ALLAN MILLER is an actor, director, teacher and writer. He has acted in over two hundred films and television productions, and dozens of plays (credits attached).
Mr. Miller was artistic director of the Back Alley Theatre for ten years, for which he received the LADCC Margaret Hartford Award for Distinguished Achievement. At the Back Alley he directed more than a dozen productions, including “Are You Now or Have You Ever Been…” and “The Fox”, for which he received an LADCC award for direction. Other directing credits include “The Fox” Off-Broadway at the Roundabout Theatre and at the Berkshire Theatre Festival, “Camping with Henry and Tom” at the Westport Playhouse, and “A Perfect Ganesh” by Terence McNally (nominated for eight LADCC awards), “Stumps” by Mark Medoff, “A Map of the World” by David Hare, and “The Gigli Concert” by Tom Murphy, all at the Odyssey Theatre. He directed “The Deal” by Matt Whitten at International City Theatre, “First Love” by Charles Mee at the Odyssey, “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf” by Edward Albee for the Actors Studio West and most recently “First Monday in October” by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee, and “This Lime Tree Bower” by Conor McPherson at the Odyssey Theatre.
He teaches acting privately and at colleges and professional schools, including Circle in the Square, The Actors Studio, where he has been a moderator, Yale School of Drama, New York University, and the Focus Theatre in Dublin. Some of his well-known students include Barbra Streisand, Dustin Hoffman, Meryl Streep, Geraldine Page, Lily Tomlin, Sigourney Weaver, Peter Boyle, Rue McClanahan, Dianne Wiest, and Bruce Davison. His work as a master teacher is featured in the compilation book, “A New Generation of Acting Teachers,” published by Penguin. He is the author of A Passion for Acting: Exploring the Creative Process now in its third printing, and a DVD, Auditioning.
He wrote the play The Fox, based on the novella by D. H. Lawrence, which has been produced by theatres in Atlanta, Philadelphia, Seattle, Fort Worth, Austin, San Francisco, San Diego, and has been optioned internationally in France, Belgium, Hong Kong, Canada, and Argentina. The play has toured England and Australia and has been translated into French, Spanish, German, and Chinese. It has been published by Samuel French in an acting edition, Doubleday for the Fireside Book Club, and the California Arts Council’s West Coast Plays, and is now distributed by Samuel French Inc.
Mr. Miller is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, has served on the Board of Directors of the Screen Actors Guild, and has been a panelist for the City of Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department and the California Arts Council. He studied with Lee Strasberg at the Actors Studio, Uta Hagen at HB Studio, and Erwin Piscator at the Dramatic Workshop.