Zack Allen passed away on October 22, 2018 at age 52. The Funeral Service, conducted by Brother Carl Price and Brother Kenneth Trammel, is 2 p.m. Friday, October 26, 2018 in the chapel of Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon TN. The family will be receiving friends at the funeral home on Friday from 11 a.m. until the service. Interment in Wilson County Memorial will follow the service.
Zack had a thirty year history with theatre in east Tennessee. He was co-founder of Knoxville Children’s Theatre, for which he wrote 18 full-length plays, and directed 28 productions. As a UT student and subsequent 7 year member of the Clarence Brown Theatre Company, he performed in over 30 shows in twelve years. As a company member of the Actor’s Co-Op from 2001-05, he directed and acted in numerous shows at their Black Box Theatre. During that time, he won the Best Supporting Actor award from the Knoxville Area Theatre Coalition for his performance in The Importance of Being Earnest. From 2003-07, he was Executive Director of Rose Center, where he administered Tennessee Arts Commission grants in an eight county area east of Knoxville, among other duties. Zack also directed for other local theatre companies, including Shakespeare On The Square (Othello, Much Ado About Nothing), Tennessee Stage Company (The Foreigner), and Theatre Knoxville Downtown (Driving Miss Daisy, The Trip to Bountiful, Blood Relations, Picnic, Bell, Book and Candle, Heroes, Absurd Person Singular).
Zack is survived by parents Jimmy and LaVelle Major Allen and family members: Polly Stallings, Kim Kyori, Katie Nixon, Kamron Kyori, Shawna (Mark) Jones, Christopher (Rachel) Jones, Kelsey (Dashon) Eure, Lois Jennings, and Melody Griffin. Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon TN, 615.444.9393.