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Devon Allen
Devon Allen

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Devon Allen is head of the acting program. Leading roles include premieres by Lee Blessing, Charles Mee, Romulus Linney, and Naomi Izuka, in such theaters as La Jolla Playhouse (La Jolla, CA), Manbites Dog Theatre (Durham, NC), Corpus Theatre Group (The Edinburgh Festival, Scotland), and Cornerstone Theatre (Los Angeles, CA). As a member of The Brecht Company, she acted leading roles in Churchill, Brecht, Shakespeare, and Brenton. Some of her favorite roles include the tile role in Medea, directed by Evan Yionoulis, 'Galactia' in Scenes from an Execution, directed by James Peck, and 'Paulina' in Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale for the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival. She has directed professionally for over a decade, staging US and NW premieres by Howard Barker, Will Eno, Caridad Svich, Caryl Churchill, Marie Irene Fornes, and Tim Crouch. Devon is the founder and artistic director of Our Shoes Are Red/The Performance Lab, a group of artists focused on excavating rarely produced plays by exceptional writers, performing rigorous and exceptional work, developing new music/theatre, and researching the process of making art. In 2009 the Lab was chosen to participate in 21 for 21, The International Barker Festival, staging his remarkable play Ursula, with Ms. Allen co-directing and acting the leading role of 'Placida'. She played the role of 'Alida' in Breadcrumbs by Jennifer Haley, directed by Jeff Storer of Manbites Dog, hosted by Portland Center Stage (Portland, OR). Devon continued her long relationship with Cicely Berry, O.B.E. and their investigation of Shakespeare when she was recently selected as a participant in Theatre for a New Audience's American Director's Project (New York, NY). She leads on-going master classes in acting classical text for The Actor's Centre (London, England) and The Shakespeare Festival of New Jersey. She has also taught at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, Duke University, and Muhlenberg College. Devon is a lifetime member of the Lincoln Center Directors Lab. Grants: National Endowment for the Arts Solo Artist Grant, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Support Grants, Regional Arts and Culture Council (RACC) Project Grants. She is a member of the Actor's Equity Association. She holds an MFA in Acting from UC San Diego, a Certificate in Acting from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, and a BFA from Syracuse University.