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/author, 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 2013 play, YEARS TO THE DAY,  was named one of LA Weekly's 10-best plays, garnering huge critical acclaim, comparisons to Mamet and Shaw, as well as multiple nominations for acting and writing during its 2013 run in Los Angeles. YEARS TO THE DAY has since been performed in ten cities across three continents.  His 2015 play, DISCONNECTION, was hailed by critics and had two successful Los Angeles runs. His newest play, CIRCLING, is slated to premiere in the 2018-19 season. 

Directing credits include ENGAGEMENT(also writer), THE INTERVIEW, THE REAL THING, RABBIT HOLE, THE LAST FIVE YEARSABOUT FAITH, PINK DOT, I MAKE YOU LAUGHING, BURN THIS, THE HEIDI CHRONICLES, OLEANA, SPEED-THE-PLOW, and GRUESOME PLAYGROUND INJURIES. As a writer, in addition to the full-length plays above, he has written several one-act plays and 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 on Apple Music and other streaming services), 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. His 2017 book, THE OASIS OF INSANITY, is a memoir of his apprenticeship with Milton Katselas, and a guidebook to the study and pursuit of acting in the 21st century. 

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