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Norman Allen

Norman Allen's work has been commissioned and produced by the Kennedy Center, the Shakespeare Theatre Company, and the Karlin Music Theatre in Prague. His work while playwright-in-residence at Signature Theatre (VA) includes Nijinsky's Last Dance (Helen Hayes Award, Outstanding Play) and In the Garden (Charles MacArthur Award), with subsequent productions throughout the United States, South Africa and Europe. He provided the concert adaptation for Encore's Sweet Adeline at New York City Center, and the libretto for the national tour of Cirque Ingenieux, featured on PBS. His essays have appeared in The Washington Post, Smithsonian, WAMU-FM (NPR), and other media outlets.

The Theater of the Furrowed Brow
Essay

The Theater of the Furrowed Brow

28 July 2013

Norman Allen shares insight into writing a play about Isadora Duncan's life in Bolshevik Russia through the eyes of her adopted daughter Irma.

Found in Translation
Essay

Found in Translation

23 August 2012

Norman Allen describes what he learned from the process of having his playNijinsky’s Last Dance  performed in Ljubljana, Slovenia.