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Click below to watch the conversation with Dr. Frank Leon Roberts we discuss "When We Wake Up Dead" , the state of Black Theatre and more with The New School students

The Revolution Will Be Dramatized : Black Theater Now description by Dr. Frank Leon Roberts
Dennis was selected for the 2016/17 Early Career Writers' Group!

Dennis has been selected for National Black Theatre's  2015-16 I AM SOUL Playwright Residency

In ‪celebration‬ of almost a half a century of nurturing ‪‎Black‬ ‪playwrights‬, National Black Theatre has expanded its I Am Soul - ‪Playwright Residency Program‬ to support two Black playwrights during the 2015 - 2016 season: Dennis A. Allen II and Nambi E. Kelley.

The playwrights will each develop a new play during their residency, which will culminate in a Workshop Production in NBT’s 48th Season.

Dennis has been selected for Atlantic Theater Company's 2014-15's inaurgual LAUNCH COMMISSION PROGRAM 

 The program will be available to early-career playwrights who have not yet had an off-Broadway production and have fewer than three commissions from mid- to large-size theater companies. CLICK ATLANTIC LOGO FOR PLAYBILL PRESS RELEASE

"Our OOB success story for today is Dennis A. Allen II, whose fantastic play The Mud is Thicker in Mississippi was a winner at the 35th annual festival in 2010. This intense, racially charged, and darkly funny piece, directed in its debut by Dennis’ frequent collaborator Christopher Burris,..."


HANDS UP: Six Playwrights, Six Testaments


Dennis and five other Black male playwrights Commissioned by the NEW BLACK FEST:


Monday, November 17 at 6:30. 

FREE + Open to public. First come, first served.

Martin E. Segal Theatre Center, The CUNY Graduate Center

365 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10016-4309 | ph: 212-817-1860


As a contribution to the current nation-wide conversation and activism to combat police and societal targeting of the black and brown male body, The New Black Fest commissioned six black male playwrights to write monologues and performance essays reflecting on these issues. With these plays, The New Black Fest’s wish is that serious discussion and action is incited in our communities.


The evening will feature the work of playwrights Dennis A. Allen II, Idris Goodwin, Eric Holmes, Nathan James, Glenn Gordon, and Nathan Yungerburg.


Readings will be followed by a discussion with the playwrights, The New Black Fest’s Artistic Director Keith Josef Adkins, and others.


Adkins’ new play Pitbulls will have its world premiere this Fall at Rattlestick Theater in NYC, with previews beginning Nov 5. Opens November 13.


It was an absolute joy to have my play MOTHER. read as a part of the Labyrinth Theater Company's 2014 Summer Intensive.




Tyson vs. Ali

"Allen brings a powerful stage presence, great range, and has the good sense to choose his moments and make them count..."

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