Allen Barton

Allen Barton

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Allen Barton has been a part of the BHP community since 1990. He is a Los Angeles-based playwright, director, teacher and classical pianist. As a playwright, his debut feature play ENGAGEMENT ran at the BHP in 2010, and in San Francisco in 2014. His latest play, DISCONNECTION, had a successful run in early 2015 and is slated for a return engagement in Los Angeles. His 2013 YEARS TO THE DAY garnered huge critical acclaim and multiple nominations for acting and writing during its 2013 run in Los Angeles. YEARS TO THE DAY has been performed in Paris, New York, Kansas City, and was a 2014 participant in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. 

 

Much of his directing work has occurred for the Skylight Theatre Company, the non-profit theatre company associated with the Beverly Hills Playhouse acting school. Some of his productions include ENGAGEMENT(also writer), THE INTERVIEW, THE REAL THING, RABBIT HOLE, THE LAST FIVE YEARS, the world premieres of ABOUT FAITH, PINK DOT, Suzanne Whang's hit one-person show, I MAKE YOU LAUGHING, and Guerrilla Rep’s inaugural production of BURN THIS. Under his own experimental Project X free theatre concept for the BHP, he has helmed THE HEIDI CHRONICLES, OLEANA and SPEED-THE-PLOW. As a writer, in addition to the full-length plays above, he has written several one-act plays, has written & directed five short films, and his first feature screenplay, REAL MUSIC was a top-three finalist in the CAPE New Writers Award Competition. Allen earned many years’ worth of L.A. stage, television and film credits as an actor, and he is also active as a classical pianist – he performed Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” at the 25th Annual S.T.A.G.E. fundraiser at the Wilshire Theatre, was a prizewinner in the 2002 Los Angeles Liszt Society Competition, has recorded five compact discs (available for download at the iTunes store) and performs solo recitals regularly on both coasts. In 2010 he was made a Steinway Artist.  A native of Boston, a graduate of Harvard University and longtime student of the late Milton Katselas, Allen is currently owner and principal teacher at the Beverly Hills Playhouse. He writes a blog, The Study and Pursuit of Acting, at www.bhplayhouse.com/allenbartonblog.

 

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