About Alia Attallah

A Minnesota Native, Alia received her BFA the University of Minnesota/Guthrie Actor Training Program. In the years that followed she acted in various professional commercials, projects, and plays such as King Lear, and Ibsen's Ghosts.  In 2011 Alia moved to New York City to fulfill her dream of attending the Graduate Acting program at New York University's Tisch School of Arts.  She graduated with her MFA this spring.  Some highlights of Alia's graduate career include being directed in Samuel Beckett's Rockabye by JoAnn Akalaitis, and appearing as Masha in Richard Feldman's (Juilliard) production of The Seagull.   Additionally, she appeared as Queen Elizabeth in Jack Fletcher's (ACT) production of Richard III.  Alia has also studied in London and worked with John Barton (RSC), Glynn McDonald (The Globe Theater), and the late Michael Langham. During her time overseas she also studied clowning with Thomas Prattki at the London Institute for the Performing Arts (LISPA), and received speech and dialect training from Yvonne Morely and Etta Sharpe at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA), and Andrew Wade (RSC). In 2010 Alia traveled to India to be part of a cultural immersion project focused on training American Actors in the ancient discipline of Kathakali Theater.  Under the tutelage of Ruben Polendo (NYU Abu Dhabi) and Guru Kal, she learned the 2,000 year-old practice of preforming theatrical ballads from the Ramayana, Mahabharata, and Vedic texts.  Alia also worked with Eve Ensler (author of The Vagina Monologues) on a performance festival in 2006, and assistant directed under the great Rhodessa Jones. Alia was recently seen in the world premiere of Yussef El Guindi's Threesome at Portland Center Stage, A Contemporary Theatre (Seattle, WA) and at 59e59 Theater in NYC.

Alia has recurred on CBS's "Elementary".