About Alison McMahan

Alison McMahan grew up as an expatriate during the last years of Franco's Spain, an experience which has profundly affected her writing. Her first plays were written for the convent school she attended in Tarragona (Catalonia) and produced by fellow students and nuns.

When she returned to the U.S. she majored in playwriting at the Catholic University of America. Her thesis play, Lola, was based on the true story of a housekeeper from El Salvador who consistently predicted winning lottery numbers. Her plays have been given staged readings and workshop productions at Catholic University, New Playwright's Theatre in D.C., and later the Ensemble Studio Theatre and Playwright's Horizons in New York.

She studied film production in the graduate program at New York University and has worked in industrial and documentary filmmaking since 1987. While her daughter was growing up she left production for a few years to get a Ph.D. in Film Studies and teach film at the college level. During this time she wrote numerous journalism pieces, academic papers, and two academic books, the award-winning book Alice Guy Blaché, Lost Cinematic Visionary (Continuum 2002) (a critical analysis of the films of the first woman filmmaker) and The Films Of Tim Burton: Animating Live Action In Hollywood (Continuum 2005).

She returned to film production in 2003, and now runs her own film company, Homunculus Productions. More recently, she returned to creative writing. She is currently working on a novelized biography of Alice Guy Blaché and an historical novel set in Spain in the middle ages.