Plays in Bloom, a new play development program at Bloomsburg University was created and is led by David A. Miller. The program aims to nurture new plays by guest professional artists and by students. In the process, students learn positive practices for new play development they can bring with them into their professional careers. Students have the opportunity to enroll in Theatre 492: New Play Development and the annual Plays in Bloom Residency partners students with professionals. In May 2022 the residency will showcase a new full-length play by Mora V. Harris and short plays by students. playsinbloom.org
In Theatrical Scenes from Danville, PA, playwright David A. Miller created five short plays inspired by the history (recent and distant) and people of Danville, PA. The creation process included research with the Montour County Historical Society and Thomas Beaver Public Library, interviews with residents of Danville, playwriting workshops with Mr. Toczek’s 6th graders at St. Joseph School, a playwright’s writing retreat, and online public performance of staged readings of the original pieces by professional actors and student actors from Bloomsburg University in December 2020. > Read more about Theatrical Scenes.
Secrets from the Cemetery, Bloomsburg, PA. Secrets from the Cemetery was the working title of a new play-in-progress collaboratively created by theatre and creative writing students from Bloomsburg University, working side-by-side with professional, NYC-based guest artists Dano Madden and Carrie Heitman, and David A. Miller, theatre professor, and professional playwright. The primary source of inspiration for the play was Bloomsburg’s Rosemont Cemetery—its physical presence, its history, and the stories of its permanent resident. The project generated a 90-minute theatrical collage produced by the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble (who first proposed the project) and directed Ensemble member Danny Roth. The play was performed by Ensemble members and Bloomsburg University actors in October 2019 as Remembered: Theatrical Stories from the Rosemont Cemetery.
The Voice Recognition Festival, Bloomsburg University, Bloomsburg, PA. Conceived and led by artistic director David A. Miller, this festival was inspired by the unpredictable, often comic, and always absurd ways in which voice recognition alters our words. Six professional playwrights were commissioned to write a brand new 10-minute play. The catch? To translate their play from the page to digital text, they could use only voice recognition software. The plays, complete with the “choices” that voice recognition makes for the playwright, were staged in concert readings by student directors and student actors and streamed live on Facebook. > Read more about Voice Recognition.
Artistic Director, The Artful Conspirators, New York, NY, 2007-2014
Founder of a theater collective dedicated to including the audience in the theatre-making process. Innovative new works include 30 ideas, 3 of them good, in which the audience voted on the 3 best and 1 worst theatrical idea. The winner, Leaving IKEA, became a full production in 2012. Other new works included A Lesson in Art, The Oral Tradition, and the Open Rehearsal Series in which new plays were developed.
Director of Education, Roundabout Theatre Company, New York, NY, 2006-2008
Leader of the $1.1 million program with 6 full-time staff and a roster of 40 professional teaching artists providing New York City schools with the highest quality theater education across all areas of the core curriculum. Collaborated with Roundabout staff to ensure that subscribers, students, and teachers are engaged in the work. As Education Program Manager 2006-07 upgraded communication systems and operating protocols.
Artistic Director, CityKids Repertory Company, New York, NY, 2005-2006
Reinvigorated a company through management of Musical Director, Coordinator & young performers. Helmed the creation of original dramatic pieces, dances & songs and collaborated with guest artists. Cast, rehearsed and executed performances in NYC, PA, CT at Tribeca Film Festival, Grand Central Station, Arthur Ashe Kids Day at US Open, Soho Playhouse, and other high-profile venues.
Associate Artistic Director & Education Associate, Mile Square Theatre, Hoboken, NJ, 2002-2006. Collaborated with Hoboken Historical Museum to create theater workshops for the public and local schools. Devised education materials and facilitated for MST’s Othello. Created running order, coordinated artist communication & sound design for “7th Inning Stretch”. Maintained company website and devised marketing strategies & outreach for the company.
Director of Education Outreach, Seattle Children’s Theatre, Seattle, WA, 1996-2000. Developed & taught workshops and residencies to Pre-K to 12th, college level, teachers, and docents. Mentored a staff of 30 Teaching Artists and program Coordinator, collaborated with more staff of 30+. Reached 18,000 students at 400 sites—public and private schools, art museums, universities, theatres, community centers—in 75 cities, quadrupling in size and scope in a five-year span.