Allen Hahn has designed productions for companies including New York City Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, the Lincoln Center Festival, BAM Next Wave Festival, Chicago Opera Theater, Boston Lyric Opera, Portland Opera and the Spoleto USA Festival and several productions for the influential New York company Gotham Chamber Opera. His international design credits include opera companies and festivals in Australia, South Korea, France, Germany, Norway, Finland, The Netherlands, Spain, and the UK.
He has designed world premiere operas at Juilliard in New York and at the Royal Danish Opera in Copenhagen, where his 2002 production of Giulio Cesare with Andreas Scholl was recorded for a DVD release on Harmonia Mundi. Allen has collaborated with noted stage directors such as Christopher Alden, Ned Canty, Ken Cazan, Robin Guarino, Sam Helfrich, Kristine McIntyre, Francisco Negrin, Kevin Newbury, Diane Paulus, Chas Rader-Shieber, James Robinson and Keith Warner. Selected international credits include new productions of Émilie for Finnish National Opera; Kafka’s Trial for The Royal Danish Opera; La Finta Giardiniera and La Fanciulla del West for Opera Zuid, and Der Freischütz at Bilbao.
Allen’s designs for theater in the U.S. include Henry V for Two River Theater, Three Tall Women at Seattle Rep; Under the Whaleback at Wilma Theater, Sideways Stories at The Arden Theater, Bridge and Tunnel for Indianapolis Rep, Bust for Portland Stage), The Lady With All the Answers for The Pittsburgh Public Theatre; Super Vision, Alladeen, and Once Upon a Time in Chinese America for the BAM Next Wave Festival, as well as other productions in New York, Philadelphia, and numerous other US cities.
Allen served as Lighting Design Curator for the US delegation to the 2011 Prague Quadrennial Exhibition of Stage Design, and his work from several productions was selected for the 2007 Quadrennial. He has worked with the cross-media performance company The Builders Association since its inception in 1994. He has also worked with artist Tony Oursler on installations at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and ARoS Kunstmuseum in Denmark. His work in the music world has ranged from designing for David Byrne in Central Park, to working with Alarm Will Sound at the Muziekgebouw in Amsterdam.
His dance for camera work as a director and designer has been seen in the short films Breath Light Stone and Mutable Spirals of Ascension, which have been selected for inclusion in festivals in the US and internationally, with Breath Light Stone garnering awards in multiple categories.