Alli Villines is a Houston-based performer and voice teacher best known for her performance in Horsehead Theatre Company’s 2018 production of We’re Gonna Die (Houston Press Theatre Award Winner–Best Cabaret) and most recently seen in The Catastrophic Theatre’s Speeding Motorcycle. Alli is a professional singer, ukulele player, voice teacher, and actor whose credits include shows with The Catastrophic Theatre, Alley Theatre, Houston Grand Opera.
A Louisiana native, Alli Partin grew up surrounded by music. She started singing at the age of three, began playing the oboe when she was eleven, and started singing professionally in churches and weddings when she was thirteen (though she did not study voice until she was 19).
While in undergrad at McNeese State University, Alli picked up the ukulele and has not put it down since. After receiving her Bachelor of Music degree in Voice Performance with a concentration in Musical Theatre in 2006, Alli set off to start her career as a singing actor. Her travels brought her first to Colorado, where she was a singing waitress, then to Tennessee, and on to West Virginia to perform in an educational tour with Theatre West Virginia.
While in West Virginia, she met Jeffrey Villines, and they married in 2008. West Virginia is also where Alli found her love for teaching voice. Alli and Jeff made their home in Williamsburg, Virginia, where Alli worked as a singer and costume character performer at Busch Gardens Williamsburg from 2009-2011. This is also where Alli learned puppetry, which led her to perform as the voice and puppeteer of the Emmy award-winning educational film A Global Economy.
School took Alli and Jeff to Charlottesville, Virginia, and while Jeff completed his Masters degree, Alli was a maid by day, performer by night. Favorite shows from that time: Adding Machine: The Musical and A Chorus Line (Live Arts); I Love You Because (Four County Players); and Annie Get Your Gun (Heritage Theatre Festival). Alli also sang and performed in Die Zauberflöte and Carousel (Charlottesville Opera) while in Charlottesville. Then graduate school called Alli’s name; and she made the move to Arizona, to study at Arizona State University, where in 2015, she received her Master of Music degree in Voice Performance with a concentration in Musical Theatre.
While in Arizona, Alli performed in Mary Poppins and One Man, Two Guvnors with Phoenix Theatre; as well as with the Phoenix Symphony as a guest singer. Alli was also involved in teaching musical theatre at local schools and mentoring and directing at ASU. The summer of 2015, she joined Jeff in Houston, TX, where he was working toward his Ph.D. (why do they love school so much?). Since then, Alli has found her way in Houston performing and teaching her way across the city.
Houston credits include: Speeding Motorcycle, The Tamarie Cooper Show: Field Trip! (Catastrophic Theatre); Soundscape Design & Music Direction for The Exonerated with Dirt Dogs Theatre Co.; Barber of Seville and Nixon in China (Supernumerary) with Houston Grand Opera; Church (Reverend Alli) with Horse Head Theatre; They Read from a Script (foley/musician) with Misnomers; The Wild Party (Ensemble) with PMT; Redemption Series at The Landing Theatre; Catch Me If You Can (Ensemble) at Island ETC; The Christians (Chorister) at The Alley; and Speakeasy (Helen King) at Obsidian Theatre. Since in Houston, Alli has enjoyed collaborating on new works: Sole Mates: A Laundry Love Story (Rogue Productions); Little Edelweiss (Josh Innocencio); Babe: An Olympic Musical (National Women’s Music Festival), and is currently co-producer, co-writer, and cast member of Call Me Ann: The Ann Richards Rock Opera, as well as co-artistic director of lo-fi puppets. On the Interwebs: ukulalli.com and @ukulalli @lofipuppets #sopranoholdingasoprano