Robert H. Allen
Robert Allen is an independent theater artist who teaches theater when he is not directing. He has had a full career as physical theater artist and dancer, performing with/for Reinhild Hoffmann (Germany), Kei Takei, Bill T. Jones, Gary Palmer, and others. Recent directing projects include Dream Play by August Strindberg (Theatre of Generations, St. Petersburg, Russia; 2008); Playing the Rapture (2008), For a Better World by Roland Schimmelpfennig (UMBC, 2006); Demotic (2006/2004); Dream Play by August Strindberg, adapted by Courtney Baron (Cal State Long Beach, 2003); The Roman Forum Project (2003); Zwischen Fear und Sex: Fünf Proben (Hellerau, Germany, 2002); Twilight by Anna Deveare Smith (Cal State Long Beach, 2002); Virtual Live (Location One, NY, 2002); How I Got That Story by Amlin Gray (NY, August 2001); The Roman Forum (Side Street Projects, 2000); Dear Anton (Chekhov Now Festival, 1999); The Creditors (New York International Fringe Festival, 1999); “August in January,” a festival celebrating August Strindberg’s 150th birthday (Theater 22, 1999); Le Ménage (LaMama E.T.C. 1998); Still Lies Quiet Truth (New York International Fringe Festival, 1998); and The Good Night (Theatre for the New City, 1998). Robert has an M.F.A. in Theater from Columbia University, where he studied directing with Anne Bogart, as well as an M.F.A. in modern dance from UCLA and a B.F.A. in visual art from the San Francisco Art Institute. He has taught directing, acting, and movement classes at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County; California State University, Long Beach; and elsewhere.
Robert Allen received his M.F.A. in directing from Columbia University, where he studied under Anne Bogart, Andre Serban, Marcus Stern, and others. He also has an M.F.A. in choreography and performance from UCLA. While at UCLA he studied with Bill T. Jones and worked with him on several projects after graduation. He has had a full professional career as a dancer, choreographer, and physical theater artist in the United States and Europe. Since 1997, he has been actively choreographing and directing theater productions in New York, Los Angeles, and most recently, Baltimore. He has taught acting, directing, and movement for actors at Cypress College; California State University, Long Beach (where he held the title of Head of Movement); and most recently at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County as an Assistant Professor in directing.
Robert’s career as a performer includes extensive practical experience in various recent approaches to theater and dance making, both in the United States and in Germany. He was recruited to work in Germany for the choreographer Reinhild Hoffmann, a contemporary of Pina Bausch in the Tanztheater movement. Previously, he worked for Japanese choreographer Kei Takei.
His directing credits include participation in theater festivals such as the New York International Fringe Festival, the Chekhov Now Festival, and the “August in January” Strindberg festival. He’s directed the plays of new and emerging playwrights in connection with major producers such as LaMama E.T.C. and the Theater for the New City. He has also self-produced and directed a wide variety of new performance works in New York City and elsewhere. This work has been the subject of recent articles in a number of respected journals such as Leonardo: the Journal of the International Society for Art, Science & Technology; Horizon Zero, a publication of the Banff New Media Institute; and most recently in Extensions: the online journal of embodied technology, published by UCLA.
Robert is a certified teacher of the Michael Chekhov method for actor training with the National Michael Chekhov association. He is also a certified Yoga teacher with the National Yoga alliance.