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Gregory G. Allen
Managing Director
973 748-9000, ext. 1343
gregory_allen@bloomfield.edu

Gregory Allen has been at Westminster for five years and has spent the last 25 years working in some capacity of theatre. He moved to New York from Texas to study at the American Musical & Dramatic Academy and has an extensive background in musical theater, children’s theater and professional theater having worked as an actor in New York on stage and television, regional theater and tours. As a director and producer, his productions have won numerous awards and critical accolades through the years.

Allen understands the business side of "show business" having spent over 13 years in management at a Big Five Financial Services Firm in NYC. He served for 6 seasons as the Artistic Director of 4th Wall Theatre, is a member of the Dramatist Guild, ASCAP, The Theatre Communications Group, and a former member of the BMI Musical Theater Workshop. He served for two years on the Bloomfield Cultural Commission and then another two years on the Essex County Advisory Board for the Arts.

Allen is an award-winning musical theatre writer (Peter Filichia's Straw Hat Award for Best Score in 1995 for his musical River Divine); and has had over ten original musicals produced for which he has worked as a librettist and/or composer/lyricist. He is the published author of the novels Patchwork of Me and Well With My Soul, the non-fiction novelette Proud Pants: An Unconventional Memoir about his older brother's life of addiction, and the award-winning children's book Chicken Boy: The Amazing Adventures of a Super Hero with Autism as well as several short stories, poetry and prose published in anthologies and websites.
 

Traci Ford
Assistant to the Managing Director
973 748-9000, ext. 1129
traci_ford@bloomfield.edu

Ford is an alumni of Bloomfield College, where she majored in Media Studies/Communications and minored in English Literature. While attending Bloomfield College as a single parent she worked full-time, was on the High Honors list, and a member of the National Honors Society. As a graduate, Ford was listed in the Who’s Who of College Students in America. She has been working at Westminster for five years, is an avid reader and film-goer, writes poetry and is working on a novel, a graphic novel and a screenplay. Ford writes a blog, “ADauphin’s Blog” and is a contributor to Woman2WomanMagazine.com. She is currently in pre-production with her first long short docu-drama, "You’re Not the Boss of Me!". Ford lives with her son, Jason, and their pets: Boo (a cat) and Akasha (a ball python).
 

Nicholas Von Hagel
Theatre Operations Manager
973 748-9000, ext. 1446
nicholas_vonhagel@bloomfield.edu

Von Hagel graduated cum laude with a BA in Technical Theatre and has put that degree to good use as the technical director at Westminster for the past four seasons and at King's College in PA prior to that where he first served as a student tech while attending college. He has worked with the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, 12 Miles West Theatre Company, 4th Wall Theatre, M.O.C. Musical Theatre, and numerous community theatre companies doing everything from sound and light design to Assistant Stage Manager duties and carpentry work. Von Hagel was nominated for a 2011 Perry award (the NJ Community Theatre awards) for his sound design for Gypsy with M.O.C. Musical Theatre.