Cynthia Allen's teaching interests concern "theatre and film, the history of graphic novels, and how the role of digital new media impacts all aspects of Culture and society, including ongoing technological trends in new media, computer and video games, new media art installations, computer animation, and special effects in films. For more than seven years Allen was the program coordinator for NYU's Center for Advanced Technology. Currently, she is president of Lightning New Media, Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving arts archives on the Internet-professional theatre, opera, rare book and manuscripts, film, Jewish heritage, and photography collections. For more than 25 years, she has been involved with all aspects of film production-from producer to director-and continues to produce and direct programming for the web. Some of the filmmakers she has worked with include Joel and Ethan Coen, Sergio Leone, and Martin Scorsese. In addition, she is currently the website director, editor, and a voting member for the Outer Critics Circle (OCC), the New York theatre critics' organization.