Dennis A. Allen II

251 Weir Street

Hempstead, NY 11550

516-712-7354

daa2nyc@gmail.com

EMPLOYMENT

MFA Playwriting Co- Program Director, English Department

Brooklyn College, Brooklyn, NY                                                                  Jan 2022 - Present

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Humanities Department

LaGuardia Community College, Long Island City, NY                                March 2019 - Present

Adjunct Professor, Theatre and Dance Department

Montclair State University, Montclair, NJ                                                     Sept 2019 - Present

Faculty, Einhorn School of Performing Arts

Primary Stages, New York, NY                                                                     March 2021 - Present

Teaching Artist, Creative Arts Team

City University of New York, New York, NY                                                Nov 2016 - June 2020

Workshop Teacher, Atlantic Acting School

Atlantic Theater Company, New York, NY                                                     Sept 2015 - Present

AWARDS, GRANTS & HONORS

Clubbed Thumb, Early Career Writers Group 2017
National Black Theatre, I AM SOUL Playwright Resident 2016-17

Djerassi Resident Artist Program, 2016
Atlantic Theater Company, Launch Commission 2014-15
Human Brown Creative Writing Award, 2011-12
35th Annual Samuel French OOB Short Play Festival, 2010

PUBLICATIONS:

When We Wake Up Dead, Samuel French, Inc., 2020


The Fire This Time Festival Anthology, Bloomsbury Publishing, 2022


48 Hours in... Harlem 10 Minute Plays, Vol. 2 Anthology, 2017


Hands Up 7 Playwrights 7 Testaments, Samuel French, 2017


The Mud is Thicker in Mississippi, 35th OOB Samuel French Festival Plays, 2011

WRITING:

*sample excerpts available upon request

FULL LENGTH PLAYS

The Cost

Developed for The Lark, Roundtable Reading Series. January 2020

Manhood

Developed during The National Black Theater of Harlem, I Am Soul Workshop Production, February 2017 (Russell G. Jones, Dir.)
-Counter-Productions Theatre Company, Readings in Autumn Series, September 2018 (Ronald Lewis Dir.)

The Man Monster Mary Jones

Developed for Atlantic Theater Company’s Launch Commission, December 2015 (Lileana Blain-Cruz, Dir.)

When We Wake Up Dead

Classical Theatre of Harlem’s Future Classics Reading Series. February 2014 (Christopher Burris, Dir.) -Brooklyn College, The New Workshop Theater, March 2016 (Christopher Burris, Dir.)

America’s Favorite Pastime

Developed for The New Black Fest/ Lark Play Development Center, March 2015 (Christopher Burris, Dir.)
-Counter- Productions Theatre Company, Reading in Autumn Series, September 2015 ( Ted Clement, Dir.)

The Special Technique of Shadow Boxing

The National Black Theater of Harlem, Keep Soul Alive Reading Series, July 2014 (Christopher Burris Dir.)

Never No in Between

Liberation Theatre Company, New Works Reading Series, October 2011 (Christopher Burris Dir.)

ONE-ACT PLAYS

Mother.

The Fire This Time Festival, The Kraine Theatre, February 2014 The Naked Expedition Project, Theater Lab, January 2015

Are You Not Entertained?

Part of the Bring a Weasel and a Pint of Blood Festival, CSC, August 2013 (Benjamin Kamine & Christopher Burris Dir.)

 

SHORT PLAYS

Traditional

Now Africa Playwrights Festival, National Black Theatre, October 2016
TBTB’s The Other Plays, ART New York Theaters, March 2017 (Christopher Burris Dir.)

How I Feel

Commissioned by The New Black Fest, Hands Up, The CUNY Grad Center, December 2014

She Don’t Wanna Be Saved

Clubbed Thumb Summer Works, The Wild Project, 2017

Where the Sun Don’t Shine

Commissioned by 48 Hours in Harlem, August 2013

The Mud is Thicker in Mississippi

35th Samuel French OOB Theatre Festival, Theater Row, The Lion Theatre, August 2010 (Christopher Burris, Dir.)

