Sherry Lee Allen

Sherry Lee Allen

Artist-in-Residence for Musical Theatre

B.A., Point Park University

Kennedy Family Theatre
slallen@barton.edu | 800-345-4973 x6495

An accomplished actor, director, dancer and vocalist, Sherry Lee Allen studied Musical Theatre and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance from Point Park University in her hometown of Pittsburgh. A union member of Actors’ Equity Association for over 20 years, she has performed in the Broadway national tour of Evita and European tour of “Jesus Christ Superstar.” Regional favorite roles include Kathy Selden in “Singin’ in the Rain,” ChaCha in “Grease,” and Milly and Dorcas in “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.” She served as Assistant Director/Choreographer for Hot Summer Nights’ “The Marvelous Wonderettes,” also appearing as Missy, and for North Carolina Theatre’s “Evita,” starring Lauren Kennedy. Allen was a founding member of the vocal jazz quartet, The Sophisti-Cats, and fronted the Blue Moon Orchestra in San Francisco.  She also has sung with the Wilson Symphony Orchestra under the baton of conductor Mark Petersen. Allen has directed these and many other shows: “West Side Story,” “White Christmas,” “Godspell,” “Chicago,” “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” “Something’s Afoot,” “Bye Bye, Birdie!,” “Seussical: The Musical,” “The Miracle Worker,” “Wait Until Dark” (awarded Outstanding College Production). She also served as director/choreographer for “In the Heights,” “Tommy,” “Fame,” “All Shook Up,” and “Pinkalicious”; and she choreographed “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” for Broadway Series South and “Parade” for the Theatre Raleigh.

As an educator, Allen has been an adjunct professor in dance and theatre at Grand Valley State University, Aquinas College, and Cornerstone University for 10 years. She also taught at Meredith College and William Peace University (voice and piano). She enthusiastically accepted Barton College Theatre’s Artist- in-Residence position, where she directed “Two By Two,” “Whodunnit: The Musical,” and “The Rocky Horror Show.” Allen teaches courses in voice and dance. She currently teaches at the North Carolina Theatre Conservatory and is the assistant director/choreographer for the Master Summer Theatre Arts School shows.

She enjoys challenging young minds to be creative and utilize imagination to discover new and exciting opportunities on stage. She has been a performing arts instructor for over 30 years.