Jo Harvey Allen is an actress, playwright, poet, and pioneer of women in radio.
Her critically acclaimed plays have toured throughout the United States and Europe. She has written and starred in several off-Broadway productions. She is also the author of Cheek to Cheek (1983), a collection of poems, and Homerun (2012). Jo Harvey Allen is married to artist, singer, songwriter, and Walk of Fame inductee Terry Allen. She has starred in his radio and musical theater pieces. Her art has been exhibited internationally. Jo Harvey has appeared in numerous films, including co-starring roles in David Byrne’s cult classic True Stories (1986), Fried Green Tomatoes (1991), and The Client (1994). Her most recent films include an appearance in The Homesman (2014) and her starring role as “Mama” in Rosalyn Rosen’s award-winning independent film The Other Kind. She has been the recipient of Art Matters and NEA fellowships.
Jo Harvey Allen was inducted into the West Texas Walk of Fame in 2015.