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Debbie Allen          

Actress, Dancer, Choreographer, Producer; Currently starring on "Grey's Anatomy"

Debbie Allen continues to be one of the most respected, relevant, and versatile talents in the entertainment industry today and is an internationally recognized director, choreographer and author. As Culture Connect Ambassador, Ms. Allen represented the U.S. in visits to Brazil, China, Italy, and India expanding the opportunities in arts education for young people all over the world. She is a member of the prestigious President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities, a board member of the American Film Institute, and an Executive Committee member of UCLA’s School of Theatre, Film, and Television.

Debbie Allen has received three Emmy awards honoring her choreography, and two Emmys and one Golden Globe for her role as “Lydia Grant” in the hit series, Fame. She then forayed from acting to directing- first with the series “Fame,” followed by “Family Ties” and “Bronx Zoo,” before taking the reins at NBC’s “A Different World” as director and producer in 1988. Allen has choreographed for artists such as Michael Jackson, Mariah Carey, and Janet Jackson, and also holds the distinction of having choreographed the Academy Awards a total of ten times, five in consecutive years. She produced the Steven Spielberg epic film Amistad, and recently directed the second highest rated original movie in Lifetime Channel history, Life is Not A Fairytale: The Fantasia Barrino Story. Allen also has staged musicals for the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. where she has been Artist in Residence for over ten years. In 2001, Allen fulfilled a lifelong dream by opening the Debbie Allen Dance Academy in Culver City, California, where she offers a comprehensive curriculum for over 200 boys and girls ages four to eighteen in twelve performing arts disciplines. Debbie Allen plays an active role in each student’s career by offering her own hands-on instruction and a world renowned faculty. Debbie has been able to use her prestige to lure instructors from famous institutions such as the Kirov Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet, and the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre.

In March 2008, Debbie Allen made her critically acclaimed Broadway directorial debut with the premier of an all African American production of Tennessee William’s classic, Cat On A Hot Tin Roof.

Debbie Allen lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Norman Nixon, and their two children, Vivian Nichole and Norman, Jr.


Debbie Allen Inspires Young Dancers with Misty Copeland
Debbie Allen teamed up with Misty Copeland to kick off DADA ON POINTE and host “An Afternoon with Misty Copeland,” at Grand Arts High School this past Saturday, March 19.
Grey's Anatomy season 12 books Debbie Allen as executive producer
Now more than ever, no one feels safe on Grey's Anatomy—but no matter what happens to her character, Debbie Allen isn't going anywhere.
Debbie Allen: Raising Money For Kids And Dance - Los Angeles ...
It's going to be a busy few days for Debbie Allen. Thursday night, December 12th she's hosting a big fundraiser for her dance academy.
Debbie Allen honored at D.C. Tap Festival gala - The Washington Post
Debbie Allen has received many honors in her career as an actress and dancer — multiple Emmys, a Golden Globe and two Tony nominations among them.
Debbie Allen Knows There Won't Be Diversity On TV Until We Meld ...
Debbie Allen remembers the segregated water fountains of the 1960s. Growing up in Texas, life was so difficult, she and her family crossed the border into ...
Debbie Allen On 'Fame,' Stage And Men In Tights : NPR
Debbie Allen won Fame for playing an iconic dance teacher in film and television . Now, she's getting new fans for roles on shows like Grey's Anatomy. She talks ...
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Donna Kauffman chats with Debbie Allen about diabetes, dance and ...
HEA contributor Donna Kauffman chats with Debbie Allen about diabetes and next week's finale of 'So You Think You Can Dance.'
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