After a courageous 18 month battle with cancer, Andrea Allen died on November 8, 2012. She was a beloved colleague, artist, mentor and friend. In addition to the legacy of her work as Seattle Rep's Director of Education, Andrea's passion for theater and for kids transcended the Rep.

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 was 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.

Andrea's legacy lives on through the Rep's continued commitment to the education programs that she founded and fostered. And Seattle Rep is proud to be coordinating a visiting speaker series with our colleagues at ArtsEd Washington in her honor.

Mark your calendars now for a moderated conversation between KUOW's Marcie Sillman and guest speaker, Dr. Yong Zhao on May 13, 2014. Dr. Zhao is an internationally known scholar, author, and speaker. Mr. Zhao will speak about the implications of globalization and technology on education.

Learn more about the programs Andrea created at Seattle Rep.
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