David Kaye is the head of Acting and Directing for the Department of Theatre and Dance at UNH. He primarily focuses on acting, directing, playwriting and "Theatre for Social Justice." David is the faculty advisor for UNH's Mask and Dagger Theatrical Society (since 1996), and is the Co-Director of WildActs (the UNH social issue theatre troupe). Following his term as National Chair of the Association of Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) Acting Division, he was elected to the ATHE governing council. David has also served on the Board of Directors for the New England Theatre Conference. He is a produced and published playwright, and was awarded the Zornio Playwriting Prize in 1998. David's most recent play, AND GOD SAID (!@#?!) was performed at the Montreal International Fringe Theatre Festival, where it was selected as a "top ten pick" by the Montreal Gazette. He has worked throughout the US as a professional actor, director, and designer for such companies as the Texas Shakespeare Festival, the Maine Shakespeare Theatre at Monmouth, the National Theatre of the Performing Arts, Boston Chamber Theatre, and Stages Repertory Theatre in Houston, TX. David has previously worked as Artistic/Producing Director of the Hackmatack Playhouse, the Maine Stage Company, and New York City's Julian Acting Company. He has written, directed and produced films, documentaries, and television programs for broadcast on PBS. His short film, GRACE, received a showing in New York City. David has been author and co-author of several articles on acting and other related topics. His most recent article was published by the British Journal of Psychodrama and Sociodrama. He has made numerous presentations at conferences and workshops both nationally and internationally in subjects ranging from "active Playwrighting" to "new clown" work. Before joining the UNH Faculty in 1996, David was the Director of Theatre at Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia. David is a graduate of the MFA professional theater-training program at Brandeis University.
University Dialgue contribution: Kill the Messenger! Why the Living Arts Reflect the True State of a Democracy