Connor Allen is the newly appointed Children’s Laureate of Wales (2021-2023). Since graduating from Trinity Saint David as an Actor, he has worked with companies such as Sherman Theatre, Tin Shed Theatre and National Theatre Wales. He is a member of National Youth Theatre of Great Britain and was also the winner of TriForce’s Cardiff MonologueSlam, representing Wales at the London winners edition. As a writer he was a member of the BBC Wales Welsh Voices and The Welsh Royal Court writing groups and has written for BBC Wales, BBC Radio 4, Sherman Theatre, Literature Wales and Dirty Protest.
Connor’s work is heavily inspired by elements of his own life such as grief, love, masculinity, identity, and ethnicity. Most recently he was longlisted for the 2020 Wales Writer in Residence, won the 2021 Rising Star Wales Award and was a Jerwood Live Work Fund recipient in 2021. He is associate artist of his hometown theatre The Riverfront in Newport.