Hi, friends! My name is Paige Allen. I’m from northeastern Pennsylvania (near Scranton! Like The Office!), and I’m concentrating in English with certificates in Theater, Music Theater, Creative Writing, and Humanistic Studies! I care about working across disciplines, increasing empathy, and elevating voices. The Lewis Center for the Arts and the broader arts community at Princeton have really become my homes at Princeton, and I hope I can help you find your place here as well.
Before Princeton, I was mainly a performer, but after arriving on campus, I quickly began to explore new sides of theater as the stage manager of Princeton University Players’ fall production (Evita) and as a member of PUP’s Executive Board. I’ve since performed in, stage managed, directed, produced, written, costume designed, board operated, and served as dramaturg for shows across campus with the Programs in Theater and Music Theater, PUP, Theatre Intime, Princeton Opera Company, and The Playwright’s Guild. I’m also passionate about the academic side of theater, both reconsidering the “canon” of “classic” plays while expanding our definitions of what kinds of theater are worthy of scholarship.
As a writer, I’ve grown tremendously through my classes with the Creative Writing Program. Contemporary writers I’ve been inspired by lately include Ted Chiang, Carmen Maria Machado, and Anne Carson, among others. My thesis will combine methodologies of literary criticism, historical scholarship, and creative writing as a means for reconstructing voices excluded from historical narratives and archives. I love sharing and talking about writing of all kinds, so don’t hesitate to reach out!
In addition to making theater and creatively writing, I write and edit for The Daily Princetonian (if you’re interested in arts criticism or the arts & culture side of journalism, we should chat!), work as a Head Fellow for the Writing Center, give tours with Orange Key, and participate in a progressive Christian group called The Wesley Foundation. I’m also a member of the Behrman Undergraduate Society of Fellows and the Edwards Collective (a living community for artists and humanists).
I can’t wait to meet you, and welcome home!