Marilyn Pool Allen has been active in community theatre for many years. One of the founding members of Texas Nonprofit Theatres and a Past President of the organization, Marilyn is an accomplished director and actress, as well as a valued arts leader. She attended West Texas A & M University and received her MFA from Stanford University. She studied acting under B. Iden Payne and directing under Dr. Frances Hodge. Before moving to Midland, Texas, where she currently resides, Marilyn was the Managing Director of Amarillo Little Theatre in the Texas panhandle and worked with the Horseshoe Players. She was on the board of the American Theatre Association (ATA) before its demise, and later served on the board of the American Association of Community Theatre as the Region VI Representative and as Vice President of Long-Range Planning. She served on the board of Midland Community Theatre (MCT) for six years and served as Chair for the 2005 AACTFest at MCT. Her acting and directing skills were put to use at the Permian Playhouse and the Globe of the Great Southwest in Odessa as well as at MCT.
Though her resume is extensive and her honors numerous, Marilyn's passion now lies in the development of directing expertise. Such expertise is the basis for achieving excellence, she believes, lifting the quality of productions in every aspect of performance. To that end, she has made a generous contribution to establish the funding source for the Marilyn Pool Allen Directing Scholarship.
Texas Nonprofit Theatres is honored to administer the Marilyn Pool Allen Directing Scholarship Fund and looks forward to helping students of all ages advance in their studies. See details of application below.
In March 2018, the Scholarship Committee of the Marilyn Pool Allen Directing Scholarship announced the selection of Bridget Gatesas its 2018 recipient. Bridget will be attending the Blackfriars Conference in Virginia, through the American Shakespeare Center in October of 2019. Bridget Gates is the full time Artistic Director of the EmilyAnn Theatre & Gardens, teaching and directing Shakespeare for all ages of actors and students. This last year she taught the children's Shakespeare workshops for the Texas A&M First Folio event. She is the coordinator of the Shakespeare High School Monologue Competition for the ESU, Austin branch. Bridget is a professional actress and director, as well, in Central Texas. Her greatest loves and joys in life are her husband, Kevin, and 4 year old daughter, Rosalind.
In March 2017, the Scholarship Committee of the Marilyn Pool Allen Directing Scholarship announced the selection of Hope Wilton as its 2017 recipient. Hope used the funds to attend the AATE Conference in New Orleans to attend workshops to aid in her development as a director. Hope joined the Kids Who Care Staff in Fort Worth, TX, as the Education Director after receiving her BFA in Theatre with an emphasis in Theatre Education and her Teacher Certification from the University of Texas at Austin. As a Director, Hope recently lead the productions of Lily Plants a Garden at Anderson High School and Kentucky Cycle: Fire in the Hole at Hendrickson High School. As an Assistant Director and Assistant to the Director, she has cultivated a long career with Kids Who Care, assisting with the productions of The Little Mermaid, You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, Shrek, Peter Pan, and many July Original Works, including this year’s The King’s Door. This is her first year as Assistant Director of the KWC Resident Company. As a new member of TNT and recipient of the Marilyn Pool Allen Directing Scholarship, Hope is honored to have the opportunity to continue growing in her craft this August as she attends the 2017 AATE National Conference.