Allyce Carryn Torres

Teaching Artist

Allyce began teaching when she was 11 years old as the TA for a Mural Painting course at her school. At 17, she helped establish a drama program for a local middle school in her home town and in 2009 she was awarded the Vivienne Bisch Theatre Educator Award for her work. Since then, Allie has been fortunate enough to serve as a teaching artist for many organizations including Source 4 Studios, St. Croix Falls Festival Theatre, US Performing Arts Camps, Illinois Wesleyan University, Halcyon Theatre, Windy City Performs, Columbia Art Explorers Camp, & Mudlark. She most recently served as the Education and Finance Director for 16th Street Theater. She creates a classroom experience that is accepting, inclusive, and professional as a means of empowering the students to command their artistic experience. She believes that an arts education is a fundamental right and works very hard to break down any barriers to access her students might encounter. 

“This show was a wonderful experience for my daughter!! The choreography was very challenging. She responded very well to the encouragement and positive environment fostered by Ms Allie... It is very touching to see how invested the teachers are in the students.

The teachers spent time during rehearsal talking with the students about the need for breaking down stereotypes, and fostered an environment of inclusion among the kids. That was important to me.”

“Miss Allie is so impressive!” 

“ We have never seen (our son) happier than he was during his weeks spent in
the camp. The creative and accepting/supportive atmosphere allows him to blossom and really come into his own.”