Columbia College Chicago Theatre Alum Preston Allen Recounts His Journey as a Musical Theatre Writer and a Proud Trans Man in Playbill Interview

Preston Max Allen

Columbia College Chicago Theatre Department alumnus Preston Max Allen ’13, whose new musical We Are the Tigers is currently running Off-Broadway at Theatre 80 St. Marks in New York City’s East Village, is profiled in an interview posted March 3 on the Playbill theatre website. In the article, titled “How Preston Max Allen Came Into His Identity as a Musical Theatre Writer and a Proud Trans Man,” Allen — a graduate of the Theatre Department’s BA Program in Acting who also took courses in the Theatre Department’s Musical Theatre and Comedy programs — recounts his personal journey, including how his experience at Columbia College helped him realize that his primary interest was writing for the musical theatre. “All the other women in my program are substantially more talented than I am,” he remembers thinking when he was a student at Columbia. “I still love writing. I love to write for these women, I’d love to create work for these women.” You can read the interview here.