David will be attending Directors Lab West. He is excited to have been invited to participate in a space that is "part conference, part workshop, part focused discussion, all theatre, and all fun!"
David returns to Vanderbilt University as a Fred Coe Artist-in-Residence to direct the world premiere of Diana Grisanti's Bowling for Beginners. A theatrical exploration of a world inhabited by championship female athletes in a sport with few spectators, Bowling for Beginners is a play about Vanderbilt athletics, specifically created by Vanderbilt faculty and students.
The tentpole production in Pipeline-Collective's "Epic Summer" will be the Nashville premiere of Keith Bunin's The World Over. David is eager to direct this fun, fantastical play, featuring pirates, puppets, and a personal journey to discover what it means to be a hero.
David is thrilled to announce that in 2019 he will direct George Orwell's 1984 for Indianapolis' Monument Theatre Company, in a new adaptation by Gene Sullivan.
David is proud to serve as an educator for accelerated students via Vanderbilt University's Programs for Talented Youth. In 2019 he will offer 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.”
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David was honored to join the Theatre & Dance Area at Tennessee State University as a full-time faculty member for the 2018-2019 academic calendar. At TSU David teaches theatre and communications courses, leads master workshops, and directs for the Theatre & Dance Area's production season.
Learn about The Salon, a twice-monthly gathering of playwrights, directors, and actors, curated by Pipeline-Collective’s David Ian Lee and Karen Sternberg. The Salon combines Studio Tenn's mission to support the development of new work with Pipeline-Collective’s mission to empower theatremakers to tell their stories.
David's life in the theatre began when he played a bunny rabbit in his third-grade talent show. Over a career that spans more than two decades, David has worked as a director, playwright, actor, dancer, choreographer, educator, critic, producer, and coach.
David recently presented at the 40th Annual Mid-America Theatre Conference in Cleveland, Ohio. He was thrilled to return to MATC, presenting in the Practice/Production Symposium his paper titled “Invention That Hurts and Is Desired: Absorbing a Critical Response to Antony & Cleopatra at Nashville Shakespeare”