Interested in playwriting? As either a career or hobby? Or simply interested in all things theatre? Come down to the University City Loop and chat with these visiting playwrights during Tesseract’s current season.
April 5, 2014
David Crespy is an associate professor of playwriting and founder of the Writing for Performance program for the University of Missouri Department of Theatre. He serves as the artistic director of its Missouri Playwrights Workshop and has coordinated its Mizzou New Play Series, Mizzou on Broadway program, and MU Summer Repertory Comedies-in-Concert series. David's plays have been developed and produced at theatres across the US including River Union Stage, NJ Dramatists, Playwrights Theatre of NJ, Nebraska Repertory Theatre, Primary Stages, The Cherry Lane Theatre, The Playwrights Center, HB Playwrights Foundation, Austin Melodrama, Jewish Repertory Theatre, Stages St. Louis, First Run Theatre (St. Louis), Creative Theatre Unlimited.
David is the former Region V National Playwriting Program Chair through the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival, and has served as chair of the Playwriting Program for the Association for Theatre in Higher Education and the Playwrights Symposium of the Mid-America Theatre Conference. His major plays include Men Dancing, The Queens Orphans, Seven Were Hanged, Tekìya, Beshert; Or the Jewish Dating Cycle, Houseblend; Or Coffeecake Tsimmis; Or My Bubby & Zeyde Are From Outer Space!, and most recently, The Sudden Glide. His plays have been finalists in the David Mark Cohen Award, the Playwrights Conference of the O'Neill Theatre Center, and the National Ten-Minute Play Festival of Actors Theatre of Louisville. He is the resident playwright for First Run Theatre, Inc. of St. Louis and has been a featured playwright and Director of the Play Lab for the Great Plains Theatre Conference in Omaha, Nebraska and the Last Frontier Theatre Conference in Valdez, Alaska.
Dr. Crespy is the recipient of the 21st Century Playwrights Festival Award, the 2011 Region V Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Gold Medallion, the 2010 Region V Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Road Warrior Award, the University of Missouri Summer Research Fellowship, Provosts Research Leave, and Excellence in Education Award. His book about New York's off-off Broadway in the 1960s, The Off-Off Broadway Explosion, was published in September 2003 through Back Stage Books (Watson-Guptill Publications), with a foreword by Edward Albee. His articles have appeared in Theatre History Studies, New England Theatre Journal, Latin American Theatre Review, Slavic and East European Performance and www.glbtq.com. His plays and essays may be found in Perfect Ten (Gary Garrison, ed., Heinemann), Playwriting Master Class (Michael Wright, ed., Heineman), Monologues for Men by Men (Gary Garrison, Ed., Heinemann), Angels in American Theatre (Robert Schanke, ed., Southern Illinois University Press), and The Influence of Tennessee Williams (Philip Kolin, Ed., McFarland).