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Richard Allen

Film, Television and Digital Media

r.allen@tcu.edu | 817-257-6695


M.F.A., Indiana University at Bloomington

B.F.A., New York University

Courses Taught

FTDM 10053 - Survey of Film
FTDM 10073 – Media Adaptations
FTDM 10143 - Intro Film/TV Aesthetics
FTDM 30153 - Dramatic Style & Structure
FTDM 30433 - American Cinema
FTDM 40210 - Topics in Production - Character Development
FTDM 40153 – Dramatic Writing for Film and Television
FTDM 30243 -- Directing
FTDM 30353 – Theory and Practice of Film Acting

Areas of Focus

Screenwriting. Screenplay Structure. Film Musicals. Daytime television writing. Careers in entertainment and broadcasting.

  1. “Beginning, Middle, End of an Era: Has Technology Trumped Aristotle?”, Journal of Film & Video.
  2. “Starbright and Vine”  Original play Produced at Stage West.
  3. Director or “Bad Jews” at Stage West.
  4. “Mildred!” Musical Produced through TCU Grant.
  5.  Produced a workshop production of a one-act musical, “Audition,” for which he also wrote the book and lyrics.
  6. The Seduction and Deception of Mozart” Wrote Book for UTA Mainstage Musical, University of Texas at Arlington.
  7. Hello, Dolly! Goodbye, Musical: How a Team of Giants Nearly Brought Down a Genre.”
  8. Is This the Right Material, Girl?  How Madonna Makes Us Like Eva, But Not Evita.”

Head Writer at NBC’s Days of Our Lives and has also written for ABC’s General Hospital, One Life to Live and NBC’s Another World. Wrote a teleplay, Big Shots, which was broadcast. Wrote screenplay, The O’Hare Affair, which was optioned by Segue Productions. Wrote play, The Man Who Killed Rock Monnenoff, produced by Atlanta’s Theatre-in-the-Square. Wrote comedy Seducing Sally, produced at Fort Worth Theatre.

  1. Dean’s Research and Creative Activity Award
  2. Dean’s Teaching Award
  3. Wassenich Award
  4. Delta Gamma Foundation Faculty Award for Teaching Excellence
  5. Emmy Awards, Associate Writer for As the World Turns, 2001 and 2002
  6. Three-time Writers Guild Award nominee
  7. Soap Opera Award
  8. Media Access Award
  9. Environmental Media Award. 
  10. Emmy nomination, Days of Our Lives
  1. Screen Writers Guild
  2. Lone Star Film Society, Board of Directors
  3. Stage West, Board of Directors