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My favorite quote, and one that I’ve always identified with, comes from Jonathan Swift, ‘Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others,’ and that’s how I’ve always tried to explain what the creative process is like for me, and I think for many others, as well.'
Before she joined our team, Mary Beth Allen was a devoted high school teacher. Over the course of her 16-year career, she taught AP literature, public speaking, theater, and media production.
She earned a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Indiana University and her master’s degree in education from Indiana University Southeast. Now she’s thrilled to be able to use her diverse skills and experiences as a creative writer for SmartBox/strong>.
Teaching allowed Mary Beth Allen the chance to do what she loves most, which is to explore the art of storytelling in all its forms. Whether through discussing classic literature, directing theater productions, or taking a video from concept to completion, Mary Beth is endlessly fascinated with the human experience, curious about the world around her, and passionate about exploring new ways to tell stories that move us.
Her proudest moment as a teacher and videographer was winning the Own The Night video contest on behalf of the students and faculty of Henryville High School, which brought Lady Antebellum to the KFC Yum! Center for a benefit concert that raised money for the 2012 tornado victims of southern Indiana.
“My favorite quote, and one that I’ve always identified with, comes from Jonathan Swift, which is, ‘Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others,’ and that’s how I’ve always tried to explain what the creative process is like for me, and I think for many others, as well.”
Mary Beth Allen is a task-oriented, intrinsically motivated early riser who enjoys drawing up her to-do list for the day while the rest of the world is still asleep. Think Leslie Knope from “Parks and Rec.” She also enjoys watching documentaries, reading, and spending time with her husband, two kids, and three dogs.