Alister trained as an actor in the UK and spent two years with an Eastern European laboratory theatre co. before returning to co-found Prodigal Theatre in 1999 with Miranda Henderson.
Prodigal's award-winning work has been described as 'epic within a small frame'. Between 2002 and 2010 they ran the Nightingale Theatre in Brighton, creating an artist development programme which, in its last three years alone, contributed to the development of over 100 new pieces of theatre and dance. In 2003, the company started training Parkour and, in 2005, created a second ensemble - The Urban Playground Team. The UPG project was meant to last three weeks. Sixteen years later, the company has toured across five continents, on nine occasions for the British Council. Co-creator Malik Diouf has been a member of the team since 2006.
Alister has a specialist teaching degree from Trinity Laban - the DDTAL diploma in Dance Teaching & Learning. He has also performed and worked with Steven Berkoff on various projects, including Berkoff's Oedipus and 'Ere. In 2017 Prodigal UPG relocated to Cornwall - where Miranda grew up - where they are associate artists of the Hall For Cornwall. They have planning permission and a third of the budget in place to build a sustainable, residential, development and rehearsal centre in Par. They have also created Cornwall's first festival of touring outdoor performance - The PAR-teee - in partnership with AMATA.
During lockdown, they were members of the National Freelance Taskforce, and authored www.5guidingprinciples.com - a fairer trade model for freelancers in the performing arts industries. They set up The Emergent Ensemble to secure a group of five recent graduates in the profession and with them are touring a new show, commissioned by the Time Tide Bell Organisation. They have just completed a residency at the Eden Project. They continue to tour nationally and internationally. Alister's new play, The Fight, will perform at AMATA in 2021.