Simone Allen is a singer/songwriter, composer/lyricist for musical theater, music director, pianist, and arranger based in Brooklyn, New York. She grew up in San Rafael, California and she graduated from Tufts University (Medford, Massachusetts) in May 2017 with a B.A. in Music. She is currently a composer in the second-year BMI Musical Theatre Workshop.
She has collaborated with artists such as Shaina Taub, Mike Brun, Ellen Winter, Andrea Grody, Leigh Silverman, Alex Lacamoire, Dave Malloy, Or Matias, Justin Levine, Sonya Tayeh, Daryl Waters, Andrew Resnick, Charlie Rosen, Kurt Crowley, Bandits on the Run, Phil & Phoenix Roebuck, Lila Blue, Mary Spencer Knapp, Misha Chowdhury, Ryan Scott Oliver, and Drew Gasparini. She has accompanied performers such as Joel Perez, Darius de Haas, Stephanie J. Block, Jarrod Spector, Gabriel Ebert, Karen Olivo, and Aaron Tveit.
Simone is the music assistant for The Cher Show, which is currently running at the Neil Simon Theatre on Broadway. She is the assistant music director for Octet (by Dave Malloy, opening spring 2019 at Signature Theatre). She is the music associate for developmental labs of The Suffragists (by Shaina Taub, Public Theater). She was the music director/arranger for Ruby & Charlie (Jessica Simon, Henson Residency) at the O’Neill Theater Center in September 2018. She was the music copyist for Twelfth Night at London’s Young Vic in fall 2018 (songs by Shaina Taub). She composed music for Pie Shop Play (by Alice Pencavel, directed by Sivan Battat) in the Corkscrew Theater Festival in July 2018. In spring 2018 she was the assistant music director/music associate for Folk Wandering with Pipeline Theatre Company (directed by Andrew Neisler, music-directed by Ellen Winter).
As a New York SongSpace grant recipient, Simone is currently developing a new musical Opus loosely based on the life of Clara Wieck Schumann. She was a featured songwriter in Rattlestick Playwrights Theater’s New Songs Now series in July 2018. In January 2018, Simone presented The Songs of Simone Allen at Feinstein's/54 Below, a solo concert of her own original music; the concert featured guest performers Joel Perez, Mayelyn Perdomo, Grace Oberhofer, and Ed Rosini and musicians Dan Berkery, Magda Kress, and Chris Anselmo. Simone won the 2017 protest song contest "Songs of Freedom: Music for the People, By the People" with her song "Never Gonna Stop", featured in the NYCLU's Broadway Stands Up For Freedom concert at the NYU Skirball Center (Danny Goldstein/Kurt Crowley). Her songwriting work has also been featured at Musical Theatre Factory, the New York Musical Festival's Intersecting Chords concert, and 99 Problems Fundraiser for Planned Parenthood (Annie Tippe/Nate Weida) at the Judson Memorial Church. In May 2017, she presented a concert at Tufts of thirteen original songs with a band and fifteen guest singers.
Other recent credits: music director/piano for Tamasha Nights: An Evening of New Musicals (Hypokrit Theatre Company, directed by Arpita Mukherjee); piano/melodica/vocals for The Cherry Orchard at the Lake Lucille Chekhov Project; music associate substitute for Only Gold workshop with the Public Theater (music supervisor/arrangements by Alex Lacamoire, music-directed by Meg Zervoulis, directed by Andy Blankenbuehler); rehearsal piano for the Moulin Rouge developmental lab in November 2017 (music supervision/orchestration by Justin Levine, directed by Alex Timbers, choreographed by Sonya Tayeh); music assistant intern for As You Like It at the Public Theater/Public Works (music and lyrics by Shaina Taub, directed by Laurie Woolery, music-directed by Andrea Grody); music associate substitute for A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Public Theater (original music by Justin Levine, directed by Lear deBessonet, music-directed by Jon Spurney); music director & band arranger for East O', West O'! at Ars Nova's ANT Fest (written and composed by Michelle J. Rodriguez, directed by Sivan Battat, produced by Ari Rudess in association with Teatro Vista).
Simone music-directed eleven productions at Tufts University with Torn Ticket II, including Chicago, Fly By Night, Little Shop of Horrors, 35MM, Next to Normal, Into the Woods, and She Loves Me. Simone received the Best Music Director award from Tufts 3Ps for Chicago (2017), Little Shop of Horrors (2016), and Next to Normal (2015). Her short original musical See You Have Me was performed at Tufts University in December 2015 and at the Strawberry One-Act Festival in New York City in July 2016 (nominated for Best Director, Best Actress, and Best Actor).
Simone has received training in classical and jazz music in California and at Tufts University. She is comfortable playing piano by ear or with sheet music/chord charts. She is proficient in piano, voice, and flute with basic proficiency in guitar, accordion, and saxophone. She is a member of ASCAP.