Ralph Allison was born in the Dominican Republic a year after the second world war ended, a war that drove his parents from Europe to refuge on a Caribbean island. He came to the US in 1948 and spent his early years in Philadelphia but grew up in Los Angeles.  As a youth growing up in West Los Angeles, he explored the arts and sciences in the family garage, painting and on occasion conducting lab experiments. Mechanical drawing led to an interest in engineering, which changed to science and medicine. He earned his undergraduate degree in Microbiology at the University of California but became involved in and passionate about the Theatre during that time. After acting at the Utah Shakespeare Festival, he went on to earn a M.A. in Theatre from UC Davis. After graduating and trying out several options, including teaching in Watts, Los Angeles, he went on to earn his Ph.D. in Theatre from Florida State University. He taught at Temple University in Philadelphia and subsequently  went on to study in Paris at the school of Jacques Lecoq.  He moved to Canada in 1975 and led the Theatre Performance program at Concordia University in Montreal for thirty years. During that time, He directed plays, both classical and modern, performed in gestural theatre and dramatic clowning, and more recently as an actor on stage and in film. He returned to an active practice of painting and drawing in the late 1980’s and has been devoted to this practice since that time.

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