Alyson Reed is a minor actress on How to Get Away with Murder, who portrays the role of Panel Judge 2.
Alyson Reed was born in Fullerton and grew up in Anaheim, California. She began ballet at age 4, started performing in musicals at age 7, and was working professionally by age 12. Reed performed as Alice in Wonderland at the Disneyland theme park and was also a performer at Knott's Berry Farm. Reed attended Anaheim High School, where she graduated in 1976. An active student, Alyson Reed was a varsity songleader and played the role of Nancy in the school's stage production of Oliver! during her junior year. As a senior, Reed was the first female in school history to serve as Associated Student Body President, and played the title role in the school's stage production of Sweet Charity. Reed made her Broadway debut in Dancin' in 1978. Additional Broadway credits include "Oh Brother", Dance a Little Closer, Cabaret, A Grand Night for Singing, and Marilyn: An American Fable. She was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical for Cabaret and the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Musical for Marilyn. In 1992, she starred opposite Michael O'Keefe in the national touring company of A Few Good Men in the role of Lt. Cmdr. Galloway, and also toured as Cassie/Val in A Chorus Line, and Catherine in Pippin. She has numerous regional credits and can be heard on various cast albums.
Reed's most notable screen role was Cassie in Richard Attenborough's film adaptation of A Chorus Line, and she also appeared in the comedy Skin Deep with John Ritter. Her many television credits range from: Modern Family, Mad Men, Grey's Anatomy and Bones back to Matlock, L.A. Law, Murder, She Wrote, Frasier, Law & Order, Without a Trace, ER, Judging Amy, Chicago Hope, The X-Files to CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Nip/Tuck, Crossing Jordan, Numb3rs, Boston Legal, NYPD Blue and Desperate Housewives. More recently, she became known to younger viewers for the role of Ms. Darbus in the popular Disney Channel movie High School Musical and its sequel High School Musical 2 (although her role in that film was only one scene). She reprised her role as Ms. Darbus in High School Musical 3: Senior Year. Reed lent her voice to the video game Diablo III, providing the spine-tingling voice of the witch Adria.