside the Lines. Three Clubs, Hollywood.
dir. Kai Hazelwood

In the Current  photo by Kevin Tsukii

In the Current photo by Kevin Tsukii


In the Current. HomeLA // Frogtown. Women's Center for Creative Work, Los Angeles.

ECHO. Commissioned by M:ST Performative Art Festival. Skype/phone performance for single viewer. Echo Park Lake, Los Angeles.

Color Outside the Lines. The Pig 'n Whistle, Hollywood.
dir. Kai Hazelwood


Sibling Rivers. Mountain Standard Time Festival. Contemporary Calgary.
with Sam Fox and Terrance Houle

‘Til you drop. LA><ART Gala. Greystone Mansion, Beverly Hills.
for Thomas Lawson, Nina Waisman, Flora Wiegmann

The Lovers (after Magritte). Orange County Museum of Art.
with Rebeca Hernandez

Witness. Hemispheric Institute Encuentro, PHI Centre, Montreal.
with Kai Hazelwood

Forgetful Snow. The BOX Gallery, Los Angeles.
for Melinda Ring

Encounter #20. Highways, Santa Monica.
with Mariel Carranza, Alastair MacLennan, Rafa Esparza, Dorian Wood, Dino Dinco and others

Dyslexicon. C. Nichols Project, Los Angeles.
for Flora Wiegmann

This I Know To Be True (Today). Looking Left Festival, Santa Cruz, CA.
for Carol McDowell

4-hour solo Encounter in Rafa's exhibition. Vincent Price Art Museum, Los Angeles.
by invitation of Rafa Esparza

Group Hug. Private studio in Los Angeles.
with Rafa Esparza, Samuel White / curator Dino Dinco

Two Minutes Hate. 100 Performances for the Hole. SOMArts, San Francisco.
curator Justin Hoover


Intimate Performances. Mobius. Cambridge, MA.

Reflexive Actions for Sibling Rivers. Hemispheric Institute GSI Convergence, University of Southern California.
with Sam Fox and Mariel Carranza / curators Micha Cárdenas and Zach Blas

The Lovers (after Magritte). Confusion is Sex #3. Sepulveda Dam, Los Angeles.
with Rebeca Hernandez / curators Dino Dinco, Dawn Kasper, Oscar Santos

Novelty Acts. Perform Chinatown. Chun King Road, Los Angeles.
with Esther Baker-Tarpaga, Hind Benali, and Rebeca Hernandez / curators Alejandra Herrera and Jamie McMurry

Your photo op with “Abby Ghraib.”  Zero Down. Group exhibition by 5790projects. 1019 WEST Artist Studios, Los Angeles.

Corpo Insurrecto 3.0: The Robo-Proletariat. U.S. premiere. Performance Art Institute, San Francisco.
with La Pocha Nostra

PROMPTER. Arts House, Melbourne, Australia.
with Hydra Poesis

W.W.A.R. / Die Dritte Generation. Art Los Angeles Contemporary.
for Scott Benzel


Witness. Mountain Standard Time Performative Art Festival (M:ST 6), Calgary, Canada.
with Kai Hazelwood

Contaminated Femininities. La Pocha Nostra Presents: Casa Caliente Dos, Galería de la Raza, San Francisco.
with Daniel (Brittany) Chávez and Jen Cohen / curator Guillermo Gómez-Peña

Local Autonomy Networks (Autonets).  ZERO1 Biennial, San Jose / Highways Performance Space, Santa Monica.
with Micha Cárdenas

Of Land and Sky. NOWFest. REDCAT, Los Angeles.
chor. Prumsodun Ok

(Threnody) A Beginner’s Guide to Mao Tse-tung. Made in L.A. Hammer Museum, Los Angeles.
for Scott Benzel

I Want to Love You.  Featured performer.  Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
for Cortney Andrews

Hold This. Highways Performance Space, Santa Monica.
dir. Tim Miller

photo from 3 x 2 x 3 #1 courtesy of LACE

photo from 3 x 2 x 3 #1 courtesy of LACE


3 x 2 x 3 #1. Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions.
with Dawn Kasper and Hana Van Der Kolk / curator Dino Dinco

Witness. MFA Upstarts Series. Glorya Kaufman Dance Theater. University of California, Los Angeles.