PROFESSIONAL & ACADEMIC AFFILIATIONS

The Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival Region 1 – National Playwriting Program (Co-Vice Chair)

Brooklyn College
The New Black Fest
National Black Theater of Harlem
Lark Playwright Development Center
Atlantic Theater Company
New Georges
Three Monos Ensemble (Founder and Co-Artistic Director) Variations Theatre Group
Liberation Theater
NYMadness
Working Theater
Clubbed Thumb
The Fire This Time Festival

 

PRODUCTION EXPERIENCE

PLAYWRIGHT

PRODUCTIONS:

Traditional                                                                       - The Other Plays, TBTB, ART New York, March 2017

* Manhood                                                                      - National Black Theatre, February 2017

When We Wake Up Dead                                                 - Brooklyn College New Workshop Theatre, March 2016

The Magic Inside                                                             - FETE, Abingdon Theater Company, March 2016 

Are You Not Entertained?                                                - Bring a Weasel Festival, CSC September 2013

Where the Sun Don’t Shine                                               - 48 hours in Harlem, HSA, August 2013

Within Untainted Wombs                                                  - The Fire This Time Festival, Kraine Theater, Feb. 2013

A Shadow with no Form                                                   - JACK, July 2012

The Mud is Thicker in Mississippi.                                  - Samuel French OOB Festival, Theatre Row, Aug. 2010

*workshop production


PROFESSIONAL DIRECTING.

blooms by a.k. payne                                            Take Ten Virtual play festival, Theater Masters 2021
The Shrine: by Rudi Golben
The Only Thing... by Thaddeus McCants

Every Man’s Memorial by Maria Smith

A and Bea by Tanya Everett                                  BC Weasel Festival, The Public Theater, 2019


Rebellious Rhymes... by Nsangou Njikam             Keen Teens Festival, Theatre Row, 2019

Maxine’s by Craig “Mums” Grant                         Taproot Festival, The Wild Project, 2016


“9” by Andre J. Smith                                           Taproot Festival, The Wild Project, 2016


A Military Habit by Aziza D. Barnes                     The Fire This Time Festival, 2015


The Music of Our Kind by Nkosi Nkululeko         Conscious Language, 2015

Love, Redefined by Aziza D. Barnes                      Poetic Theater, 2014

Chalk by Amina Henry                                          Tiny Theater Festival, The Brick Theater, 2012

READINGS

Gwenevere by Isaiah Reaves                                  Iowa New Play Festival 2021

ReDefintion by Nsangou Njikam                           JAG Fest, Briggs Opera House 2018

Breathe by Javon Johnson                                      BareNaked Reading Series, Barefoot Theatre, 2017


Blks by Aziza D. Barnes                                         Fire This Time Festival 2016/ Playwrights Horizons 2014

 

ACTING – THEATRE

Reggie                             Gentrified by Levy Lee Simon. (Dir. Russell G. Jones) National Black Theatre, 2018


Paul                                 Coping Mechanism by Lori Minor. (Dir. Oneke Cummings) The Dramatists Guild, 2018


Jean Toomer                    The Art of Desire by Michael Cristofer. (Dir. Francisco Solorzano) Actors Studio, 2017

Self                                  Hands Up 7 Playwrights 7 Testaments- The Red Door Project, 2016

#                                      A Beautiful Day in November... by Kate Benson. (Dir. Sunday Evans) Dixon Place, 2014

Tyson/Ali/                       Tyson vs Ali by Reid Farrington and Frank Boudreaux. (Dir. Reid Farrington) 3LD, 2014

Ensemble                        Kharm Kharms by Eliza Bent. (Dir. Eliza Bent) The Bushwick Starr, 2012

Marcus                            Beast: A Parable by J. Julian Christopher. (Dir. J. Julian Christopher) Cherry Lane, 2008


Ferdinand/ Caliban         The Tempest                                                                             Molloy Repertory, 2008

Bianca                             Taming of the Shrew                                                                Molloy Repertory, 2008


Pseudolus                        A Funny Thing Happened...                                                    Molloy Repertory, 2008

Bridegroom                     Blood Wedding                                                                        Molloy Repertory, 2007

Daniel                              The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged        Molloy Repertory, 2007

Moon                               The Real Inspector Hound                                                      Molloy Repertory, 2007