Mo Allen is an actor, tap dancer and writer living in Los Angeles. Hailing from the great city of Chicago, she has performed in films, commercials, plays, musicals, improv, and sketch comedy. Recently, Mo wrote, produced and starred in a short film called Lunch Break which won a jury award at Lady Filmmakers Festival in Beverly Hills where she also received a Best Actress nomination. Lunch Break also screened as an Official Selection at the Oscar Qualifying 43rd Cleveland International Film Festival and most recently was selected as a finalist for the Dumbo Film Festival monthly competition in NY. Other recent film credits include a leading role in the short film Gamiconocron, written and directed by Brad Riddell (American Pie Band Camp, Road Trip Beer Pong) and Goodnight Jeffrey, which was an official selection at the New York Television Festival, Midwest Independent Film Festival and Austin Film Festival. Mo has also appeared in national TV and radio commercials.
An alumna of iO and Annoyance improv training programs, Mo went on to perform in several original plays at the Annoyance Theatre, including the critically acclaimed Invisible World and Manic Pixie Dreamland. She also had the great opportunity to perform at Chicago Women’s Funny Festival, Chicago Sketchfest, Jangleheart Circus Comedy Festival, Milwaukee Improv Festival, and ImprovAcadia in Bar Harbor, Maine. She also had the opportunity to act in the Brave Face Project, a collaboration piece on female empowerment at the Auditorium Theatre at Roosevelt University.
As a tap dancer, Mo was a company member with Chicago Tap Theatre and jorsTAP chicago. She traveled to New York City to perform in Tap City as well as the New York Musical Theatre Festival. She had the honor of performing Brenda Bufalino’s beautiful piece, Flying Turtles, at the Chicago Human Rhythm Project.