NEW PLAY DEVELOPMENT: The second year of the Plays in Bloom Residency takes place at Bloomsburg University, May 2023. This year’s residency will feature the work of guest professional playwright Bella Poynton. David is the founder and Artistic Director of Plays in Bloom: A New Play Development Program.
DIRECTING/ACTING/NEW PLAY DEVELOPMENT: Participating as an actor and as a director in the Seven Devils New Play Conference in McCall, Idaho, June 2023.
PLAYWRITING/DIRECTING: Six Characters in Search of an Author adapted from Luigi Pirandello and directed by David A. Miller, a co-production between Bloomsburg University Players and the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble at the Alvina Krause Theatre, Bloomsburg, PA. February 23 through March 12, 2023.
> The production is now available to rent via streaming video at https://vimeo.com/ondemand/sixcharacters.
> Learn more about the adaptation and production in a WVIA ArtScene interview with David via SoundCloud or Apple Podcasts.
> To read the adaptation, visit Read a sample from the play on New Play Exchange.”>New Play Exchange.
Scenes from Six Characters in Search of an Author. Scenic Design by Jen Varbalow, Lighting Design by Fred Eubele, Costume Design by Emily Weisgerber, Properties Design by Ethan Krupp, and Sound Design by Quinn Collins.
> More images in the Gallery.
TEACHING: In Spring 2023, David is teaching Fundamentals of Acting for Theatre Majors & Minors, Intermediate Acting, and Voice Over Acting.
TEACHING: In Fall 2022, David is teaching Directing and Advanced Directing, Playwriting and Advanced Playwriting, Career Seminars I & II, and Introduction to Theatre at Bloomsburg University where he is in his 11th year of teaching.
NEW PLAY DEVELOPMENT: David joined the Board of Directors of Seven Devils New Play Foundry, a fantastic organization that has developed more than 250 new plays over the course of more than 25 years of professional, high-quality new play development.
NEW PLAY DEVELOPMENT: David has developed Plays in Bloom, a new play development program for the theatre program at Bloomsburg University. He taught Theatre 492: New Play Development in spring 2022 and the Plays in Bloom Residency launched in May 2022 with The Astronots, a new play by Mora V. Harris, and new works by Bloomsburg University students and alums. Developing the program was the focus of David’s Sabbatical in Fall 2021. | Read more about Plays in Bloom.
TEACHING: In Spring 2022, David is teaching Fundamentals of Acting, Advanced Acting, Playwriting, and New Play Development for the Theatre Program at Bloomsburg University.
PLAYWRITING: A newly revised draft of the full-length play Semi-Permanent was part of the Elephant Room Reading Series (EERS) with Elephant Room Productions in January 2022. This was an exciting return to the Herd; one of the very first drafts of the play was read in the EERS in 2016.
PLAYWRITING: Stage Left Theater produced “As Long as the Window is Closed”, a one-person play, as part of their Masterpiece Monologues: New Works series, directed by Susan Hardie and featuring Nich Morgan. The play first streamed on Facebook and Vimeo on Friday, October 8 alongside a collection of other monologues written by playwrights from around the world, performed by actors from the Spokane, WA region. Marketing image by Jeremy Whittington.
COMEDY PODCAST: Joe Schiappa created a podcast to dissect the movies of Paulie Shore, called Are you Shore? The podcast, which launched July 6, includes a “bonus” episode exploring the role of the fool in theatre and film with David as guest. > Listen to the podcast.
ARTISTRY & PARENTING PODCAST: David was a guest on the Art Meet Offspring: A Podcast for Parent Artists hosted by Monica Flory. The podcast is live and begins with the David episode. > Listen on Spotify or Apple Podcasts.
ACTING/NEW PLAY DEVELOPMENT: David played James in BODY + BLOOD by Shannon TL Kearns in the Seven Devils Playwrights Conference 2021. > Read more about the Conference.
PLAYWRITING: Off the Map was selected by Winters Theatre Company, Winters, CA, for the 2021 10-Minute Festival. It ran in podcast form during the festival. > Listen to the play now.
VISUAL ART: David and his son Dawson collaborated on a a new painting, I Would Like to Explore the Empire State Building (When the Sickness is Over). It was on display as part of the exhibit “What I Did in Quarantine” at The Exchange, Bloomsburg, PA. > Read more about it in David’s recent Missive.
DIRECTING / NEW PLAY DEVELOPMENT: David directed a reading of Into the Woods, a new one-act play by Katie Arnold from University of Maryland at College Park, at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) Region 2 Festival 53 in January 2021. During the Festival, David also co-presented a workshop titled “BE COOL: New Play Development Etiquette” with dramaturg Dr. Carrie Winship and playwright Catherine Weingarten.
PLAYWRITING: Theatrical Scenes from Danville, PA was awarded a Project Stream Grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts through the Community Partnerships RC&D Council, Inc. Five short plays premiered on Thursday, December 17 at 7:30pm on YouTube. → To read more about the project.
TEACHING: Fall 2020 courses at Bloomsburg University include Career Seminar courses for incoming and outgoing theatre majors, Playwriting, and Acting for the Camera. > To watch the Acting for the Camera Final Projects (Life in the North Pole: The Untold Stories). Spring 2021 courses include Fundamentals of Acting, Intermediate Acting, and Directing.
DIRECTING: David was the Artistic Director of The Screen Plays for Bloomsburg University this fall and directed Post-Audition by student Brian Bond. → To watch Post-Audition, the first play of Series B. → To watch a conversation between David, playwright Brian Bond, and dramaturg Eliana Tate.
DIRECTING/SCENIC DESIGN: Everybody by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, produced by the BU Players at the Alvina Krause Theatre, Bloomsburg, PA, ran February 26 through March 1, 2020. > More
PLAYWRITING: Remembered: A Play Inspired by Rosemont Cemetery was produced by Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble in October 2019 as part of their 42nd season. Written by David with Dano Madden and students from Bloomsburg University, the play will be performed in the cemetery itself. → To read more about the project.
DIRECTING: Directed Gutenberg! The Musical! by Anthony King & Scott Brown for Amphibian Stage Productions. July 12 to August 18, 2019. This is not the story of Gutenberg. This is the story of Bud and Doug. Gutenberg! The Musical! is going to propel these two into the canon of great American musical writing teams. George and Ira, Rogers and Hammerstein, Bud and Doug. “Move over Hamilton. There’s another important historical figure to sing about he’s not throwing away his shot…or his Printing Press.” – Bud Davenport and Doug Simon