Perrin Manzer Allen

was born into a musical family, and began performing with his siblings almost as soon as he could walk. Reportedly, his first solo "turn" was the song, "I'm a little petunia in an onion patch." This quickly became his signature song and life motto. An early start as performer, pianist and composer instilled in him the stylistic diversity that has informed his career.

He began his professional stage career at age 13 in the title role of "Amahl and the Night Visitors." The same year saw his first European performances as a pianist. He studied composition and theory throughout his adolescence and continued his education at Boston University, graduating with an emphasis in Vocal Performance. While still at University, he worked frequently with the eminent American Composer Virgil Thomson, singing that composer's works in concert. Further study continued at the Banff Centre, The Chatauqua Institute and in private study in New York and Los Angeles. His primary vocal teachers were Judy Natalucci, Richard Cassilly, Marlena Malas and Seth Riggs.

Engagements followed with prominent American Opera Companies (Boston Lyric, Long Beach Opera, Opera Theatre of St. Louis) as well as in the musical theatre. He toured for ten years with American Soprano Julia Migenes, and in 1995 moved to Germany to portray the role of Jean Valjean in the original German Cast of Les Miserables, later becoming the first individual in that musical's history to alternate between the roles of Valjean and Javert.

Perrin began composing as a child. After twenty plus years on the stage, he shifted his focus in the late 1990's to the creation, composition and development of new works -- primarily in the musical theatre, but with happy collaborations for pop artists, corporate commissions and film projects. Parallel to this work, he undertook the musical direction and supervision of various mainstream music theatre pieces ("Mamma Mia", "Spring Awakening", "Buddy") and has established an pro-active career in the European Musical Theatre.

In 1998, he formed Anonymous Society with colleague Andrew Wale, and their first music theatre piece, also named "Anonymous Society", became the surprise smash hit of the 1999 Edinburgh Fringe Festival. A London run followed, for which it won the Barclay Theatre Manager's Prize for Best Musical of 2000. Their second collaboration, "Some Girls are Bigger than Others", was premiered at the Lyric Hammersmith Theatre in 2005. A UK tour followed. They have also written original stage works, as well as numerous songs.

Perrin's diversity has also made him a sought out musical supervisor, composer and orchestrator for other projects. He was music coordinator on three FIFA World Congresses, has composed for film and TV (Das ist Heiss-mann!, David Strassman Show) and co-written and produced recording for numerous European pop artists. In 2007, his orchestrations for Ariel Dorffman and Eric Woolfson's "Dancing Shadows" was awarded the Korean Musical Award for Best Orchestrations.

Perrin is also active as a vocal teacher. The development of young talent has always been an important part of his work. Since it's inception, he has worked as a vocal and casting consultant with Stage Entertainment Germany, on various productions: "Mamma Mia", "Tanz der Vampir", "Sister Act", "Wicked", "Elisabeth", "Die Schoene und das Biest" to name a few.

Perrin lives in Berlin.