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.


Blognews, trends, insights

  • Friday Phone Call # 2: Peter Sinn Nachtrieb of Z Space
    We’re posting this phone call with Peter as part of the San Francisco city series here at HowlRound. My first memories of Peter actually have him acting at The Z Space in a reading of a play by my fellow Z Collective founder, Brian Thorstenson. Brian was teaching creative writing...
  • Friday Phone Call # 3: Lydia Diamond of Steppenwolf
    On this week's edition of Friday Phone Call, David Dower talks to playwright Lydia Diamond about her work, the conversation around race in the American theater, and Stickfly .
  • Friday Phone Call # 1: Melanie Joseph of Foundry Theatre
    Introducing Friday Phone Call, where David Dower calls up some of the most interesting and influential voices in theater today. This week, David talks to Melanie Joseph of Foundry Theatre.