Nathan Allen founded The House Theatre of Chicago with friends in 2001 and continues to lead the company as artistic director. Writing and directing credits include Death and Harry Houdini, The Sparrow, Rose and the Rime and The Hammer Trinity (The Iron Stag King, The Crownless King and The Excelsior King). He wrote and starred in The Valentine Trilogy (San Valentino and the Melancholy Kid, Curse of the Crying Heart and Valentine Victorious) and directed The Magnificents by Dennis Watkins, with whom he also created the weekly magic show, The Magic Parlour. Allen's work has been seen on the stages of The House Theatre, the Steppenwolf Merle Reskin Garage Theatre, the Adrienne Arsht Center in Miami, the Stoneham Theatre in Boston, Strawdog Theatre, The Neo-Futurarium, Collaboraction and the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. He has received acknowledgements from the Joseph Jefferson Awards, the Orgie Theatre Awards and the American College Theater Festival. He has been named an associate artist at the Adrienne Arsht Center and received the Emerging Leader Award from his alma mater, Southern Methodist University.