>> TEACHING: Spring 2018 courses include Fundamentals of Acting and Advanced Acting at Bloomsburg University. Advanced Acting focuses on language, listening and characterization on an advanced level with units on Anton Chekhov, Shakespeare and the professional world of acting. The class will attend The Play That Goes Wrong on Broadway and participate in a talk back with actors in the show.
>> DIRECTING: Directed The Arsonists by Max Frisch (in a translation by Alistair Beaton) for Bloomsburg University in November 2017. Scenic design by Jen Varbalow, lighting design by Cecilia Durbin, costume design by Karen Anselm. Link to additional photos.
››› TEACHING: Awarded tenure and promotion from Assistant Professor to Associate Professor (effective August 2017) at Bloomsburg University where David teaches acting, directing and playwriting.
››› PLAYWRITING: Semi-Permanent was a semi-finalist in Southeastern Louisiana University’s 2017 Inkslinger Playwriting Competition.
>>> PRODUCING/DIRECTING: Voice Recognition, A Virtual Theatre Festival received funding from Bloomsburg University’s Curricular Enhancement Fund sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts. The project featured 6 new 10-minute plays commissioned from professional playwrights. The catch? The plays had to be written using voice recognition software. The results? Entertaining. Student directors and actors staged concert readings of the plays in April 2017 that were live streamed (and still available for viewing) via the BU Players Facebook page.
>>> DIRECTING: David directed Harvey by Mary Chase for Bloomsburg University in March 2017.
>>> PLAYWRITING: Restoration/Conservation was selected to be published in The Paragon Journal, on online journal dedicated to the literary and visual arts. The play is included in the fourth issue of the journal.
>>> PLAYWRITING: Semi-Permanent was included in the Elephant Ears Reading Series with Elephant Room Productions in Philadelphia, PA in September 2016.
››› PLAYWRITING: Developing Mystic in the Savage State for a future developmental workshop with Amphibian Stage Productions in Fort Worth, TX. About the Play: Professor Calkins, a psychologist at Wellesley College, attempts to legitimize synesthesia (particularly pseudo-chromesia which includes “color hearing”) in the eyes and ears of her peers. It’s the 1890s, so her field and the newness of the research, as well as expectations about her gender, stand in her way. › To read about the book that first inspired David’s interest in synesthesia, read on. For an excerpt from the play, read on. To read the full play, contact David.
››› DIRECTING: Neighborhood 3: Requisition of Doom was selected as one of eight invited productions (from the more than 60 participating from NJ, OH, MD, PA and western NY) and performed at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival’s Region 2 Festival in January 2016.
››› DIRECTING: At the 2016 KCACTF’s Region 2 Festival, David directed a concert reading of Seven Minutes in Heaven by Eugenie Carabatsos.
››› PLAYWRITING: The Flames was produced by The Collective as part of C10: Comedy. Performances December 9-13, 2015 at the Paradise Factory in NYC. The production, directed by Richard Masur, featured Kevin Kane and Khan Baykal.
››› DIRECTING: Neighborhood 3: Requisition of Doom by Jennifer Haley performed November 4-8, 2015 at Bloomsburg University. Scenic design by Jen Varbalow (Leaving IKEA), sound design by Heath Hansum (Macbeth), costume design by Sarah Stuble, hair & makeup by Kassie Stachowski, lighting design by Bob Cardana, and properties design by Maggie Korell.
› Video of conceptual approach to the production.
› Photos of the production.
››› DEVISING: David taught a course on Devised and Collaboratively Created Theatre at Bloomsburg University (Theatre 492) during the Spring 2015 semester. The starting point for this collaboratively created performance is maps, mapmakers, and the feeling of being lost. A work-in-progress performance of You are here. (or, A Traveler’s Guide to Traveler’s Guides) was performed in April.