A Lighting Designer and Teacher of Lighting Design, Hughes has a BA from Catholic University and a MFA from New York University. Broadway credits include Having Our Say; Mule Bone; and Once On This Island, which earned him a third Tony nomination. The Broadway production of K2 brought his first Tony nomination, an Outer Critics Circle Award, and the Joseph Maharam Award. Other design work on Broadway includes Strange Interlude, Accidental Death of An Anarchist, and Quilters. New York designs at Roundabout Theatre Company, New York Theatre Workshop, Playwrights Horizons, New York Shakespeare Festival, Lincoln Center Theater and Off-Broadway. He received the USITT Distinguished Achievement Award in Lighting Design for 2003. He is the recipient of the 1997 Merritt Award for Excellence in Design and Collaboration. Recipient of two Helen Hayes Awards in Washington and nominated eight other times. His work has been seen at major theaters throughout the country, including the McCarter Theatre, Seattle Rep, Long Wharf Theatre, Goodman Theatre, Guthrie Theatre, Hartford Stage, Mark Taper Forum, Steppenwolf, Kennedy Center, Denver Center, and Alliance Theatre. His dance designs include works for American Ballet Theater, New York City Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, National Ballet of Canada, Ballet Tech, Hartford Ballet, and Pilobolus Dance Theatre. He has served as an associate artist at Arena Stage, where the fellows program has been named in his honor. Allen is an associate arts professor at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.