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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.

  • “Beginning, Middle, End of an Era: Has Technology Trumped Aristotle?”, Journal of Film & Video.
  • “Starbright and Vine”  Original play Produced at Stage West.
  • Director or “Bad Jews” at Stage West.
  • “Mildred!” Musical Produced through TCU Grant.
  •  Produced a workshop production of a one-act musical, “Audition,” for which he also wrote the book and lyrics.
  • The Seduction and Deception of Mozart” Wrote Book for UTA Mainstage Musical, University of Texas at Arlington.
  • Hello, Dolly! Goodbye, Musical: How a Team of Giants Nearly Brought Down a Genre.”
  • 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.
  • Dean’s Research and Creative Activity Award
  • Dean’s Teaching Award
  • Wassenich Award
  • Delta Gamma Foundation Faculty Award for Teaching Excellence
  • Emmy Awards, Associate Writer for “As the World Turns,” 2001 and 2002
  • Three-time Writers Guild Award nominee
  • Soap Opera Award
  • Media Access Award
  • Environmental Media Award. 
  • Emmy nomination, “Days of Our Lives”
  1. Screen Writers Guild
  2. Lone Star Film Society, Board of Directors
  3. Stage West, Board of Directors