Ensemble - Mainstage, ICI Instructor
- Joined VTSL: 2008
- Is a graduate of UBC Fine Arts Acting program
- Other theatre:
- The Critical Hit Show, Rio Theatre
- The North Plan, Up in the Air Theatre
- Felony, Vancouver Fringe Festival (2012). Allen wrote & performed in it.
- La Vue d’En Haut, Theatre La Seizieme
- Awards: 2012 Vancouver Fringe Festival ‘Best Site Specific Play’ for Felony
- Favourite VTSL roles: in Gritty City Fever and The Super Hero Show
- Allen is a published author of the children’s book Lucy’s First Flight – an interactive iPad story about a Canadian Goose who flies south for the winter. “It teaches kids about geography and the importance of family. Seriously.”
- Favourite books: “The comic book series, Y the Last Man. Brilliant. I also loved the novel, You Shall Know Our Velocity, by Dave Eggers.”
- As a screenwriter, Allen’s short film Kodiak debuted at the 2007 Vancouver International Film Festival and has since gone on to be screened at film festivals in London, Australia and Cannes.
- IMDB Profile
- Favourite movie: The Princess Bride
- Comic inspirations: “I grew up loving everything by Monty Python and Kids in the Hall.”
- Follow Allen on his blog – How You Can Be Cool
How did improv change your life?
“I started doing improv in about 2004 on a whim. My buddy dragged me onstage to do a show at a bar. I had no intentions of falling in love with it. I was mostly just trying to get him off my back.
I work as a teacher during the daytime so improv has definitely made me a better teacher. It’s made me far more willing to be flexible with lesson plans and the moment to moment classroom dynamics.
In my regular life, improv has helped me be more assertive and considerate. I was a pretty shy kid and improv has certainly helped bring out my personality. I can’t imagine my life without it.”
ICI instructor bio:
A mainstage performer with VTSL for the past seven years, Allen has been teaching improv to students of all ages. Allen can also be seen performing monthly with The Critical Hit Show. With a Fine Arts Degree in theatre from UBC, he prefers a very theatrical approach to improv. Having performed and studied in theatres across North America and Europe, he has a multitude of styles and exercises to draw from. Most recently he has also begun teaching for the UBC Theatre Department.