Allison Leyton-Brown is an award-winning composer, pianist, and Musical Director based in New York City. Born in Toronto, Canada, Allison has a degree in Composition and Jazz from Montreal’s Concordia University and a Masters in Music Theater Writing from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Allison has composed dozens of original music and sound scores for film, television, theater, opera and dance productions across the U.S. and Canada.
Most recently, Allison has been composing scores for various podcasts, including This American Life, (NPR), The Horror of Dolores Roach (Gimlet), The TED Interview (TED Inc.), The Argument (NY Times), Stranglers (Stitcher), Six Who Sat (Transmitter), Imposters (Transmitter), and Library Talks (NY Public Library).
Allison has composed songs and scores for various TV programs including Peg+Cat (PBS Kids), The Good Wife (CBS), Dateline NBC, 20/20, and What Would You Do? (ABC). Film credits include dramatic shorts It Had Wings (DCIFF, MSPIFF, Durango Official Selections, Best Original Score Award – Wild Rose IFF), The Bicycle (Cannes, NY Film Fest), Chair (Archipelago/CINE), documentaries Rainy Season (PBS), Millions: A Lottery Story (nationwide screening), and dramatic feature Dog’s Life (Telluride Film Fest). Podcast scores include Stranglers (Earwolf), The Longest Shortest Time (WNYC), Outside the Box (Transmitter Media), and The Room Where It’s Happening (Earwolf).
Recent theatrical credits include music and lyrics for puppet musical Elmer the Patchwork Elephant Show (touring the UK, Hong Kong and Canada in 2019), Pete the Cat: The Musical, and Pilgrimage to the Mouth (her fifth musical written with librettist/playwright Sophia Chapadjiev).
Allison is composer-in-residence for avant-garde company Archipelago Theatre, for whom she has composed five scores including their recent critically-acclaimed multi-media production The Narrowing. Allison collaborated with internationally-renown puppeteer Basil Twist on a live score for a Duke University production of Exit the King and has written four other award-winning scores for Duke, including their 2018 production of Dancing at Lughnasa.
Allison works regularly as a Musical Director, arranger, band-leader and recording pianist. Most recently, she musically directed and arranged the score for WNYC/Earwolf’s popular podcast The Longest Shortest Time, and Fogg Theater’s Bottle Shock: The Musical in California. Other of her numerous M.D. credits include Tennessee Williams: Words and Music – a touring production and CD featuring Alison Fraser, Cedar City Falls – an 8-week theatrical serial written by Liz Tucillo (He’s Just Not that Into You), and the concert of comedian Lewis Black and Rusty Magee’s The Czar of Rock & Roll. (She appears on Lewis Black’s DVD “Stark Raving Black”.)
Allison taught Composition and Music Performance at NYU Tisch School of the Arts for nine years and now has her own private studio in Brooklyn, NY. She has lectured internationally on her own work and given master classes on Musical Theater and Music Composition in a dramatic context. Allison is on the steering committee of the NY chapter of the Society of Composers and Lyricists (The SCL).
Allison can be seen performing with various groups across New York City and the country, at venues from the divey to the posh. She can currently be seen fronting her own trio (The ALB Trio) and New Orleans Band Smith & Ninth Ward.