The Doctors

Howard Allen [thedoc (at)] has worked for many years as a professional actor, playwright, director, screenwriter and literary manager/dramaturg -- as well as a reporter, reviewer and editor in his journalistic career.

Latest news: Mr. Allen was a Star Speaker at the L.A. Screenwriters Expo-6 because of his skills at (rated 4 th nationally by Creative Screenwriting magazine) and he just started CoyoteMoon Films, a production company aiming to honor the storyteller by producing great stories.

As a member of Actor's Equity and the Screen Actor's Guild, Mr. Allen has performed in LORT B theatres and in movies directed by Michael Landon and others.

Mr. Allen has

  • won Arizona Press Club awards for Investigative Reporting, Features, and a 1st for Reviewing/Criticism among all papers of any size in the state while at the Tucson Weekly
  • directed Robert Picardo of Star Trek and Broadway fame as Erik Satie in the Chamber Music PLUS production "A Beautiful Deception"
  • won a scholarship to attend the Critics Institute at the prestigious O'Neill Theatre Conference.
  • has benefited from workshops with August Wilson, Eric Overmyer, Horton Foote, Edit Villareal and others.

Mr. Allen has a MFA in Playwriting and Screenwriting and teaches college level courses in Writing for Film and Television, Film Acting, Art Of Cinema, Theatre History and Humanities.

His adaptation of "Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde" was given a professional theatre production in Tucson, Arizona.

Mr. Allen's Credits include:

  • co-writer on the screenplays “Renaissance” (top 10% at Heart of Austin Film Festival) and “Line In the Sand,” which has just been optioned
  • Script Consultant and actor in the 2006 Arizona Western “The Decoy”
  • featured actor in the 2007 film noir “Red 71”

His latest theatre events include:

Mr. Allen has joined with Michael Fenlason to revive his internationally recognized The Unlikely Theater Company in Tucson.


Chris HaughomChris Haughom, has been in the film business for over 25 years. She estimates she’s read and evaluated more than 8,000 scripts in her career!

Chris started out in the biz as Executive Assistant to the President of Filmways Picture, Inc. (formerly AIP), evaluating all the scripts that made it past the Story Department to his office for a final recommendation. She also screened many films for the company for possible pick-up and distribution and made the rounds at the Cannes Film Festival and the American Film Market. She then went on to work in foreign film distribution, reading scripts and screening films for pick up … as well as selling the companies’ films to international distributors (her favorite job). During those years, she also worked for the co-founder and first president of the AFM, Bobby Meyers, head of his own foreign film distribution company.

Over the years, Chris evaluated scripts for AFI, CAA and many production companies, and also wrote many script novelizations.

For the past 16 years, Chris has been a Judge for the Academy’s Nicholl Fellowships, reading over 250 scripts in a 4-month period each year and establishing a pretty amazing track record by selecting 14 winners over those 16 years (there are over 6,000 submissions each year). “I get emotionally involved with my favorite scripts,” Chris says. “Nicholl’s policy is that we cannot know the writers’ names until the competition is over but as soon as I find out one of my favorites has won, I’m on the phone with the writer, hooting and cheering!”

Chris is a writer herself and has had two scripts optioned, works as a freelance script consultant and has taught screenwriting workshops in Los Angeles. “I love nurturing other writers. We all need that.”


Rick SchwartzRick Schwartz, an entertainment professional his entire working life and a member of MPEG (Motion Picture Editor's Guild), is a full-time Senior Story Analyst for DreamWorks Entertainment.

He has contributed to the development of scores of DW's features, among them "American Beauty," "The Terminal" and "A Beautiful Mind."

Previous to his stint at DreamWorks, Rick worked in the same capacity at Steven Spielberg's Ambin Entertainment.

Rick has also worked as an executive at Hometown Films, based at Paramount Pictures. At Hometown, he oversaw the production of two first-run syndicated TV series, "War of the Worlds"" and "Friday the 13th - The Series," for which he wrote multiple episodes. Rick was also involved in the development of numerous feature films at Hometown.

Rick began his entertainment career as an agent trainee at the William Morris Agency and is a member of the Writer's Guild of America.