Producing Director of Arts & Learning
One of LiveConnections’ co-founders, David brings decades of experience as a producer, theater director, writer and arts educator to his work with the organization. Throughout his career he has specialized in boundary-crossing artistic collaborations which frequently explore civic and community themes. David has been part of the leadership of LiveConnections since it began and heads up all educational programming. He’s been a producer on all of LiveConnections’ collaborative albums with Philadelphia schools. In his work outside LiveConnections, he’s a long-time member of the resident ensemble at People’s Light, where his more than 30 productions as director include The Diary of Anne Frank, Row After Row, Of Mice And Men, The Crucible, A View from The Bridge, Young Lady from Rwanda, Doubt and The Giver. He’s the director of A Fierce Kind of Love by Suli Holum, commissioned by Temple University’s Institute on Disabilities. The play tells the story of Pennsylvania’s intellectual disabilities rights movement, had a sold-out run in Philadelphia and continues to be presented. He was playwright and director of Voices of Voting, commissioned by the Committee of Seventy as part of events surrounding the 2016 Democratic National Convention. He’s Artistic Director of Living News, which since 2006 has dramatized Constitutional issues at the National Constitution Center, where he also directed the exhibition/theater hybrid Fighting for Democracy. For Philadelphia Young Playwrights, he directed The Lost Hour at the Kimmel Center for the 2013 Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts. David has been a participating artist with Outside the Wire, which creates theater projects addressing public health and social issues, and has led and facilitated projects for them at conferences, military bases and V.A.’s across the country and in the Middle East. David is a recipient of the Brighter Futures Historical Award from Philadelphia’s Intellectual Disability Services for his work with LiveConnections and A Fierce Kind of Love. He teaches at Arcadia University and is a graduate of Yale University.