Witness. TOO MUCH! A Queer Performance Marathon. Dance Mission, San Francisco.
curators Keith Hennessy & Julie Phelps

Your photo op with “Abby Ghraib.”  Hammer Museum / Fowler Museum / Pieter Performance Space, Los Angeles / Performance Art Institute, San Francisco.

Prima Facial. Body Stories. Craftswoman House, Pasadena.
curator Christine Suarez

Seekers. Boston Cyberarts Festival.
with Kinodance Company


Witness.  Catalytic: Networks/Community/Participation, California State University, Long Beach.
curator Marielos Zeka 

Witness. POW!POW!POW! Action Art Festival, San Francisco.
curators Guillermo Gómez-Peña, Guillermo Galindo, Alyssa Lee

Unruly Bits. Fowler Museum, Los Angeles.
with Maria Gillespie, Oni Dance Company

Oracle & Enigma. Highways, Santa Monica.
chor. Katsura Kan

Soundsuit Invasion. Nick Cave’s “soundsuits.” Los Angeles Art Show / Royce Hall / Fowler Museum, UCLA.
for Nick Cave, with Killsonic Orchestra, chor. Rachael Lincoln


Vestiges of Creation. Co-creator and Performer.  Glorya Kaufman Dance Theater. University of California, Los Angeles.
dir. Michael Sakamoto

I Feel Your Weight And My... Duet with Felix Ruckert.  Schwelle 7, Berlin.
with Richard Hancock and Traci Kelly


Alien Body. Theatre of Yugen, San Francisco.
with Guillermo Gómez-Peña, Violeta Luna and Sara Shelton Mann

WOOD! Into the Mind of Edward D. Wood, Jr., Worst Director of All Time! The Garage, San Francisco.
Black Stone Ensemble


Intox Lounge. Artists Television Access, San Francisco.
with La Pocha Nostra

iHuman. Highways, Santa Monica / NOHspace, San Francisco.
Black Stone Ensemble

Myopia. Women on the Way Festival / Theatre of Yugen, San Francisco.
Black Stone Ensemble, with Guillermo Galindo, Pat Moran, Jason Ditzian


Beach Dances: Shared Practice. Annenberg Community Beach House, Santa Monica. Curator. 2019.

Rhizomatic Studio: Shared Practice. Hammer Museum, Los Angeles. 2016.

Play the LA River, Project 51, Los Angeles. Performance Curator. 2014-2015.

Anatomy Riot #39, Show Box LA at the Alexandria Hotel, Los Angeles. Co-Curator. 2011.

Yugen Presents / NOHspace Presents, Theater of Yugen, San Francisco. 2005-2008.


"Ideas for Remote Collaboration." Co-written with Sam Fox. Network of Ensemble Theaters. March 2015.

"Intimate Performances." Emergency INDEX, Volume 3: 2013. Ugly Duckling Presse, 2014.

“Keeping Up with the (Gender) Narrative”: Faye Driscoll’s Choreography Residency. UCLA Center for the Study of Women, May 2012.

"Local Autonomy Networks: Micha Cárdenas, Allison Wyper, Karen Anzoategui." Emergency INDEX, Volume 2: 2012. Ed. Yelena Gluzman and Sophia Cleary. Ugly Ducking Presse, 2012.

"One-to-One Fictional First Person Accounts" (in three parts). The Present Tense. Jan-Feb, 2014.  

“On bleeding and holding on.” Itch Dance Journal, issue #15. Winter 2013.

"Rhizomatic Arts: Cultivating creative sustainability through collaboration and exchange." The Dancer-Citizen, issue 1. Autumn 2015.

“Witness: Notes from the artist.” Platform 6.1: Spectatorship and Participation, Royal Holloway University of London. Autumn 2011.

“Witness.” Emergency INDEX, Volume 1: 2011. Ed. Yelena Gluzman and Matvei Yankelevich.  Ugly Duckling Presse, 2011.

