David has been named the Nashville Ambassador to The Dramatists Guild of America, the national trade association of playwrights, composers, lyricists, and librettists. David is proud to serve his community of theatremakers by working with an organization whose purpose is to aid dramatists in protecting both the artistic and economic integrity of their work. 

Learn more about the Guild by clicking here. 

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Pipeline-Collective's flagship new works program The Salon is about to host its 100th session. Facilitated in part by Pipeline Producing Artistic Director David Ian Lee, the program has partnered globally with over 350 actors, writers, and directors in the collaboration of 200 new plays. 

Learn more at pipeline-collective.com/the-salon. 

It's a holiday tradition! David returns as Frank Cross -- the role originated by Bill Murray -- in The Thursday Reader's annual reading of Richard Donner's 1988 holiday classic Scrooged.  The virtual event is presented free of charge.

Learn more by clicking here. "Yule love it!"

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In 2021, Pipeline-Collective partnered with NECAT Network to offer a world-premiere free broadcast theatrical event unlike any other. 

In Claudia Barnett's Outside of Here, one performer experienced one story dozens of times over, posing the question: How do you begin again when every day is the same as the one before?

With a running time of twelve uninterrupted hours, the show was originally broadcast live and without intermission. A complete recording can be found at pipeline-collective.com/outside-of-here. 
 

David served as Co-Director on Rebekah Alexander's avant-garde adaptation of Brecht and Weill's Seven Deadly Sins, a unique combination of German opera, film, and virtual storytelling, streaming through the month of August via the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. 

See the trailer and learn more about the production here.

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Coming soon to a streaming service near you: The Keeper, a short film by Wes Driver and Greg Greene, included as part of the Clubhouse horror anthology Sinphony. David's delighted to appear in this gruesome collection, with a trailer you won't want to watch in the dark...


Learn more -- and experience the trailer -- at Fangoria.com.

David serves as a Producing Artistic Director for Pipeline-Collective, whose innovative new works development and community building program The Salon has just entered its third year -- and its second as an incubator for virtual theatremaking. The Salon is a program unlike any other and welcoming to all. 

Learn more about Pipeline-Collective and The Salon.

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David recently directed "Together," a video featuring dozens of Nashville members of Actors' Equity who miss their audiences. This is a challenging time, but we'll get through it -- and in the same way that we make great theatre: together. 

Click here to view the video.

David directed viral content for Pipeline-Collective as part of the #VoteEarlyTN campaign, a non-partisan initiative designed to encourage Tennesseans to get out and vote early in the fall of 2020.
 

View one Pipeline's contributions to the campaign here. 

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David is proud to serve as an educator for accelerated students via Vanderbilt University's Programs for Talented Youth, offering innovative classes like “Theory, Criticism, and Star Wars” and “The Avengers meet The Hero with a Thousand Faces: Intersections of the MCU and Literary Criticism.”  

Click here for more information.

David is honored to serve Tennessee State University as a full-time faculty member in the TSU Department of Communications and its Theatre & Dance Program. At TSU David teaches theatre and communications courses, leads master workshops, and directs productions within the season. 

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David's early career in the theatre included a four-minute adaptation of Romeo & Juliet and the role of a bunny rabbit in his third grade talent show.  


Click here to learn what David has been up to since.