Dennis A. Allen II is an actor, playwright, and New York native, who takes his mantra from Paulo Coehlo’s The Alchemist: “To realize one’s destiny is a person’s only real obligation.” After receiving his BA in Communications, Dennis tried his hand at acting, thinking it would be a hobby, and auditioned for a local repertory company. He landed the role of Moon in a production of Tom Stoppard’s The Real Inspector Hound and since that first taste of the stage has played key roles in many plays after, including the lead role in Beast: A Parable, a one act play by J. Julian Christopher. His own short play, his play The Mud Is Thicker In Mississippi directed by Christopher Burris, won the 2010 Samuel French Off-Off Broadway Short Play Festival. His plays have been produced and/or developed by, Sanctuary NYC, Variations Theatre Group, The Bowery Poetry Club (Sticky), JACK, and ActNow Foundation. Recipient of the 2012 and 2013 Himan Brown Creative Writing Award. Collaborative Writer for The American Slavery Project's 2012 "Unheard Voices". Member of Liberation Theatre Company's 2011 and 2012 Black Playwright's Group. Featured playwright for 2013 The Fire This Time Festival and Harlem9's 2013 48 hours in Harlem. 2013 Bring a Weasel and a Pint of Your Own Blood featured playwright. 2013 commissioned writer for The Schomburg Junior Scholars, "Letter from Birmingham Jail" theatrical reading. Dennis is helping to develop and acting in Tyson vs. Ali under the direction of Reid Farrington. In 2013 he recieved his MFA from Mac Wellman's Brooklyn College Playwriting program. It would be safe to say that he has realized and is fulfilling his obligation.