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.



  • The Theater of Our Understanding and Enlargement
    David Dower, the Co- Artistic Director of ArtsEmerson, on the differnece between Art and Entertainment, and the nessisity to create work that includes both.
  • The Dream of a Center for the Theater Commons at Emerson College
    P. Carl and David Dower outline thier plan for what HowlRound will look and function like moving forward.
  • It Must Have Been Easier for Joe Papp
    David Dower, the Co- Artistic Director of ArtsEmerson, wrestles with the role of being a producer for a new play.
  • I, Dramaturg
    David Dower, the Co- Artistic Director of ArtsEmerson, responds to P. Carl's article about finding one's creative voice in theater with charting how he, Dower, became the "creative" person he is, and how that lead him to dramatugy.


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