The process of living is far more gratifying than any destination I have yet reached.  The wonder generated by the things that have unexpectedly come to me in life has far surpassed the dreams and goals from which I have been diverted.  Goals are fantastic catalysts! Kindness and gratitude are everything. A good belly laugh is the absolute best. Nature is my soul.

I am compelled by questions without simple answers.

lb allen





Dramatist Guild of America

International Center for Women Playwrights


University of New Orleans, MFA in Creative Writing

British American Drama Academy, Certificate in Acting

Case Western Reserve University, BA in Music and Theatre Performance


Fearless, Think magazine, Case Western Reserve University, essay

Seven Thousand Feet Above Broadway, the Dramatist magazine, Dramatist Guild of America, article

The Focus on NAEP and NAEP Theatre: Framework, Field Test and Assessment, National Center for Educational Statistics,Volume 3, Number 3

The NAEP Arts Report Card: Eight-Grade Findings from the National Assessment of Educational Progress 1997, contributing author, Education Publishing, US Department of Education


Kennedy Center, ACTF Jean Kennedy Smith Award, Have a Heart

Kennedy Center, ACTF Region 6, Ten Minute Play Finalist, Bologna

Mandel JCC and Cleveland Play House, Dorothy Silver Playwriting Competition, winner, Solomon’s Blade,

Ohio Arts Council, Individual Artist Excellence Award, Solomon's Blade

Nora Mae Scott New Play Award, Solomons Blade

Cleveland Jewish Arts and Culture lab, Artist Fellow, Hineni: here am I


Have a Heart     (full length play)              

-Winner, Kennedy Center ACTF, Washington, DC, Jean Kennedy Smith Award

-Playwrights Local, Cleveland New Play Festival, Cleveland, Ohio

-Metta Theatre, Taos, NM / week long workshop and public reading

Solomon’s Blade     (full length play)     

-Camelot Theatre Company, Talent, OR, world premier directed by Livia Genise, Artistic DirectorI'lI'll

-Winner, Weathervane Playhouse, Akron, OH, Nora Mae Scott New Play Festival / public reading

-PlayLabs selection, Great Plains Theatre Conference, Omaha, NE / public reading

-Winner Dorothy SIlver Playwriting Competition, Mandel Jewish Community Center, Beachwood, OH

-FusionFest, Cleveland Play House, Cleveland, OH / public reading

-NascentWorks at Playwrights Horizons, New York City / public reading

-Women at the Door Festival of New Plays, Chicago, IL, / week long workshop and public reading

-Ashland New Plays Festival, Ashland, OR / week long workshop and public reading

-American Theatre Company, Chicago, IL / first public reading

Bologna (ten-minute play)                    

-Rappid Fire Bootleg Theatre, Brooklyn, NY / production

-Kennedy Center ACTF Region 6 Finalist / public reading

-Annual Ten Minute Play Festival, Adelphia University, Garden City, NY / production

-Annual Summer Play Reading Fetival, Metta Theatre, Taos, NM / public reading

Gorged      (one-act play)

-Marinello One Act Play Series, John Carroll University, University Heights, OH / public reading

-Annual Summer Play Reading Festival, Metta Theatre, Taos, NM / public reading

Inside Out     (one-act play)                    

-Annual Summer Play Reading FestivalMetta Theatre, Taos, NM / public reading

Saints and Sinners: A Revelation in Character

(collection of one act plays including: Saints and Sinners, Bologna, Gorged, Inside-Out, Davage Dog and Crash Test)     

-Metta Theatre, Taos, NM / Young Company production

Song of Hope (commissioned  one-act play with music)

-Florida Studio Theatre, Sarasota, FL / TYA production

Jenna and the Troublemaker     (commissioned full length musical adaptation from book by Haiwin Oram)

-Egyptian Theatre, Park City, UT / Production

-Sundance Resort, King Stage, Sundance, UT / Egyptian Theatre production tour

Just Like Me (commissioned full length TYA play)

-South Coast Repertory, Orange County, CA / TYA production

-The Blue Heron, Vashon, WA / video adaptation for TYA program

-The Barrie School, Silverspring, MD / middle school production

There’s No Place Like Home (full length play with music)

-Walnut Street Theatre, Philadelphia / production

-The Organic Theatre, Chicago, IL / production

-Chagrin Valley Little Theatre, Chagrin Falls, OH / production


-Solon Center for the Arts, play director, theatre teacher, Solon, OH

-Cisneros Arts Gallery, gallery manager, Taos, NM

-Act I Gallery, gallery associate, Taos, NM

-University of New Orleans, teaching assistant, playwrighting, distance MFA program

-Northwestern University Center for Talent Development, Master Teacher

  Case Western Reserve Univeristy satelite program, dramatic literature, theatre history and creative writing

-Sundance Institute, Director of Educational Programming, Salt Lake City, UT / Los angeles, CA

-South Coast Repertory, Conservatory Director, Orange County, CA

-Educational testing Services, NAEP Arts Assessment, Theatre Content Specialist, Princeton, NJ

-U.S. Department of Education, NAEP Arts Assessment Theatre Content Specialist, Washington, DC

The Buckely School, K-12 Director of Theatre, Sherman Oaks, CA