Allen Davis III
Allen Davis III has been Director of the Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre’s Playwright Unit for over 31 years. As a playwright, he most recently won The TADA! Youth Theater Award for his play Mrs. Morton Puget Conducts An Interview. He was also recently presented with a Life Time Achievement Award by The Hispanic Organization of Latin Actors (HOLA) for his writing and teaching. Allen’s produced plays include The Butcher Of Palm Beach, Where The Green Bananas Grow, The Rag Doll, The Head Of Hair, among others. They have been produced in New York, and regionally. His quartet of plays about Jewish life in Cincinnati, Ohio, is entitled The Golden Ghetto. Allen is a cum laude graduate of Syracuse University and has an MFA in directing from Yale Drama School; he is an alumnus of New Dramatists and a co-founder and first treasurer of The Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas. Allen has had a grant from the NEA, and a CAPS grant (New York State). He is a co-founder of the theater company, Around the Block. Allen Davis is a former U.S. Marine, and has held many fellowships at art colonies including Yaddo, The MacDowell Colony, and Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. His earlier career includes general manager of theaters and administrator of art centers. Allen Davis III was born and raised in Cincinnati, and Cleveland, Ohio. He joined Stageplays’ Board of Advisors in 2006.