Write a little about yourself. Just a paragraph will do.
Hi, I'm Allan. I am intelligent, kinda quirky, and without guile. I
love thoughtful conversations and random dance parties. I'm
currently a graduate student studying theatre history and my
research often looks at intersections between religion and theatre.
I am energetic, straightforward, and wear my heart on my sleeve.
I'm looking for somebody who is smart, curious, kind. I'm also a
fan of cuddling.
In my ideal world, the person I date would have fun with me in a
variety of places: at theatre, hiking, at E Street Cinema, at a
baseball/hockey game, in a museum, on a camping trip, or
volunteering. Someone who can engage in deep conversations but who
can also find joy in something as simple as watching an episode of
something like Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I have fun going out and
enjoying DC; but staying in with a group of friends to play board
games or card games is always appealing to me as well. (You in for
a game of Cards Against Humanity?) Ultimately, I'd like somebody to
introduce me to things I might not otherwise have considered--both
activities and ideas. So yeah, looking for dating that will lead to
a relationship eventually.
I am originally from Florida. But I also lived in Texas for 2 years
(kindergarten), Utah for 5 (college), and Oregon for 2.
Random things about me:
--Netflix occasionally recommends for me what must be a very
esoteric category: Cerebral Foreign Films featuring a Strong Female
--I cannot stress enough how much of an impact Joss Whedon and Ira
Glass have had on who I am as a human being.
--While I study and love theatre, I never took theatre in high
school, only minored in it in college, and have only ever acted in
two shows my whole life.
--It doesn't matter how many times I watch Edward Scissorhands or
Big Fish, Danny Elfman's scores get me every time.
--I'm working as a bartender, but I never drink.
--I lived in London for 6 weeks in 2010. I was the TA for a Theatre
--I love Ringo's songs. Seriously, listen to "Don't Pass Me By"
from the White Album. It's so much fun!
--I was a really fat kid ... and proud of it.
--Speaking of which, I really enjoy using self-deprecating humor.
I'm a nerd and I know/own it. I like laughing at myself and using
it to put others at ease. But I don't do it to the point that it's
annoying or pathetic. It's a fine line.
--There are few things that make me as happy as teaching.
ENFJ for those that care.
What I’m doing with my life
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I am working on getting a PhD in theatre history. So I spend a lot
of time reading for classes I'm taking. I research intersections
between religion and theatre. I used to study Hell Houses--haunted
houses put on by Evangelical Christians; but right now I'm focusing
on huge pageants that communities, churches, and historical
societies put on in the early 20th century. I like them because it
astounds me that there was a time when you could get 300 people or
more to participate as actors in something theatre related. But
yes, that is how I spend my nerdy research time. I also teach a
class for freshman and sophomore theatre majors.
I want to teach at a university or college level when I am done in
3 or 4 years. But I also realize that the job market for theatre
history teachers in college is not stellar, so I am keeping my eyes
open to other opportunities like university administration or
teaching in private high schools.
I’m really good at
Go on, brag a little (or a lot). We won’t judge.
Following a recipe: I cook to unwind and I can make some fantastic
Writing: on top of academic stuff, I like to stretch my creative
writing muscles by contributing non-fiction essays to a blog I run
with friends from college.
Making people laugh: sometimes it might be more at me, than with
me; but that'll do.
The first things people usually notice about me
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Smile -- I have a wide grin
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Help your potential matches find common interests.
Angels in America by Tony Kushner
Arcadia by Tom Stoppard
Fefu and Her Friends by Maria Irene Fornes
Wit by Margaret Edson
Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams
The Book of Mormon by Matt Stone, Trey Parker, and Robert
This American Life
Pop Culture Happy Hour
Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me
Welcome to Nightvale
Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, and Firefly
Wonderfalls and Pushing Daises
Daria, Avatar: The Last Airbender, and Gargoyles
I Love Lucy
30 Rock, Parks and Recreation, and Community
Star Trek: The Next Generation
Breaking Bad and Mad Men
Friday Night Lights
Assassination Vacation by Sarah Vowell
The Partly Cloudy Patriot by Sarah Vowell
The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers
As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri
The Feminine Mystique by Betty Friedan
Edward Scissorhands and Big Fish
The Fountain, The Wreslter, and Black Swan
Kill Bill, Volumes 1 and 2
The First Wives Club
Silence of the Lambs, Contact, and Little Man Tate
Delicatessen and Amelie
Hero, Raise the Red Lantern, and Riding Alone for Thousands of
All About Eve
Minimalism and Post Rock: Philip Glass, Michael Nyman, Arvo Part,
Sigur Ros, Clint Mansell and Kronos Quartet
Bands and Artists: Smashing Pumpkins, Garbage, Florence + the
Machine, Tegan and Sara, the Beatles, Fiona Apple, Alanis
Morissette, Melissa Etheridge, Judy Collins, Bob Dylan
Also a big fan of Motown
And while I'm not a fan of country, I am addicted to what I hear on
Nashville and am pretty convinced that Dolly Parton is a genius.
I'm also slightly obsessed with Johnny and June Carter Cash
Eggplant Parmesan is my favorite meal to make
I don't know what I'd do without tomatoes and spinach
I enjoy Ethopian and Italian food. I live for Thai restaurants.
The six things I could never do without
Think outside the box. Sometimes the little things can say a lot.
Theatre (notice a trend?)
Indoor Plumbing (I like camping but I'm gonna need a shower
Engaging intellectual conversations
Roommates (I've learned I do not like living alone)
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Global warming, lunch, or your next vacation… it’s all fair game.
What I research: religion, spirituality, history, issues of gender
and sexuality, performance
What I teach: how my students are doing and effective strategies of
What I will do if I don't end up teaching: I'm open to suggestions
On a typical Friday night I am
Netflix and takeout, or getting your party on — how do you let loose?
1) At a theatre in DC,
2) At home cooking and watching TV with my roommates, OR
3) Working at the office on homework or grading
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
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I have a tendency to snort when I laugh really hard. Also my
sneezes sound like weird coughs, are often loud, and usually invite
people to say (quite inquisitively), "Bless you?"
I just got my drivers license: January 2014
You should message me if
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1) you want to see a show with somebody (date or just a theatre
2) you eventually want to go do something. I have so many student
and work emails to answer; the idea of spending even more time
corresponding just over the Internet rather than meeting in person
is not very appealing to me (again for friends or dates)
3) you are slightly patient since it usually takes me 4 days to a
week to check/respond to messages
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