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Gregory G. Allen is the award-winning author of three novels and one nonfiction memoir: Cool Side of the Pillow, Patchwork Of Me (Winner - Fiction: Women's Lit category of the 2012 International Book Awards, Winner - 2012 NY Book Festival in General Fiction, Winner - Fiction: Intrigue category of Readers Favorite 2012 Awards), Well With My Soul (Finalist - Literary Fiction category of The USA "Best Books 2011" Awards, short-listed for Indie Lit Awards) and Proud Pants: An Unconventional Memoir. His children's book Chicken Boy: The Amazing Adventures of a Super Hero with Autism was the MeeGenius People's Choice Award grand prize winner and won the Gold Award in the children's category of Readers Favorite 2012 Awards and the sequel Chicken Boy: A Super Hero with Autism Deals with Doctors & Dentists was published in 2014. His latest children's book Irving the Theater Nut! was published in fall of 2016.
Gregory has been in the entertainment business for almost 30 years as an actor, director, producer, songwriter, playwright, screenwriter, and author. His plays and musicals include: Hiding in Daylight (Upcoming Readings at Take Pride, Bloomfield! festival in New Jersey and The Studios of Key West in Florida) Well With My Soul (Seeing Place Theater Reading Series, NYC), Invisible Fences written with Stephen Kitsakos (4th Wall Theatre M.I.D. Stage Series), Ashokan: The Story of a Reservoir written with Stephen Kitsakos and Perdita Finn (commissioned by the Catskill Watershed Corporation), and three children's musical all produced by the Garland Children's Theatre in Garland, Texas. For film, he has penned the screenplay for He Is Gone, has adapted a few of his novels into screenplays, served as associate producer on several projects, and is the winner of the 2015 Indie Soul Best Director Award (Boston International Film Festival), April 2015 Best Director (Los Angeles International Film Festival Awards), and 2015 Remi Award winner (World-fest - Houston) for his short film Mother.
As an actor, he started his career in the late 80s doing summer stock, regional theater, tours (toured for several years as a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle), and some off-off Broadway work. He took a detour into corporate America for 13 years, but found his way back to the stage and some recent favorite roles have included Cal Porter in Mothers and Sons, Edward Bloom in Big Fish The Musical, Dan in Next to Normal, Alan Turing in A Most Secret War, the Preacher in Violet, and many pounds ago...Whizzer in Falsettos.
He has had short stories and poetry published in numerous anthologies and websites, had over ten produced stage shows, and has been the recipient of musical grants from BMI, ASCAP and the Watershed Foundation. He is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and The Dramatist Guild. Gregory has contributed articles, blogs, & reviews to BroadwayWorld.com, Huffingtonpost.com, Bwayvoice.com, Baristanet.com, Examiner.com, and Outinjersey.net, has served as a freelance director and script writer for Broadway Live; a media company specializing in original programming for the New York Theater scene, and has been featured and interviewed in The Advocate, Huffington Post, PBS One-on-One with Steve Adubato, Sirius Radio The Morning Jolt, and Next Magazine. Gregory has been an advocate for diversity for years and has shown that in his writing, discussions at school, and vocal presence on social media. From autism to equality - he can't stay quiet about his feelings on certain subjects. His latest play Hiding In Daylight has combined his love of the arts with his desire to be vocal about LGBT rights in America today.