Norman Allen

Photo: Teresa Castracane

Photo: Teresa Castracane

An inaugural member of Playwrights Arena at Arena Stage, Norman Allen’s work has been commissioned and produced by the Kennedy Center, the Shakespeare Theatre Company, Signature Theatre (VA), Olney Theatre Center, Adventure Theatre and the Karlin Music Theatre in Prague. Recent projects include A Lump of Coal for Christmas, commissioned by Adventure Theatre-MTC, and the inter-disciplinary Once Wild: Isadora in Russia, named “a bold new work of art” by the Washington Post.

Norman received the Charles MacArthur Award for Outstanding New Play for In The Garden. His solo drama Nijinsky’s Last Dance won the Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Play prior to productions across the U.S., Europe and South Africa. His work in musical theatre includes the book for Frank Wildhorn’s Carmen; the concert adaptation of Sweet Adeline at Encores!, New York City Center; and The Christmas Carol Rag, featuring a classic ragtime score.

Norman's essays and feature stories have appeared in The Washington Post, Boston Globe, and Houston Chronicle; in Smithsonian and Washingtonian magazines; on WAMU-FM; and on numerous blogs including OnFaith, OnBeing, Howlround, and Tin House. His work for television includes PBS documentaries on Vincent Van Gogh, Mary Cassatt, Paul Cezanne, John Singer Sargent and the Phillips Collection of Modern Art.

For all inquiries, please contact Barbara Hogenson, 165 West End Avenue, Suite 19-C, New York, NY 10023; 212.874.808