Michael Allen spent 15 years in New York City designing scenery for stage, television and the mechanical holiday windows for Saks Fifth Avenue, Lord and Taylor, Macy’s and Marshall Field’s (Chicago). Television projects include work for Nickelodeon, MSNBC, PBS, Comedy Central, MTV and VH-1. His work on stage runs the gamut from off-off and off-Broadway to regional theatre and national tours. As an associate designer, Michael adapted Oklahoma, Sweet Charity, Miss Saigon, and Hairspray for the road, and in his own right designed tours of West Side Story, The Wiz (starring Grace Jones and Peabo Bryson) and Spiderman Live!: A Stunt Spectacular. He served as an assistant, draftsman and model-builder for the Tony Awards, Ice Capades, a slew of additional tours, and his work can still be seen on Disney Cruise Lines and at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Michael’s holiday window designs have won VMSD awards, and his scenic design for Masquerade received the first Innovative Theatre Award celebrating excellence in off-off Broadway theatre.
Michael strongly believes in facilitating student design. Having experienced at first hand the value a good associate brings to a design team, Michael often serves as a resource to student designers, juggling his roles as both mentor and assistant to bring student designs to the Meredith mainstage.
Michael has been a member of United Scenic Artists Local 829, the union and professional association of Designers, Scenic Artists, Craftspeople and Department Coordinators since 1994.
Master of Fine Arts (1993), Scenic Design from the University of Virginia
Bachelor of Arts (1990), History from the University of Chicago