Featured in Contemporary Performance Almanac 2013. Ed. Caden Manson and Jemma Nelson. Contemporary Performance, 2014. 


"3 x 2 x 3 # 1..." by Carol Cheh. Another Righteous Transfer.  2011.

“Allison Wyper launches La Zanja Madre Performances” by Carol Cheh. Another Righteous Transfer. 2014.

“Artist > Activist > Leader: Evolution & Throughline” on Creative Industries Incentive Network blog. Center for Cultural Innovation. 2018.

"Body Shots"  by Hiya Swanhuyser. Preview of Alien Body. 2008. 

"A Brief History of Public Art and the L.A. River" by Allison Carruth. Artbound. 2014.

"Confusion Is Sex #3..." by Carol Cheh. Another Righteous Transfer.  2013.

“For One Viewer Only: Allison Wyper’s Witness”  by Marcela Fuentes. 2011.

"Los Angeles River: Art, Performance, and Civic Engagement." Interview. Performance Now with Carol Cheh. KCHUNG radio. 2015.

"Los Dopplegangers Fun, Frolic, Convergence" by Michael Sedano.  La Bloga. 2011.

"Playing Ophelia: homeLA's 'Frogtown' Dances Along the L.A. River" by Christina Campodonico. Neon Tommy. 2015.

"'RBG': the Ruth Bader Ginsberg documentary at Sundance; PST performance festival" radio segment by Marcos Najera. The Frame. KPCC radio. 2018.

"Terribly Titular"  by Silke Tudor.  Preview of WOOD! 2008.

"Under the Hollywood Sign" by Dino Dinco. Dance Theatre Journal, vol. 25, no. 2. 2013.

"War on Both Sides / Ostrich Skin" by Rafa Epsarza.  Artbound.  2014.

"Work Independently, Not Alone: Allison Wyper on Los Angeles performance, community, and supporting other artists" by Karina Vahitova. The Void Academy. 2018.

"Working List: Dance and Choreography Within Art Contexts" by Chloe Flores. Another Righteous Transfer. 2014. 


Occidental College
Guest Artist
Manos de Obra studio with artist-in-residence Rafa Esparza (Fall 2016)

California State University, Northridge, Department of Theater
Guest Artist, with Guillermo Gómez-Peña
The Pocha Method workshop (Spring 2016)

Designmatters at Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA
Guest Artist & Expert Advisor
Play the LA River (Summer 2015 Fieldwork & Spring 2016 Studio)

University of California, Riverside, Department of Dance
Guest Artist
DNCE 135: Dance, Race, and Property (Spring 2014)

University of Southern California, Department of Theater
Guest Speaker
Theatre 395M: Drama as Human Relations (Spring 2014)

Emerson College, Institute for Liberal Arts and Interdisciplinary Studies
Guest Artist
IN 402: Living Art in Real Space (Fall 2013)

California Institute of the Arts (CalArts)
Guest Artist, with Guillermo Gómez-Peña
The Pocha Method workshop (Spring 2013)

University of La Verne, Department of Theater Arts
Guest Artist
THAR 202: Performance Art and Experimental Theater (Winter 2012)

University of California Los Angeles, Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance
Graduate Teaching Associate

  • Art as Moral Action, Professor Peter Sellars

  • Art as Social Action, Professor Peter Sellars

  • Graduate Workshop in Decolonizing the Body, Prof. Guillermo Gómez-Peña

  • Art as Social Action, Professor Guillermo Gómez-Peña

  • Introduction to World Arts and Cultures, Professors David Gere and Kevin Kane

  • Production Arts Seminar, Professor Ginger Holguin

Allison in a workshop with La Pocha Nostra, photo by Jennifer Monge

Allison in a workshop with La Pocha Nostra, photo by Jennifer Monge



Rhizomatic Studio: Performance Lab. Pieter, Los Angeles
part of The Dancer-Citizen Live 2018: MOVING THE MAP


Rhizomatic Studio: Performance Lab. Hammer Museum, Los Angeles


Rhizomatic Studio: Shared Practice. Hammer Museum, Los Angeles

La Pocha Nostra performance art intensive. 18th Street Arts Center, Santa Monica
with Guillermo Gómez-Peña, Saul Garcia Lopez, and Michele Ceballos Michot


