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David Chapman

David F. Chapman is a director, writer and teaching artist. Recent directing includes Anna Moench's The Pillow Book (Firework / 59E59), Philip Dawkins' Failure: A Love Story (Lark Playwrights' Week), Bekah Brunstetter's Hey Brother (Playwrights Realm Ink'd Series), Jesse Alick's No Poem No Song (Subjective Theatre / Kraine), and Jonathan Karpinos's Stay With Us (NYU Grad Free Play). David's solo play Raoul Wallenberg: Letters from Young Men was commissioned by the Swedish American Museum in Chicago, where it premiered. His other solo work has been seen in Edinburgh, Montreal, London, and Budapest. David has received a Luce Scholarship to Vietnam, a Fulbright to Hungary, and the Drama League and Jonathan Alper Fellowships. He is a member of the Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab, OV/NV, Civilians R&D Group, DirectorsLabChicago, and Studio 42. He teaches at Northwestern's National High School Institute (Cherubs) and directs Core Company, the Orchard Project's apprentice program.

Havel, Powerlessness, and Us
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Havel, Powerlessness, and Us

An appreciation

19 March 2012

David Chapman draws attention to the ways we can continue to learn and be inspired  from the multi-facted legacy of Václav Havel, first post-Soviet President of Czechoslovakia. 

A woman pins a man onto the floor with her foot while looking out at an audience.
Specialization and Its Discontents
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Specialization and Its Discontents

3 November 2011

Like farmers who rotate crops to ensure that the soil contains a variety of nutrients, if I only direct, then my only perspective will be the director’s perspective.