Platt Allen was bound to be introduced to Casa Mañana at a very early age – his mom has had tickets to Casa since 1968! One of the first performances he remembers is Singin’ in the Rain starring Tommy Tune. He recalls that there was a trough around the edge of the stage that filled with water during the rain scenes. Tune would swing around the light poles and kick the water out of the trough, much to the chagrin of music director Joe Stecko. Since, he has traveled to New York and London to see shows. He claims he is “purely a spectator…impressed with those who can embrace a role and convince those of us in the seats that they ARE the character,” but he has been seen on Casa’s stage in walk-on roles. We’d argue that he convinced the audience that he was part of the show from the beginning!
Becoming more involved was a natural transition for Allen: “I choose to give back to organizations that improve my quality of life. Casa Mañana has certainly made my life better.” When asked what makes him stay involved, he insists that Casa’s impact on the community cannot be summarized in just one paragraph. He describes the impact on youth in our community as “inspiring” and “transformative,” adding that “Casa Studios nurtures [a] desire to perform and develop confidence and skill that can carried into life on the stage and in the boardroom.”
Allen’s involvement in the community doesn’t just stop at Casa. He is President and CEO of Lighthouse for the Blind of Fort Worth. He is a member of the Board of Directors for National Industries for the Blind, one of the AbilityOne Program central non-profit agencies. Platt also serves as a member of the Advisory Committee for Purchasing from People with Disabilities for the Texas Workforce Commission. A member of Colonial Country Club, he serves on the Board of Governors as a member of the Executive Committee, Parliamentarian and Chair of the Food and Beverage Committee. He also serves on the Charles Schwab Challenge Tournament Committee as Vice Chairman of Operations and as a member of the Executive Committee.
He claims he has spare time, where he and his wife, Laurie, enjoy traveling and SCUBA diving in odd parts of the world. He plays golf and is a rabid fan of TCU Athletics, where he has season tickets for football, men’s basketball and volleyball. He’s been a member of the Frog Club since the early ’90s, even serving as president for a time. And we definitely can’t fail to mention that he plays bass in a local cover band!
Interested in joining the board of directors? Contact Jessica Walsh, Director of Development, at 817.321.5042, for more information.
Portrait courtesy of Gittings Photography.