My name is Ali Foley and I'm a Chicago-based, AEA actor, singer, and improviser.
I was born in St. John's, Newfoundland to two parents with a passion for travel. After spending the better part of ten years meandering across North America, the Foleys settled down in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Therefore, I consider myself a good Midwesterner at heart.) The wanderlust proved hereditary; I have spent the majority of my career performing in regional theaters across the country - from the beaches of Florida to the plains of Iowa, to the mountains of Alaska! Eventually, "The Windy City" called and I made the permanent move; nowadays, I spend my days eating at pastry shops and pretending I'm not cold.
I graduated magna cum laude with a BFA in Theatre Performance from Shenandoah Conservatory. A perpetual student, I've graduated from the
iO Theatre improv program and am currently involved in The Second City Conservatory, Matthew Ellenwood Vocal Studios, and the Carlson & Hart Shakespeare Studio. I've performed with some wonderful companies, including
iO Comedy Theatre, The Second City, freeFall Theatre, The Hippodrome, Holland America Princess, Old Creamery, The Wit's Shakesbeer, Theatre Evolve, and Mount Hope Productions. I've also portrayed "the teenage daughter" in three separate (unconnected) cleaning product commercials.
In addition to theatre, I frequently work as an early childhood educator. For the past four years, "Ms. Ali" has taught children, ages 6 months to 12 years old. I've lead classes in ESL, writing, music, art, and dance, and also directed several
Broadway Junior productions for Skyline Studios Children's Theatre and the Lincoln Community Playhouse!
Of course, no "about me" page would be complete without childhood pictures.
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