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Playwrights work weekly one-to-one with our Producing Artistic Director to develop their ideas into a fully fleshed out piece that look to be copyrighted, published, and produced. #YourNationalTheatre seeks to amplify voices currently unheard addressing issues that are relevant to today and tomorrow. 

These world premieres have public workshops so audiences can give input and nurture the piece through development.

A.J. Allen

A.J.  has been playing music and writing songs since he was a teenager.  He was the lead singer and rhythm guitarist for the rock band C.O.D. Although he has written over a hundred songs, secular and spiritual, this is his first musical - a rock musical about the heroin epidemic.


This musical is inspired by the courageous stories of hundreds of veterans, and the numerous voices A.J. has met throughout the country affected by the heartache and stigma of addiction. This piece is dedicated to them, and to the providers who treat them.

After recovering from his own personal challenges A.J. worked as a therapist at Joseph House and progressed into becoming the Associate Director in charge of the clinical program and supervision of the clinical staff.  Today he runs his own business, Minds at Peace with the goal of helping people challenged by stress, whether from addictions or the demands of home, work and life.  He is the only provider in the TriState certified to teach Mindfulness Training for Smoking (MTS), a highly effective group intervention to quit smoking.

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