About Essex Theatre Arts Studio...
Bob Allen and Elizabeth a. Harris co-founded the Essex Theatre Arts Studio in 2010. Since that time, ETAS has operated in Studio #280 of the Essex Arts Studios at 525 Essex Place, Cincinnati, OH 45202. ETAS provides community performances of new and seldom seen works, workshops and opportunities for playwrights, acting classes and training, rehearsal space, and educational outreach. ETAS chooses its actors from among the best available working actors in Greater Cincinnati. Their experience is wide and varied and acting credits include the professional, semi-professional, and community theatres of the tri-state and beyond.
Director Bob Allen
Bob Allen holds a BFA from UC’s College-Conservatory of Music. Presently Chair of the Prep Department’s High School Certificate Acting Program, which he co-created, Bob has been with Prep for fifteen years. Currently he also teaches Stage Appearance (Makeup) at Northern Kentucky University and co-manages the Essex Theatre Arts Studio with Elizabeth a. Harris. During his long professional career, Bob has served as Artistic Director for Clear Stage Cincinnati, Managing Director of the Cincinnati Actor’s Studio, founder and Artistic Director of The Chamber Theatre, board member for Frankenstein Project, and board member for The League of Cincinnati Theaters. Known mostly as an actor/director, Bob has worked in every aspect of theatre. He also has an extensive background in television, film and industrial video. Bob is the voice of Abraham Lincoln at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center and the voice of Rueben Springer in the PBS special, “Music Hall: Cincinnati Finds its Voice.” Bob’s career in the performing arts spans more than forty years. His stage acting and directing credits are too numerous to mention here, but are available upon request. Bob has also directed and appeared in numerous non-broadcast/industrial productions; television dramas; and films (most recently performing a featured role as Harold Wilshire in Somewhere in the Middle). He has also voiced radio commercials, training videos, internet commercials, textbook dvd’s, books on tape and narrated documentaries. His technical credits cover set design and construction, lighting design and execution, stage combat choreography, stage management, fly crew, makeup design and execution, costume design, and sound design and execution.
Elizabeth a. Harris
Elizabeth a. Harris possesses a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and a Master of Arts in Theatre with an emphasis in Directing, both from Morehead State University. She has been working professionally as an actor and director for 20 years and has been teaching theatre arts for 15 years. She has worked for such theatre companies as Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, The Know Theatre Company, and Ensemble Theatre Company in Cincinnati, Flat Rock Playhouse in Flat Rock, North Carolina, and the Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera. Elizabeth has had several original works produced in Cincinnati, Atlanta, and Pittsburgh.