Allan’s research focuses on the intersections between religion and theatre, with interests in body theory, performance historiography, American history, material culture, and Mormon studies. For his master’s thesis, Allan wrote about Hell Houses—contemporary Evangelical Christian haunted houses. Allan is currently exploring early twentieth century historical pageants. Allan has taught classes in general theatre history and dramatic literature. He has presented at various theatre conferences including ASTR, ATHE, and MATC. Allan also has served in a number of offices in organizations affiliated with those organizations. He is pleased to currently serve as the President of the Graduate Association for Students of Performance (GASP), the TDPS graduate student organization.
MA in Theatre History and Criticism, Brigham Young University, 2011;
BA in American Studies, Brigham Young University, 2009, summa cum laude.
Vice-President for the Graduate Student Caucus of the American Society for Theatre Research (ASTR);
Secretary for the Religion and Theatre Focus Group of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE);
Member, American Theatre and Drama Society (ATDS)
“17 Miracles (film review).” BYU Studies 54, no. 4 (2012), 185-89.
Representative Conference Presentations:
“Demon Guides as Theatre Activists: Discussing the Lessons Learned from a Hell House Outreach Kit.” ATHE. Washington, D.C. August 3, 2012.
“Drag ‘Me’ to (and Out of) Hell: Queering Anti-Theatricality and Redefining ‘Self’ in Aristophanes’ Frogs.” ASTR. Montreal. November 18, 2011.
“Teaching Tartuffe’s Dogma New Tricks: The Company of the Holy Sacrament’s Control of Discourse in the Tartuffe Controversy.” Mid-American Theatre Conference (MATC). Minneapolis. March 3, 2011.