Hey there–Joseph Frederick Allen here. I’m a New York City based actor, writer, and life enthusiast.
As a performer I most recently appeared on the series finale of TV Land's Younger (created by Darren Star). On stage I have been seen as the title role in Peter Pan at The Fulton Theatre, Crutchie in Disney's Newsies at Theatre By The Sea, Huck Finn in Big River at the Sharon Playhouse, Sketch in Hairspray at North Shore Music Theatre, Dennis in All Shook Up, Laurie in Little Women (with original Broadway director Susan H. Schulman), Prentiss in Peter and the Starcatcher and some other awesome stuff.
My love of new works led me to help create both the roles of Will Halloway and Jim Nightshade in the musical Something Wicked This Way Comes by Neil Bartram & Brian Hill. I first developed the show with them at the Penn State Nu Musicals Festival and joined the project again as it was workshopped at the Tony Award winning TheatreWorks Silicon Valley in Palo Alto, CA. As a part of this project I was featured on NPR’s The To Do List Live and in Bartram’s show New Songs For A New Year at Birdland Jazz Club. I played Jeremy in the second production of the musical Be More Chill, working closely with Tony Award nominated composer Joe Iconis and director John Simpkins, working with them again in The Joe Iconis Christmas Extravaganza. I joined the cast of Austen's Pride: A New Musical of Pride and Prejudice by Lindsay Warren Baker & Amanda Jacobs in a new mounting of the show at ACT of Connecticut directed by Igor Goldin. I also contribute largely to the development of The Last Day by writing team Sarah Schlesinger and Grammy Award winner Mike Reid, reprising the role of Simon for a workshop at Two River Theatre in fall 2021.
Episodes of the digital mini-series I created called Nice Guys (Finish Last) are streaming on Youtube now. My play, The Eulogy Approach, is in development with Runyonland Productions and is set for a reading in November 2021. Also a songwriter, my debut single "Something To Believe In" is available to stream on all platforms. Recently actress Krystina Alabado (Gretchen in Broadway's Mean Girls) recorded a demo for my song "The Greater Good." Click here to see more of my writing.
I was the National Association of Teachers of Singing winner for Musical Theatre in the Northwest Region. A regular performer at Feinstein’s/54 Below, I’ve been in numerous concerts, debuting songs by Tony Award winning composer Charles Strouse, new musical theatre writer Zack Zadek, often collaborating with composer Billy Recce, and joining the 54 Sings series, celebrating pop music of Lady Gaga, Ed Sheeran, P!nk, and more.
A member of Actors Equity Association, I am represented by The Ann Steele Agency and am a proud graduate of Penn State's Musical Theatre Program. I live in Manhattan where, in addition to the arts, I pursue my passions for Star Wars, hammocking, and rollerblading.