M.A. Religious Studies, Florida State University
B.A. World Religion Studies, Wilson College
Cynthia Allen 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, sports archives, and photography collections. For more than seven years, Allen was the program coordinator for NYU's Center for Advanced Technology. 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. She is the website director, editor, and a voting member for the New York Theatre Critics' organization Outer Critics Circle (OCC); as well as the Festival Director of HEAR Now: The Audio Fiction & Arts Festival.
digital art and new media; comics and graphic novels; computer and video gaming; sports