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David Copelin

David Copelin’s dark comedy Bella Donna won the New Play Award at the 2005 Toronto Fringe Festival. His translation of Alfred Jarry's Ubu Roi has been widely produced, most notably at the Shaw Festival and Yale Repertory Theatre. David’s other original plays include The Angel Capone, A Clean Breast, A Skeleton for SusanHitler Goes to Heaven, Mind Over MatterQuite ContraryTrojans for Tots, and Wife Insurance. As a dramaturg, David has worked at the Mark Taper Forum, New Dramatists, Arena Stage, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and freelance. David is a graduate of Columbia University and the Yale School of Drama, and an active member of the Playwrights Guild of Canada, the Dramatists Guild of America, and Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas. He currently lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, and is represented by Michael Petrasek at Kensington Literary.

Appropriating Cultures for Fun and Profit
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Appropriating Cultures for Fun and Profit

13 March 2016

Playwright David Copelin explores the idea of cultural appropriation versus misappropriation, and asks if playwrights should limit themselves in terms of what kind of characters they write.

The Privilege of Privilege
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The Privilege of Privilege

1 February 2015

David Copelin, self-identified member of the “cottontop demographic,” considers how his privilege might affect his artistic choices and his responsibility to that privilege.

A portrait of David Copelin.
Rhetoric Random
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Rhetoric Random

25 January 2013

David Copelin writes about being a dramaturg and a playwright, and the frustrations and gifts of self-critique.

On Teaching Dramaturgy
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On Teaching Dramaturgy

20 August 2012

What does it means to teach dramaturgy, and how do the pratical and theoretical intersect to inform this oft-misunderstood practice?