Alyson Lyon is a Chicago-based multi-disciplinary artist, writer and educator crusading for a truly liberated state of being. She's a graduate of DePaul University’s Theatre School with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Studies and DePaul’s School of Education with a Master’s in Education (Secondary English and Theatre). Alyson also completed the Second City Conservatory program and studied Screenwriting through UCLA’s Online Screenwriting Program and Chicago’s Dramatists Workshop. She's studied guitar at Pete Foxx Guitar Studio in LA and voice/guitar at Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago.
For over two decades, Alyson's performed professionally in theatre, tv and film in Chicago, New York and Los Angeles. She played bass/vocals in multiple Chicago bands and was a Potbelly's solo musician (guitar/vocals) at the original Potbelly's on Lincoln Ave in Chicago. A life-long visual artist, Alyson has also worked behind the camera as a makeup artist for print/tv/film and for the brands MAC, NARS and Bobbi Brown.
Alyson writes fiction and non-fiction across mediums. Her feature-length screenplay “Anna in Fall” was a Semi-Finalist in the Spring 2020 Chicago Screenplay Awards. Alyson co-founded the Live Lit show "Essay Fiesta" at the Book Cellar, Chicago (benefitting 826CHI) and was a founding member of "The Chicago Story Collective." She was a featured storyteller at the Chicago Printer’s Row Lit Fest and the Chicago Writers Conference.
Alyson has taught performing arts for Redmoon Theatre, the Association House of Chicago, the Lincoln Park Cultural Center, and received “Distinguished” ratings as a Secondary English and Theatre teacher in the Chicago Public School system. Additionally, Alyson is a 200-hour Registered Yoga Teacher and a Reiki Master Teacher in the Usui Lineage.
Alyson aims to be a source of positivity in the lives of others.