Through the lens – TROY alumna Allison Leger takes love of photography, theater to Broadway
Allison Leger tried everything from painting to writing plays while looking for what she really wanted to do. She knew that she wanted to be an artist, but she didn’t know what kind. She soon discovered through exploring all realms of the art world that her interests lie in photography and theater.
“It was more of a natural evolution of my interests and talents,” said Leger. “I’ve always been visually oriented, so photography and the visual side of storytelling came very naturally.”
Leger of Midland City is a 2006 graduate of Troy University with a degree in theatre. She has had her work featured in publications such as the New York Times, the Boston Globe and Variety.
She also shot photos for the Williamstown Theatre Festival, a regional theatre festival based in New York, and assisted primary broadway photographer, Joan Marcus.
Leger said that her time at TROY has helped her get to where she is today. “TROY offered me a nurturing environment where I could explore many artistic pursuits,” said Leger. She also said that the theater faculty at TROY encouraged her to attend the Southeastern Theatre Conference (SETC), where she met with representatives from the Williamstown Theatre Festival.
“It was a bit surreal,” said Leger. “I naively went to SETC, graduated and two months later my photos were on the front page of the New York Times!”
Leger also said that Troy University Director of Photography Bob Joslin presented her with many opportunities to practice and work professionally, and she got her chance at shooting everything from head shots to interior design photos.
This fall, Leger plans to attend Florida State University to pursue a master’s degree in film production, where she hopes to study both directing and cinematography.
Leger describes film as “the marriage of my interests, photography and storytelling.”
Leger said that it took her a while to find her niche, but she finally found it through the exploration of many art forms. She also said that she believes that no one can really choose to be an artist.
“I’m not certain that I chose to be an artist,” said Leger. “Often I think that art chooses us – and it becomes something that we can’t escape.”
Melissa Harrison, a senior print journalism and public relations major from Dothan, is a student worker in the Office of University Relations.