Trustee, Lonestar Regional Chapter
Allen Morris is an independent producer/director, whose career began as a child providing voices and operating puppets on “THROUGH MAGIC DOORWAYS,” a children’s educational television program. In college, he produced and directed “A JOURNEY THROUGH CHRISTMAS,” an hour-long television special examining the Christmas customs celebrated throughout the world.
Early in his career, Allen co-wrote, produced and acted in a pilot for a situation comedy entitled, “THEY’D HANG YOU IN NASHVILLE.” While working for Metromedia in Houston, he produced “#26 MORNING PLACE”, a live children’s show and “PAWS FOR THE NIGHT,” an all night talk show featuring live comedy sketches and musical performances. He ended his career at Metromedia traveling with the Astros baseball team producing games for Major League Baseball broadcasts.
On location in Egypt in 1986, Allen produced and directed a documentary funded in part by the Texas Endowment for Humanities entitled, “ALEXANDRIA: MONUMENT TO CIVILIZATION,” examining the influence that ancient city had on developing Western culture. During the first Gulf War, he and his crew traveled to Israel. They came back with the first American interview in which Yitzhak Rabin said he would consider a “land for peace” initiative.
His most recent live events include, directing “FASHION HOUSTON” for five years and the “100th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION OF THE BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA”; corporate theatre for organizations as diverse as Meeting Professionals International, Shell Oil Company, Memorial Hermann Hospital and others.
His work in film includes commercials and documentaries. Among his recent works are the series PEOPLE WHO MAKE A DIFFERENCE: DR. EMIL J FREIREICH, a profile of the physician who helped develop chemotherapy and discovered the cure for childhood leukemia; AN AMERICAN RHAPSODY, a visual history of America from its founding up to the election of Barack Obama, set to the music of Gershwin’s iconic “Rhapsody in Blue.” He has just released ONE MAN FOUR LIVES, a profile of Holocaust survivor and philanthropist William J. Morgan; He has worked with hundreds of celebrities: musical artists, actors, and political figures.
Allen’s has been honored five times with one national Emmy® Award and 4 regional Emmy’s. Next to those awards are Addy Awards; awards from The American Marketing Association, The Associated Press, The Clio Awards, The Country Music Association of America, The Dallas Press Club Katie Awards, The International Association of Business Communicators, The National Association of Television Programming Executives, The New York Festivals, The Telly Awards, The Texas Public Relations Society and others.
In 2009, Allen was named Humanitarian of the Year for his devoted work with Houston’s Children’s Assessment Center. Throughout his career, Allen maintained a commitment to community service, helping raise more than $50 million for various philanthropic organizations. In addition to serving as a NATAS Trustee, Allen is on the board of Lone Star Emmy Awards, and is a past Regional VP; past chair for the Visual Communications Curriculum Board for the Lone Star College System; and is currently a member of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in Los Angeles