“Andrea Allen was a force to be reckoned with. For more than two decades she ran Seattle Repertory Theatre's Education Program, but her passion for theater and for kids transcended the Rep.” - Marcie Sillman, KUOW
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Andrea Allen was the Director of Education at Seattle Repertory Theatre for sixteen years. Ms. Allen created numerous programs to develop new work with teenagers, including the Playwriting Project and TeenSpeak. In collaboration with other Seattle Center campus theatres (Seattle Children’s Theatre and Book-It Rep), she developed a teacher professional development program, Bringing Theatre into the Classroom; with national partners she created the Teaching Artist Training Lab (TAT); and she worked on the Theatre Education Assessment Models (TEAM) with TCG, the national service organization for regional theatres.
Her work as a director has been seen at Seattle Rep in Speech & Debate (2010) and Circle Mirror Transformation (2011). As a theatre artist in Seattle, Ms. Allen began her involvement at Annex Theatre, where she was a company member for more than ten years, serving as Artistic Director for two years and collaborating on numerous projects as a director, writer, and occasional actor. She co-founded DXM, a community based theatre company. A graduate of Yale University with a degree in Women's Studies, she held an MA in education from Antioch University. Andrea was board president of ArtsEd Washington (Washington Alliance for Arts Education). And above all, she was the very proud mother of Ulysses and Finnegan.
In lieu of flowers, the Allen and Smucker families encourage donations to The Andrea Allen Memorial College Fund at any US Bank branch to support the college aspirations of her sons, Ulysses and Finnegan, and contributions to Seattle Repertory Theatre to help sustain the education programs that Andrea founded and fostered.
Learn more about the programs Andrea created at Seattle Rep.
Contribute to Seattle Rep's education programs in her honor.