Allen Nause
Former Artistic Director

Allen Nause recently retired as Artists Rep's Artistic Director after for more than 25 years. As a Resident Artist, he will continue to work with the theatre as both an actor and director. 
 
Allen is a recipient of the 2003 Governor's Arts Award. He first came to Oregon in 1975 to act with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. He joined Artists Rep as the company's first Artistic Director in 1989 and has directed many of its most popular productions, including Superior DonutsThe Seafarer, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Appalachian Ebeneezer, Touch, Killer Joe, The Crucible, The Beauty Queen of Leenane, A Raisin in the Sun, Three Days of Rain, Incorruptible, A Delicate Balance, Amazing Grace, Beast on the Moon, Fortinbras, A Perfect Ganesh, A Pirate's Lullaby, A Taste of Honey, The Diary of Anne Frank, We Won't Pay! We Won't Pay! and A Long Day's Journey Into Night. He also has directed Our Town with Mahesh Dattani in Bangalore, India; The Foreigner for Portland Repertory Theater; Tons of Money and Absent Friends for Portland Civic Theatre; Noises Off for Oregon Shakespeare Festival and Beirut for triangle! Productions.

Allen has taught Theater Arts at Lewis & Clark College, Portland State University, and University of Portland. In 1994, Allen traveled extensively through Asia, Africa and the Middle East, representing American regional theater in the U.S.I.A. Arts in America Tour, directing A Journey Through American Comedy. In 2000, Allen traveled to Vietnam and co-directed a bilingual, bicultural production of A Midsummer Night's Dream and a Vietnamese language production of The Glass Menagerie as part of the Vietnam America Theatre Exchange. Under his artistic leadership, Artists Rep was selected in 2004 by the National Endowment for the Arts as one of only six theater companies nationally to participate in their "Shakespeare in American Communities" program, the largest-ever tour of Shakespeare in the U.S. Earlier this fall, he traveled to Hungary through an international travel grant from the Theater Communication Group seeking playwrights and directors for a future Artists Rep production. As an actor, Allen has performed at many Northwest theaters, including Artists Repertory Theatre, Portland Repertory Theater, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Tacoma Actors Guild, Seattle Repertory Theatre, The Empty Space Theatre, A Contemporary Theatre and Intiman Theatre. He appeared in the feature films Frances, The Runner Stumbles and Gathering Evidence and directed the film Zig Zag, starring Dan Reed. He has also directed and acted for the Oregon Symphony's "Nerve Endings" series.