Who Is Jeanell Allen?
Reigning from the chaotic Sunshine State of Florida, Jeanell Allen is a New York City-based actress, writer and producer. Her work centers on the Black experience, specifically dismantling the stereotypes of Black femininity. She explores the themes of mental health, characters who are on a self-reflective journey, and highly-developed worlds yet to be seen on the screen.
She has acted on television shows such as Blue Bloods, Law & Order: SVU, and The Blacklist. She has placed in major screenwriting competitions such as the Screencraft Screenwriting Fellowship Competition, WeScreenplay Feature Screenwriting Competition, Final Draft Big Break Screenwriting Competition and more with her portfolio of five television pilots and screenplays including her romantic comedy The Mistress Whisperer. Her socio-psychological thriller CODE-S received 8’s on the The Black List. It was applauded for its ability to "tell [a story] incredibly unsettling and full of dread, using the carceral nature of mental health care to create an environment where the protagonist feels totally powerless and at the mercy of people with a hidden agenda."
Tired of being typecast as the sassy Black best friend, she decided to use her strong work ethic and mix it with her childhood love of creative writing and poetry to transform into a producer. She has produced the digital series Shut the Front Door! and the comedy nonfiction podcast Can We Just Be Kids Again?.
Jeanell graduated from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts with a BFA in drama.