Photograph by Gorilla Photography/Joe Loper

Photograph by Gorilla Photography/Joe Loper

Allan Staples is a New York-based playwright and screenwriter whose writing has been called “funny, sexy, intimate and heart-wrenching.” He received his MFA in Playwriting from the New School of Drama and is currently a member of the Playwright/Director Unit at the Actors Studio.     

Allan's plays have been produced or developed at the Kennedy Center, Jungle Theater, Playwrights Center, Rising Sun Performance Company, the New School for Drama, Minnesota Fringe Festival, Thirst Theater, Players Theatre, Brick Theater, Short+Sweet Singapore, Bloomington Playwrights Project, Lama Theatre Company, and Sticky New York among others. Additionally, his plays have been a finalist for the New Works of Merit Playwriting Contest and the Dennis & Victoria Ross Emerging Playwrights Competition. He also received the America Theatre Co-op Award for best one-act plays. His writing also appears in collections published by Smith & Kraus and Heinemann Publishing.

As a screenwriter, Allan’s short films Words & Action and The Unmentionables were produced and presented at the New School. His screenwriting recognition include placing in the top ten percent of the Nicholl Fellowship and top fifteen percent of the Austin Film Festival. His screenplays have also placed as a finalist at the Denver Film Festival, Creative World Awards, American Gem Short Script Contest and the Los Angeles New Wave International Film Festival. His pilot, The Experimentalist, won the sitcom category of Filmmaker.com’s script competition.  

Allan is a member of Actors Equity Association, Dramatist Guild and the Playwrights’ Center.