Collective Creation Lab. Pieter, Los Angeles

Intro to Viewpoints. Pieter, Los Angeles


Remote Collaboration. Mountain Standard Time Festival. Contemporary Calgary. Canada
with Terrance Houle

Witnessing: Creating Intimate Performances. Hemispheric Institute Encuentro, Concordia University, Montreal

'In. To. Me. See.' one-to-one performance workshop, Pieter, Los Angeles


'In. To. Me. See.' one-to-one performance workshop, Mobius. Cambridge, MA


The Pocha Method, La Pocha Nostra performance art intensives
with Guillermo Gómez-Peña (San Francisco)
with Roberto Sifuentes and Marcos Najera (Los Angeles)

Building Local Autonomy Networks. Zero1 Biennial / East LA Repertory Company / Chuco’s Justice Center
with Micha Cárdenas and Karen Anzoategui

Introduction to the Viewpoints, University of California, Los Angeles


'In. To. Me. See.' one-to-one performance workshop, NOHspace, San Francisco


Movement-based Performance, NOHspace, San Francisco



"The Hybrid Practice: Art and Entrepreneurship" panel. StARTup Art Fair Los Angeles. Convener and participant, with Kristine Schomaker, Kio Griffith, and Stephanie Diamond.


"Witness" performance + workshop. Hemispheric Institute Encuentro. Concordia University, Montreal, Canada

Artist talk. University of Southern California.


"Participation, Witnessing, and Other Radical Acts."  Emerson College

“Two Minutes Hate”. Performance Studies International #19, Stanford University.

“Choreographic Information: technological productions of tactical bodies and their movements.” Presentation on Local Autonomy Networks with Micha Cárdenas. Tactical Bodies: The Choreography of Non-Dancing Subjects, Congress on Research in Dance/Dance Under Construction conference, UCLA


“Witness” talk. Creating Justice Symposium, Oakton Community College, Des Plaines, IL


"Witness" artist talks in UCLA courses: Intro to World Arts and Cultures; Art as Civic Action: Performing Citizenship in Transnational Era; Art as Social Action; and Intro to Dance Studies


"From Me to You." Chew On This lecture series, UCLA Dept. of World Arts and Cultures


"My Husband, My Country."  Dance Under Construction: Choreographing Politics/The Politics of Choreography graduate student conference, UCLA



The Cultural Politics of Seeds, Center for the Study of Women
Thinking Gender, Center for the Study of Women
Between Experiment, Form and Culturalism: Butoh Symposium
Sex y Corazón Symposium, César E. Chávez Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies
Anxieties of Overexposure, Center for Performance Studies/World Arts and Cultures Graduate Organization
Dance Under Construction XI: Choreographing Politics/The Politics of Choreography.  World Arts and Cultures Graduate Student Organization



Center for Cultural Innovation
Network of Ensemble Theatres
Congress on Research in Dance
Pieter Performance Space Advisory Council
Poetry Society of Los Angeles Advisory Board
Dance Resource Center


Master of Fine Arts, Dance
Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance, UCLA, 2011

Bachelor of Arts, Theatre Studies
Emerson College, 2003, Summa Cum Laude
Honors Program
Vice President, Gold Key Honor Society
Academic concentrations: Directing, Visual Arts



2014 – Network of Ensemble Theatres NET/TEN Grant
– Artist in Residence, Center for Interdisciplinary Arts Studios, Perth, Western Australia
2010 – Nominee, Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative
2008 – Zellerbach Family Fund arts grant for Alien Body
2008 – Artist in Residence, RAW: Resident Artists Workshop, The Garage, San Francisco
1998 – National Federation of Press Women



2010 – World Arts and Cultures Fellowship, UCLA
2009 – Forti Family Fellowship, UCLA
2009 – Sandra Kaufman Fellowship, UCLA
2008 – Graduate Opportunity Fellowship, UCLA
2003 – Emerson College Outstanding Honors Thesis/Project Award: Adam/Lilith/Eve
1999-2003 – Iwasaki Scholarship, Emerson College