Debbie Allen

(Writer, Director, Choreographer, Mrs. Washington, Rosanna)

 A BFA graduate of Howard University in Theater and Classical Greek Studies is an award-winning director/choreographer who has choreographed the Academy Awards a record ten times. She directed and choreographed for legendary artists such as Michael Jackson, Mariah Carey, James Earl Jones, Phylicica Rashad, Janet Jackson, Whitney Houston, Gwen Verdon, Lena Horne, and Sammy Davis Jr.

Ms. Allen received the Golden Globe for her role as Lydia Grant in the 1980s hit series Fame, and is a three-time Emmy Award winner in Choreography for her series Fame and the Mot-town 25th. Awarded ten Image Awards as director, actress, choreographer and producer for Fame, A Different World, Motown 25th, The Academy Awards, The Debbie Allen Special and Amistad, she has also directed the best that Network TV offers, including Scandal, How to Get Away with Murder, Jane The Virgin, Empire and is currently serving as directing Executive Producer of Grey’s Anatomy.

She is daughter of Vivian Ayers and Dr. Andrew Allen, wife to NBA All-Star Norman Nixon and mother of Vivian and Thump. She dedicates this work to the life of Ms. Edna Owen Anderson a champion for the young people of our world.

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