(Bio as of December 2000)
J. Allen Suddeth most recently collaborated with the Goodman on King Hedley II during the 2000/2001 Season. He has worked professionally for the past 25 years out of the New York area and is ranked as one of ten recognized fight masters in the United States by the Society of American Fight Directors. For Broadway he has staged fights for Saturday Night Fever, Jekyll & Hyde, Angels in America, Loot, Saint Joan, A Small Family Business and Hide and Seek. Off-Broadway he has worked on over 50 productions for Manhattan Theater Club, Playwrights Horizons, The New Group, The Public Theater, BAM, Second Stage, Riverside Shakespeare, Jean Cocteau Repertory, The Pearl Theater and the New York Theater Workshop. Regionally and in LORT theater he has worked for Center Stage in Baltimore, The Arena Stage and the Shakespeare Theater in Washington, D.C., as well as the Denver Center, Actors Theater of Louisville and Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, among many others. As a master teacher, Allen has trained actors for The Juillard School, the Lee Strasberg Institute, and the Stella Adler Conservatory, in addition to being a frequent guest artist at major universities. For television he has staged stunts for over 750 programs for ABC, CBS, NBC and HBO. He is the author of Fight Directing for the Theater, published by Heinemann Press. Allen has also taught at the National Stage Combat Workshop, currently at U.N.L.V., for 12 years.
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