David Dower

In 2015, David Dower became the Vice President, Emerson College Office of the Arts, Co-Artistic Director of ArtsEmerson, and the Stephen G. Langley Chair of Theatre Management and Production in the Department of Performing Arts at Emerson College. Before this he was the Director of Artistic Programs for ArtsEmerson, since 2012. He is a Co-Founder and Contributing Editor for HowlRound. For ArtsEmerson he has directed Mala, Mr. Joy, Breath & Imagination, Baritones UnBound, and  Maurice Hines’ Tappin’ Through Life. Prior he served as Associate Artistic Director for Arena Stage (Washington, D.C.) where he created the American Voices New Play Institute and NEA New Play Development Program. He was also a Consulting Researcher for the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation (New York) and the Founding Artistic Director of both The Z Space Studio and The Z Collective (San Francisco). His education includes the Graduate Acting Program at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, as well as a BA in Political Science from American University and studies at Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico. He resides in Boston’s neighborhood of Dorchester.

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Essays

  • It Can Happen Here
    David Dower talks with Tony Taccone about his adaptation of It Can’t Happen Here at Berkeley Rep, and what it means for an institution to program a new work that speaks directly to our present moment.
  • Long Arc Relationships: Interview with Daniel Beaty and David Dower
    Adewunmi Oke interviews artist Daniel Beaty and Artistic Director David Dower about their longstanding working relationship.
  • How a Season Comes Together
    ArtsEmerson Artistic Director David Dower shares the process behind programming the company’s 2015/2016 season.
  • The Scarcity Matrix
    ArtsEmerson Artisitic Director David Dower questions the competitive culture of theatre and advocates for a commitment to truth seeking and resource sharing.

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Blognews, trends, insights

  • Friday Phone Call # 71: Michael Rohd
    In today’s Friday Phone Call, David Dower talks to Michael Rohd of Soujourn Theatre and the Center for Performance and Civic Practice.
  • Friday Phone Call # 70: Will Power
    In today’s Friday Phone Call, David Dower talks to playwright Will Power.
  • Friday Phone Call # 69: Liz Lerman
    Today my guest is the inestimable Liz Lerman. Listeners may mostly be familiar with Liz through her Critical Response Process, which is in use around the world as a system for managing the feedback process around new work. We get into her current thinking around this work, first developed when she was making work through her company, Dance Exchange. Liz is now a freelance dance and theater maker and educator and was the originator of an ambitious multi-institutional project commemorating the Civil War—a project still underway.
  • Friday Phone Call # 68: Catalyst gathering at the National Black Theatre
    Listen to weekly podcasts hosted by David Dower as he interviews theater artists from around the country to highlight #newplay bright spots. This week, David talks with three people involved in the Catalyst gathering at the National Black Theatre: Jonathan McCrory, Sade Lithcott, and Deadria Harrington.

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