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 "In the 70-minute, one act show, Austin exercises quite possibly every single one of her facial muscles with an array of expressive moments, dances circles (literally) around the stage with tremendous physicality, and has the audience alternately reflecting in writing and laughing.

Other Reviews & Press Mentions

"...and so does Brenda (Alyssa Anne Austin, credibly subbing for Debra Wanger at the performance I attended)." - Pat Launer, A Legendary Con Man’s Amazing Spree Is Musically Retold in ‘Catch Me If You Can’

"All performers have their moments to shine.... Alyssa Anne Austin makes a convincing case (along with some cheeky choreography) to find a fulfilling hobby in 'Arthur in the Afternoon.'" -Broadway World Review: The World Goes 'Round at Coronado Playhouse

"You will be shocked to know this is Alyssa Austin’s freshman credit as a show’s choreographer because of the polished movement she’s created for the cast. She also contorts her body, moods, and mesmerizing characterizations as Carla... in ways that are titilating and tremendously entertaining." -San Diego Theatre Connection

"Alyssa Austin, who plays Carla, Cortini's mistress, is an absolutely perfect sex kitten. She is a total star when she sings, "A Call From The Vatican."- NINE THE MUSICAL: A DREAM COMES TRUE ONSTAGE

" incredibly talented and versatile cast led by Patio newcomers Alyssa Guttendorf (Judas Iscariot) and Mario Arambula-Damian (Jesus Christ), both of whom bring the complexities of their respective roles to dynamic life on stage." - Patio Playhouse Presents Jesus Christ Superstar

Standout performances are Alyssa Guttendorf’s sassy and sarcastic Sheila, the oldest and most jaded of the bunch (Guttendorf is making her San Diego theater debut in this show; hopefully, we’ll be seeing more of her talent and range)...” - Pat Launer, Small Theaters Nail Musical Classics: ‘Chorus Line’ and ‘Fantasticks’

"There’s also not a lot of room on Raygoza’s smartly shifting set for the big, brash dance numbers, although ensemble members Luke Jacobs, Alyssa Guttendorf, Dallas Perry, Gabriela Nelson and Kylie Young work it with impressive athleticism...” - Cabaret' gets an up-close and distinctive revival at Ion

"Nomination: Major Actress in a Musical. Alyssa Guttendorf - A Chorus Line at Coronado Playhouse" -2017 Aubrey Nominations


Featured Work: The Rocky Horror Show

at OB Playhouse

After a 6-week run with 21 sold out performances, The Rocky Horror Show closed at OB Playhouse in November 2018 to rave reviews! Alyssa did double duty in this show, playing the roles of both the Usherette/Phantom and Columbia. Directed and choreographed by Michael Mizerany, and music directed by Kirk Valles.

Featured Work: Nine

at Lamplighters Theatre

Alyssa had the privilege to play Carla, as well as choreograph this beautiful show. With an almost-all female cast, and the opportunity to perform iconic numbers like "A Call from the Vatican" (pictured) and "Be Italian" this was truly a dream role!

"Alyssa Austin, who plays Carla, Cortini's mistress, is an absolutely perfect sex kitten. She is a total star when she sings, 'A Call From The Vatican.'"- NINE THE MUSICAL: A DREAM COMES TRUE ONSTAGE


Featured Work: Sweet Charity

at Oceanside Theatre Company

On March 6, Alyssa opened what was scheduled to be a 4-week run of Cy Coleman's beloved classic, "Sweet Charity." Due to the coronavirus, the show was postponed indefinitely after just 3 performances - but the Fosse-filled run was "sweet" while it lasted! Directed by Ted Leib, Choreography by Siri Hafso, Music Direction by Martine Martiarena & Vocal Direction by Tara Sampson.

Featured Work: The Belle of Amherst

with American History Theatre

Alyssa's first one-woman play and the role of a lifetime: taking on literary legend Emily Dickinson. Under Missy Malloy's creative direction, The Belle of Amherst ran for just one weekend in late November 2019 at the Veteran's Museum at Balboa park.

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Featured Work: Mamma Mia

at Coronado Playhouse

Alyssa danced and jived through a sold-out 7-week run of Mamma Mia at Coronado Playhouse, and truly had the "time of her life!" Directed by Jennie Connard, Music Directed by Kirk Valles, Choreographed by Marc Caro.

"Her bridesmaids, Lisa, played by Nicola Barrett and Ali, played by Alyssa Austin, are a fun and energetic duo..." -The Music Keeps Playing in Mamma Mia at Coronado Playhouse

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