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Debbie Allen

Also Credited As: Deborah Allen

Birth Place: Houston, TX, USA

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For her vast body of work, Ms. Allen has earned three Emmy Awards, a Golden Globe, five NAACP Image Awards, a Drama Desk, an Astaire Award (for Best Dancer), and the Olivier Award. She holds four honorary Doctorate degrees and has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. She was appointed by President George W. Bush to represent the United States as a Cultural Ambassador of Dance.


She has been artist in residence at the Kennedy Center for over 15 years, creating original works with the legendary Arturo Sandoval and James Ingram, such as: Pepito’s Story, Brothers of the Knight, Dreams, Alex in Wonderland, Soul Possessed, Pearl, Dancing in the Wings and Oman O Man. Her long list of directing and producing credits include television classics such as FAME, Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, How To Get Away With Murder, Jane the Virgin, Empire, A Different World, Everybody Hates Chris, Stompin’ At The Savoy, Polly, That’s So Raven, Cool Women, Quantum Leap, The Fantasia Barrino Story, and on stage, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. She is currently Executive Produce/Director/Actress on ABC's Grey’s Anatomy.

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Debbie Allen STAGE CREDITS

[Broadway]
Broadway Revival, 1986
Charity Hope Valentine

Charity

[Off-Off-Broadway]
Showcase, 1981
Performer

[Broadway]
Broadway Revival, 1980
Anita

[Broadway]
Closed on the road, 1978
Alice

[Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1978
Performer 5 [Replacement]

Performer [Replacement]

Debbie Allen Productions

 
[Broadway, 2008]
Director
 
[Broadway, 1988]
Choreographer

Debbie Allen Movies

Fame
[ 1980 ] Lydia
Ragtime
[ 1981 ] Sarah
Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life Is Calling
[ 1986 ] Michelle
Mona Must Die
[ 1994 ] Betty
Blank Check
[ 1994 ] Yvonne
Out-of-Sync
[ 1995 ] Manicurist
Forget Paris
[ 1995 ] choreographer
Amistad
[ 1997 ] producer
Everything's Jake
[ 2000 ] Librarian
The Painting
[ 2001 ] Bertha Lee Gilmore
All About You
[ 2001 ] Ruth
Tournament of Dreams
[ 2007 ] Rhonda Dillins
Next Day Air
[ 2009 ] Ms. Jackson
A Star for Rose
[ 2013 ] Rose
A Jazzman's Blues
[ 2022 ] choreographer

Debbie Allen TV Shows

A Different World
Dr. Langhorne, Debbie Allen
Everybody Hates Chris
Gun Woman, Mother
Fame
Lydia Grant, The Good Witch of the South
Grey's Anatomy
Dr. Catherine Avery
Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child
Lola, Precious
In the House
Jackie Warren
S.W.A.T.
Charice Harrelson
The Love Boat
Reesa Marlowe, Selena Moore

Debbie Allen Awards and Nominations


winner
Olivier Awards - 2010 - Best Revival

Debbie Allen, Cat On A Hot Tin Roof

Helen Hayes Awards - 2001 - Outstanding Choreography, Resident Production

Debbie AllenDreams


winner
Helen Hayes Awards - 1999 - Outstanding Choreography, Resident Production

Debbie AllenBrothers of the Knight

Tony Awards - 1986 - Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical

Debbie Allen , Sweet Charity


winner
Drama Desk Awards - 1980 - Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical

Debbie Allen, West Side Story

Tony Awards - 1980 - Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical

Debbie Allen, West Side Story

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Debbie Allen News


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Jared Grimes to Host The 2024 Chita Rivera Awards

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LaChanze And Lar Lubovitch To Be Honored At Boston Conservatory Commencement

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Review: CHOIR BOY at The Studio Theatre

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Debbie Allen FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How many Broadway shows has Debbie Allen been in?

Debbie Allen has appeared on Broadway in 4 shows.

How many West End shows has Debbie Allen been in?

Debbie Allen has not appeared in the West End.

What awards has Debbie Allen been nominated for?

Debbie Allen has been nominated for several awards, including Best Revival at the Olivier Awards for "Cat On A Hot Tin Roof," Outstanding Choreography at the Helen Hayes Awards for "Dreams" and "Brothers of the Knight," Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical at the Tony Awards for "Sweet Charity," Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical at the Drama Desk Awards for "West Side Story," and Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical at the Tony Awards for "West Side Story."

What awards has Debbie Allen won?

Debbie Allen has won the following awards: Best Revival at the Olivier Awards for Cat On A Hot Tin Roof, Outstanding Choreography, Resident Production at the Helen Hayes Awards for Brothers of the Knight, and Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical at the Drama Desk Awards for West Side Story.

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