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dramatist , Producer , Drama educator

Ralph Gilmore Allen, American dramatist, producer, drama educator. John Golden fellow, 1957-1959, Guggenehim fellow, 1965, Charles E. Merrill fellow, 1961; named Artist of Year, Phi Kappa Phi, 1983; recipient Award for Service to Arts Mayor of Philadelphia, 1983, Award of Merit American Theatre Association, 1983.


Allen, Ralph Gilmore was born on January 7, 1934 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. Son of Ralph Bergen and Sara Beddoe (Walker) Allen.


Bachelor summa cum laude, Amherst College, 1955;Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Amherst College, 1980;Doctor of Fine Arts, Yale University, 1960.


From assistant professor theatre and drama to associate professor University Pitts, 1960-1968. Professor, chairman department drama University Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, 1968-1972. Chairman department, professor theatre University Tennessee, Knoxville, 1972-1980.

Professor drama Queens College, New York City, 1983—1999, professor emeritus, from 1999. Director Clarence Brown Theatre Company, Knoxville, 1972-1977. Theatre consultant; producer John F. Kennedy Center, Washington, 1980-1983.

Director more than 40 productions.



Fellow American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, Dramatists Guild, American Theatre Association (Vice-President 1972). Member American Society Theatre Research (director, Executive Committee 1977-1980), Theatre Canada (governor 1970-1971), National Theatre Conference M C.


Married Harriet Phyllis Nichols, August 24, 1957.

Ralph Bergen Allen

Sara Beddoe (Walker) Allen

Harriet Phyllis Nichols