Alissa won a Kennedy Center Achievement Award for direction of the play Fiction. She has directed for Lakeshore Players, 20% Theatre Company, Theatre Unbound, Lyric Arts, Chameleon Theater Circle, and Workhouse Theatre, and assistant directed at Park Square. She stage-managed eight shows at TRP (most recently Bedroom Farce), plus shows for Chameleon, Theatre Unbound, Workhouse, Lyric Arts, and Hennepin Stages. She also was production manager for the local film, Ghost Light. Alissa is a theatre graduate of Minnesota State University in Moorhead.