Dennis A. Allen II was born and raised in Hempstead, New York. His play The Mud is Thicker in Mississippi was a winner at the thirthy-fifth annual Off Off Broadway Samuel French festival in 2010 directed by Dennis’ frequent collaborator Christopher Burris. He’s been the recipient of the Himan Brown Creative Writing Award two years running, and has developed and produced plays with Sanctuary NYC, Variations Theatre Group, The Bowery Poetry Club (Sticky), JACK, Liberation Theatre, National Black Theatre and the Classical Theatre of Harlem. He has kept up his cutting exploration of racial interaction and black identity in plays like Where the Sun Don’t Shine, a new work inspired by Raisin in the Sun at the Harlem9′s 2013 48 hours in Harlem, MOTHER at the 2013 Fire This Time festival, collaborative writing projects with The American Slavery Project’s 2012 Unheard Voices, 2014 Schomburg Junior Scholars theatrical reading of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s “Letter from Birmingham Jail,” and The New Black Fest's Hands up: Six Playwrights, Six Testaments. He is a recipient of Atlantic Theater Company's inaugural 2014-15 Launch Commission. Dennis received his MFA in playwriting from Brooklyn College in 2013.