Richard James Allen
Richard was appointed co-artistic director of Tasdance with Karen Pearlman from 1995-1996. Alongside the artistic directorship, Richard also worked as a choreographer, dancer and poet.
Richard graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (First Class Hons) from the University of Sydney in 1982. He is a former member of the Victoria Marks Performance Group (New York City), and the KISS International Theatre Research Group (Holland). He is also an acclaimed poet, the author of four books published in Australia: The Way Out At Last & Other Poems (Hale & Iremonger, Sydney, 1986); To The Ocean & Scheherazade (Hale & Iremonger, Sydney, 1989); Hope for a man named Jimmie & Grand Illusion Joe (Five Island Press, Wollongong, 1993); and What To Name Your Baby (Paper Bark Press, Sydney, 1995), published to coincide with the season and tour of the performances of What To Name Your Baby. In 1997 Richard founded Physical TV Company with Karen Pearlman and is currently working in Sydney as the co-artistic director of the company.