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.