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Allison Stockel joined the Board of Directors of The Ridgefield Playhouse in 2001 and became Executive Director soon after in 2004. During the 21 years she has been involved with the theater, she has grown the nonprofit performing arts venue from presenting 40 shows annually to more than 300. As Executive Director, she did not take home a paycheck but instead donated her yearly salary back to the Playhouse, stating that she felt honored to be able to work not because she had to, but more for her love of the arts.
Allison is on the Advisory Board of the Center for Empowerment and Education (formerly The Women’s Center) in Danbury, is an incorporator at The Lounsbury House in Ridgefield, is on the Board of Directors for The Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra, and donates to many other nonprofits, including A Better Chance, SPHERE, Jane Doe No More, ACT of CT, Ability Beyond Disability, Danbury Music Center, and The Ridgefield Chorale, among others. She and her husband Jon have been host parents for 3 students from Ridgefield A Better Chance.
Underlying Allison’s broad involvement in many area nonprofits is her personal mission to bring the arts to everyone. To that end, the year before the pandemic, under Allison’s leadership, The Ridgefield Playhouse gave more than $100,000 in tickets and free busing for children in Title 1 schools to see live performances for free.
Allison Stockel grew up surrounded by musical pioneers. "My aunt and uncle started Preservation Hall in New Orleans, so I grew up surrounded by music and the arts. I made my career as a television producer and worked in the entertainment industry starting at a very young age, producing hundreds of segments and shows about music and artists- many of whom I also presented here at the Ridgefield Playhouse- so I have definitely had some full circle moments." Stockel moved to Ridgefield in December of 2000, the same month the Ridgefield Playhouse opened its doors. She recently announced her retirement from the venue and became Executive Director Emeritus in mid-September of this year. The Ridgefield Playhouse will be dedicating their fall gala to her honor, along with a performance by Bernadette Peters on November 4th.