Allison Leyton-Brown is an award-winning composer, producer, musical director and pianist. Allison has a degree in Composition and Jazz from Montreal’s Concordia University and a Masters in Composition for new Music Theater from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Allison has composed countless original music and sound scores for various media: documentaries, TV
shows, podcasts, children’s media, feature films, theater, opera and dance productions across North America and Europe.
Allison has composed scores for various TV programs including the pilot for Amazon Studios The Horror of Dolores Roach (based on the hit podcast), Peg+Cat (PBS Kids – Emmy Award winner for Outstanding Music Direction and Composition), The Good Wife (CBS), Dateline NBC, 20/20, and What Would You Do? (ABC). She is currently working on a brand new animated
series for Spin Master Entertainment (Fall 2023 release).
Allison is an in-demand composer for podcasts and new audio media, having scored dozens of widely popular podcasts. Recent projects include The New Yorker: Political Scene (Condé Nast), Good Sport (TED Audio Collective), Verified: Full Disclosure (Stitcher), Rivals (Sony Entertainment), Unfinished: Short Creek (Stitcher), Imposters Seasons 1 & 2 (Spotify Originals), Chasing Cosby (LA Times), This American Life (NPR), The TED Interview (TED Inc.), The Argument (NY Times) and more.
Film credits include feature-length dance/art film North: a Love Story, dramatic shorts It Had Wings (DCIFF, MSPIFF, Durango Official Selections, Best Original Score Award – Wild Rose IFF), The Bicycle (Cannes, NY Film Fest), Chair and Manicotti (Archipelago/CINE), and documentaries Rainy Season (PBS) and Millions: A Lottery Story (nationwide screening).
Theatrical credits include music and lyrics for puppet musical Elmer the Patchwork Elephant Show (international tour in the UK, Singapore, Hong Kong and Canada), Pete the Cat: The Musical, and Pilgrimage to the Mouth (her fifth musical written with librettist/playwright Sophia Chapadjiev). Allison is composer-in-residence for avant-garde company Archipelago Theatre, for whom she has composed five scores including their critically-acclaimed multi-media production The Narrowing. Allison has repeatedly been invited as an artist-in-residence at Duke University and has written five award-winning scores for productions there including Exit the King and 2018’s Dancing at Lughnasa.
Allison taught Composition and Music Performance at NYU Tisch School of the Arts for nine years and now teaches emerging composers at Sheridan College’s Music Scoring for Screen and Stage Program. She has lectured in the US and Canada on her own work and given master classes on Music Composition in a dramatic context. Allison is on the steering committee of the New York chapter of the Society of Composers and Lyricists.
Allison works regularly as a producer, arranger, band-leader and recording pianist. She has performed with various groups at venues from the divey to the posh and fronts The Allison Leyton-Brown Trio.