• Theatre

Greg Allen

Visiting Assistant Teaching Professor

Greg Allen has worked as a director, educator, and producer for twenty-five years, directing many college/university productions, as well as several professional productions in Boston and New York. Greg’s work has been presented at The Francis Anne Cannon Workshop Theater, Ensemble Studio Theater, and The Bleeker Street Theater in New York City; The Strand Theater and Boston Center for the Arts in Boston; and, the Garde Arts Center in Connecticut; among others. Selected productions include The Colored Museum, Once on This Island, Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill, A Lesson Before Dying, and THUNDER – A Musical Memoir which was selected and presented at the New York International Fringe Festival.

Greg also has a passion for working with playwrights in the process developing scripts for readings, workshops, and initial production. He has directed workshops and premiere productions of new works by playwrights including Kirsten Greenidge, Cynthia Robinson, Randee Smith, and Jon Snodgrass.

Greg grew up in Jamaica Plain and attended the Boston Public Schools through 8th grade and attended Brookline High School through the METCO program. While growing up in Boston, Greg participated in as many theatrical productions as were available to him: school productions as well as community theater productions for children and those with adult casts. Twice he toured Russia, the Baltic States, Poland, and Armenia as a member of the US/Soviet cast of the rock musical Peace Child.

Aware of the paucity of material being produced which spoke to the reality of his own lived experience and that of other urban young people of color, Greg began Coming Up Strong. while still an undergraduate guest student at Berklee College of Music. It was a company in which Greg guided and directed teenagers, recruited and supported by the City of Boston Street Workers, in theater workshops as they worked on published materials, adapted materials, and on their own creations. Then, the company polished its finest pieces for community presentations. Because of this work, Greg began to modify Warriors Don’t Cry, a book documenting the struggles, aspirations, and joy of the Little Rock Nine during the desegregation of Central High School. His adaptation into a play with music of the Civil Rights Movement won critical acclaim.

A graduate of the theater program at Sarah Lawrence College, Greg went on to earn an M.F.A in Theater Directing from University of Massachusetts at Amherst, as well as an M.Ed. from Cambridge College. He has spent much of the last twenty years teaching theater in High Schools in Boston, as well as at the college and university level including MassBay Community College and Umass Amherst bringing theater to life with many wonderful collaborators, both aspiring and professional. Currently, Greg is a part-time Lecturer in Acting and Improvisation at Northeastern University and a Directing Fellow with TC Squared Theatre Company in Cambridge, MA.

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Education

  • Master of Fine Arts, Theater Directing University of Massachusetts at Amherst
  • Master of Education Cambridge College
  • Bachelor of Arts, Theater Concentration Sarah Lawrence College

Awards

  • Five College's James Baldwin Award for Outstanding New Play for musical adaptation of - "Warriors Don't Cry " by Melba Patillo Beals

Research Interests

  • Contemporary Issues On Stage
  • Stage Directing
  • Theater of Diversity