About Ali

Ali-bio-new.jpgAli Spuck wasn't born in Texas, but as the bumper stickers say, she ''got there as fast as she could!'' She grew up in Houston, the middle of three girls. Their house was full of music and dance, with the girls beginning piano lessons at 5 and Ali starting ballet at 6 (and ending at 7!). She began studying theatre in middle school, and it was there that she had her first leading role. Once Ali got to high school, her love of theatre blossomed. She explored musicals, Shakespeare, and modern classics. She was in the finals of the English Speaking Union's Shakespeare competition, placing in the top six.

Ali went on to study theatre and musical theatre at Stephen F. Austin University in Texas, in a NAST and TETA accredited program. She was the first student at the school to be a member of the prestigious Original Cast, an elite cabaret revue troupe, for all four years of college. She graduated cum laude with a BFA in theatre.

After college, Ali went home to Houston, where she began her professional career in theatre. Roles there (in the Houston premieres) included Dori in Schoolhouse Rock Live!, Gladys in Eating Raoul, and a leading role as Brunnhilde in Das Barbecu at the prominent Stages Houston. She feels very lucky to have explored new musicals as a result of her experiences in Houston's innovative, cutting-edge musical theatre community.

Ali then began life at sea, joining the ranks of musical theatre performers on cruise ships. She was fortunate enough to be cast by Jean Ann Ryan productions, which is notable for being the only cruise ship entertainment production company to do full-scale Broadway musicals in addition to the typical Vegas-style reviews done by most companies at sea. It was there that she starred as Rizzo in Grease, to much success.

After the Caribbean, the natural step was, finally, New York City. There Ali was cast in several regional theatres' productions. She also had the opportunity to perform the role of Woman 1 in the fantastic I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change. It is one of her favorite and most challenging roles to date.

After returning to NYC in August 2000, Ali was cast in the National Touring Production of Jekyll & Hyde, and ended the tour as Nellie. While a member of the J&H cast, she was cast as Maria Elena Holly, the female lead inBuddy: the Buddy Holly Story. It was after this tour that she decided to move to Los Angeles.

So now Ali joins the ranks of actors in LA. Since arriving, she has made a prominent mark on the LA Theatre scene, appearing in critically acclaimed performances of Jesus' Kid BrotherBite!, Tight QuartersCinderella,Accepting Rumi, and It Came From Beyond.  She's been seen on E! as Lorena Bobbit, on the Oxygen Network's new comedy Campus Ladies, and heard as a voice over artist in a number of promos and commercials. 

In 2006, Ali was also cast in a number of important workshops of new musicals headed for Broadway, Japan, and the London Stage.  In January, she worked with Alan Menken on his new musical, Snow Queen.  In June, she starred as Maria in Gladiator, a musical based on the Russell Crowe film, opposite Steven Blanchard (Beauty and the Beast) and directed by James Robinson.  In July, she was directed by Chris Renshaw in Zorro, with music by the Gypsy Kings and arranged by John Cameron (Les Mis).

Most recently, Ali appeared on the Hollywood Bowl Stage in Amadeus, with Neil Patrick Harris as Mozart and Michael York as Salieri.  Concurrently, she starred as Jenny in Internet Dating: the Musical to much success - FOUR extensions!  She was interviewed by Variety's Julio Martinez on KPFK.  Check the audio files page for that interview (coming soon).