About

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 Gregory G. Allen is the award-winning author of four novels, one nonfiction memoir,  two shorts, and three children's books.   

  • Cool Side of the Pillow  (2018 Semi-Finalist Stage Craft Cinematic Book Contest)
  • Vacation from Hell *Under Pen Name Drake Braxton 
  • Missing (Winner - New England Book Festival for Best Gay Fiction, Second Place Winner in the 2012 Rainbow Awards for Mystery/Thriller,  Among the best in LGBTQ Lit for 2012 by the Indie Reviewer) *Under Pen Name Drake Braxton  
  • Patchwork Of Me (Winner - Fiction: Women's Lit category of the 2012 International Book Awards, Winner - 2012 NY Book Festival in General Fiction, Winner - Fiction: Intrigue category of Readers Favorite 2012 Awards)  
  • Destiny on the Tracks *Under Pen Name Drake Braxton
  • Well With My Soul (Finalist - Literary Fiction category of The USA "Best Books 2011" Awards, short-listed for Indie Lit Awards)   
  • Proud Pants: An Unconventional Memoir.   
  • Chicken Boy: The Amazing Adventures of a Super Hero with Autism was the MeeGenius People's Choice Award grand prize winner and won the Gold Award in the children's category of Readers Favorite 2012 Awards. 
  • Chicken Boy: A Super Hero with Autism Deals with Doctors & Dentists was published in 2014.
  • Irving the Theater Nut! was published in fall of 2016. 

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Gregory has been in the entertainment business for 30 years as an actor, director, producer, songwriter, playwright, screenwriter, and author. ​His plays and musicals include: Hiding in Daylight (Readings at Take Pride, Bloomfield! festival in New Jersey, The Studios of Key West in Florida, Community Conversations in Dallas, TX) Well With My Soul (Seeing Place Theater Reading Series, NYC), Invisible Fences written with Stephen Kitsakos (4th Wall Theatre M.I.D. Stage Series), Ashokan: The Story of a Reservoir written with Stephen Kitsakos and Perdita Finn (commissioned by the Catskill Watershed Corporation), and three children's musical all produced by the Garland Children's Theatre in Garland, Texas. 


For film, he has penned the screenplay for He Is Gone (Official selection of the 2019 Beverly Hills Film Festival), has adapted a few of his novels into screenplays, served as associate producer on several projects, and is the winner of the 2015 Indie Soul Best Director Award (Boston International Film Festival), April 2015 Best Director (Los Angeles International Film Festival Awards), and 2015 Remi Award winner (World-fest - Houston) for his short film Mother. He wrote the screenplay  and is co-producer of Hiding in Daylight, currently in film festivals and has won the IndieFest Film Award of Excellence for LGBT film and for script/writer. It was also a finalist at the Cannes Film Festival American Pavilion Emerging Filmmakers Showcase. Current projects include: short film Reparations (official selection in HollyShorts 6th annual screenplay contest), short film Hive (in development), and working on feature film version (or a series) of Hiding in Daylight.

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As an actor, he started his career in the late 80s doing summer stock, regional theater, tours (toured for several years as a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle), and some off-off Broadway work. He took a detour into corporate America for 13 years, but found his way back to the stage and some recent favorite roles have included Father Flynn in Doubt, Cal Porter in Mothers and Sons, Edward Bloom in Big Fish The Musical, Dan in Next to Normal, Alan Turing in A Most Secret War, the Preacher in Violet, and many pounds ago...Whizzer in Falsettos


He has had short stories and poetry published in numerous anthologies and websites, had over ten produced stage shows, and has been the recipient of musical grants from BMI, ASCAP and the Watershed Foundation.  ​He is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and The Dramatist Guild. Gregory has contributed articles, blogs, & reviews to BroadwayWorld.com, Huffingtonpost.com, Bwayvoice.com, Baristanet.com, Examiner.com, and Outinjersey.net, has served as a freelance director and script writer for Broadway Live; a media company specializing in original programming for the New York Theater scene, and has been featured and interviewed in The Advocate, Huffington Post, PBS One-on-One with Steve Adubato, Sirius Radio The Morning Jolt, and Next Magazine.  Gregory has been an advocate for diversity for years and has shown that in his writing, discussions at school, and vocal presence on social media. From autism to equality - he can't stay quiet about his feelings on certain subjects. His latest play Hiding In Daylight has combined his love of the arts with his desire to be vocal about LGBT rights in America today.  

Bio

Gregory G. Allen is an award-winning author, screenwriter, director and producer. His short film Hiding in Daylight (Writer/Producer) was one of 29 films chosen to screen at the American Pavilion at the Cannes Film Festival for 2019, has won audience awards at festivals, and won 3 IndieFEST awards for direction, writing, and Best LGBTQ Film. His short film Mother (Director/Writer/Producer) won numerous awards at film festivals around the country including Best Director at Boston International Film Festival and Los Angeles International Film Festival and a 2015 Remi Award from WorldFest-Houston. His screenplay He is Gone was an official selection in the 2019 Beverly Hills Film Festival and his latest short Reparations (pre-production as Director/Writer/Producer) is an official selection in the HollyShorts 6th annual screenplay contest summer 2019. Gregory has been the recipient of grants from BMI, ASCAP, the Watershed Foundation and is a member of The Dramatist Guild, the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, and a former member of the BMI Musical Theater Workshop. His plays and musicals include Hiding in Daylight, Well With My Soul, Invisible Fences, Destiny and Dreams, River Divine, and several children's musicals.  He is the award-winning author of four novels, one nonfiction memoir, two short stories, and three children's books. www.gregorygallen.com 

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