ALLEN HOOPER was born in L.A. (Lower Alabama), but soon moved (with his parents and brother) to Atlanta. While still in elementary school, he had his first acting job with a commercial for the soon to be World Champion Atlanta Braves. In high school, Allen moved to radio with a job as a disk jockey for WKRP, AM-1500 in Dallas, Georgia. (The call letters were later sold to a station in Cincinnati.) He continued working in radio through college, eventually holding the titles of Music, Promotions, and News Director all at the same time for WCHK radio in Atlanta.
Upon graduation from the Georgia Institute of Technology, Allen entered the actual work force as a computer programmer. While holding a day job, he proceeded to build an impressive theatre resume, appearing as lead roles in Samuel's Beckett's WAITING FOR GODOT, Eric Bogasian's TALK RADIO, and Larry Shue's THE FOREIGNER; while also appearing in numerous productions with the world famous Atlanta Shakespeare Company. Like everyone else in Atlanta, Allen worked on the television series SAVANNAH and IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT. He also starred in independent films, most notably HOW THE DAY BEGINS and NO PILLS IN HAPPYLAND, both for director Aditya Chandora.
Wanting to merge his day job with his passion for the entertainment industry, Allen moved to Los Angeles with hopes of being a working actor. To further that goal, he interned at Ulrich/Dawson/Kritzer, helping on TV series which included C.S.I., DARK ANGEL and FELICITY. That lead to Allen becoming a casting assistant on UPN's ABBY and FOX's A MINUTE WITH STAN HOOPER. He also worked as a casting associate for Jason Kennedy on PRETTY DEAD GIRL (2004 Sundance official selection) and EATING (2005 Sundance official selection).
Allen switched to the role of associate producer for the short film POOP before taking the reins for himself as producer of GOTTA MAKE THEM ANGELS. He was also co-writer of the script with Gregory Cover. Their first feature collaboration, VEINS, had a respectable showing with Project Greenlight and will hopefully begin production before the end of time.
Most know Allen for his work on ABC's MODERN FAMILY. From the pilot to the finale, he was the casting associate for all eleven seasons. Plus, he had a cameo appearance onscreen in the final season's Halloween episode. Casting director credits include the indie film SOUNDWAVE and SCI-FEST: The Los Angeles Science Fiction One-Act Play Festival which he cast for all three seasons. Allen is the recipient of four Artios Nominations and in 2015, he received the Casting Society of America's Associate Spotlight Award Los Angeles.