Debbie Allen

Debbie Allen

Debbie Allen continues to be one of the most respected, relevant, and versatile talents in the entertainment industry today. The talented and successful actress, director, producer, choreographer, singer, and dancer continues to redefine herself as an accomplished artist. Most recently, Ms. Allen has taken the reality television genre by storm, acting as the producer, choreographer, and host of the NBC hit reality show - FAME. The show has proven to be one of the NBC network's highest rated series, and it has introduced Allen to a whole new generation of fans.In addition, Debbie Allen has added the credit of author to her impressive array of merits. Allen has composed two children's books entitled, Brothers of the Knight, and more recently, Dancing in the Wings, both for Penguin Putnam Publishing.Allen was inspired to write Brothers of the Knight after she staged a musical for the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. entitled Pepito's Story, which was loosely based on the classic fairy tale, The Twelve Dancing Princesses. After changing the main characters in the musical from girls to boys, Allen came up with the premise for her book. Her most recent Kennedy Center Productions were Dreams in 2000, Pearl, an adaptation of Snow White also played to SRO crowds, and Brothers of the Knight.Debbie Allen has moved forward with yet another exciting project proving that she is, indeed, one of the hardest working individuals in Hollywood. In 2001, Allen fulfilled a lifelong dream by opening the Debbie Allen Dance Academy in Los Angeles, California.Allen's academy offers a comprehensive curriculum for boys and girls ages four to eighteen in all the major dance techniques including Classical Ballet, Modern, African, Jazz, and Hip-Hop. In addition, special workshops are held for concentration in the Peking Opera, Martial Arts dance techniques, Flamenco, Salsa, and Tap. Debbie has been able to use her prestige to lure instructors from famous institutions such as the Kirov Ballet, and the Peking Opera.In a classic example of, “life imitating art,” the Debbie Allen Dance Academy will bring Debbie back to her days where she played the title role of dance instructor, “Lydia Grant,” on the long-running, hit television series, Fame. Similar to the show, Allen's studio provides a safe haven for kids to go after school where dance professionals motivate, and teach them to excel in their style of dance. Debbie plays an active role in each student's career as a dancer by offering her own hands-on instruction.In the year 2000, Debbie hosted and produced her own documentary series on the Women's Entertainment cable television network. The show, appropriately entitled Cool Women, chronicled the lives of ordinary women who were doing extraordinary things in their communities. During the same time period, Allen directed, co-produced, and co-starred along with her sister Phylicia Rashad in the critically acclaimed PBS Special The Old Settler.Allen's film work is also quite extensive with her last project being the successful and highly acclaimed DreamWorks production, Amistad - the story of a famed mutiny aboard a slave ship in 1839. With Debbie Allen producing, Amistad was the first film that Steven Spielberg chose to direct for DreamWorks. Written by David Franzoni, and Academy Award winner Steven Zaillian, Amistad brought to life the dramatic and heroic story that Allen had possessed for more than 10 years - a credit to her dedication and passion for the film.Perseverance and passion are no strangers to Allen, who received favorable notices for her role as Richard Pryor's feisty wife in the semi-autobiographical film, Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life is Calling. Her other feature films include Milos Forman's Ragtime, and The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh, which she also choreographed. Allen also directed the feature film Out of Sync, starring L.L. Cool J, Victoria Dillard, Yaphet Kotto, and Howard Hesseman. Set in the underground world of rave music, this film told the story of a down and out DJ trying to get his life back on track.Allen received two Emmy's and one Golden Globe for her role as “Lydia Grant” in the hit series, Fame. She then forayed from acting to directing; first with the series Fame, followed by Family Ties, Bronx Zoo, and the Fresh Prince of Bel Air before taking the reins of NBC's A Different World as director and producer in 1988. By steering the creative thinking toward pertinent issues on a college campus, Allen's leadership helped A Different World place in the Nielsen's ratings top five on a consistent basis. More recently, Debbie has directed episodes of The Parker's, and The Twilight Zone, and she has continued to appear in television commercials, and prime time episodic television series such as, The Division. Debbie Allen continues to be one of the most sought after director/producers in the television industry.Debbie Allen got her start on Broadway in the chorus of the show Purlie, which brought her instant recognition. She then proceeded to perform in Raisin, and the 1979 production West Side Story for which she received the prestigious Drama Desk Award, as well as, her first Tony award nomination. Allen received another Tony award nomination in 1986 for her role in Bob Fosse's Sweet Charity. In 1988, Debbie went behind the scenes of the theater to choreograph the new American musical Carrie with the Royal Shakespeare Company. In addition, Debbie Allen holds the distinction of having choreographed the Academy Awards for five consecutive years.In 1992, Allen became Dr. Allen when she was awarded an honorary doctorate from the North Carolina School of Arts, as well as, one from her alma mater Howard University. Ms. Allen is a member of the prestigious President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities, a board member of the American Film Institute, and she is a member of the executive committee of UCLA's School of Theater, Film, and Television where she recently directed a play on the UCLA campus entitled, Wedding Band. In recognition of her amazing career in the entertainment industry, Debbie Allen was honored with a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame - the world's most famous sidewalk. Debbie's Walk of Fame star is further proof to her life-long contribution in the entertainment arts, and it is a unique honor in a class by itself.Source:
There are some scenes that work beautifully in a moving, sweeping master, which is how I like to work.More Debbie Allen quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Everything has to be well thought out - what do you really need, when can you do with less coverage.More Debbie Allen quotes [07/13/2011 05:07:53]
I attended the event in Napa in July and it was amazing, so when we heard about this one, we had to sign up. I'm going to keep coming back.More Debbie Allen quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Self-checkout is negative because more and more retailers are losing the personal touch. People want to do business where people know their name and communicate with them. With a world full of email and more self-service we will begin to start seeking out the basics from retailers who create emotion. There is not emotion out of self-service and most people buy out of emotion.More Debbie Allen quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I've had a lot of experience auditioning people, and I can do it rather quickly even though sometimes I let them linger and give them time, but I kind of know after I see them do a couple of steps. I know.More Debbie Allen quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]

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