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David Dower

David is a co-founder of HowlRound, the artistic director of ArtsEmerson, and a Vice President at Emerson College. Priors: Z Collective, Z Space, Arena Stage.

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). He developed and directed five monologues with his friend Josh Kornbluth in 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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A User’s Guide to Leadership Transition in the North American Theatre
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A User’s Guide to Leadership Transition in the North American Theatre

October 14, 2018

David Dower, artistic director of ArtsEmerson, introduces the leadership series with thoughts and advice from his past experiences with major leadership transitions over his thirty-year career. 

Welcome to the New HowlRound
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Welcome to the New HowlRound

October 02, 2018

Today, we are proud to welcome you to a brand new HowlRound website!

Seven Years in
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Seven Years in

HowlRound Theatre Commons Evolves

January 09, 2018

HowlRound staff articulate HowlRound's mission, vision, and values, and discuss how folks can participate in creating the commons. 

It Can Happen Here
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It Can Happen Here

October 05, 2016

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
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Long Arc Relationships

Interview with Daniel Beaty and David Dower

November 06, 2015

Adewunmi Oke interviews artist Daniel Beaty and Artistic Director David Dower about their longstanding working relationship.

How a Season Comes Together
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How a Season Comes Together

August 29, 2015

ArtsEmerson Artistic Director David Dower shares the process behind programming the company’s 2015/2016 season.

Friday Phone Call # 71
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Friday Phone Call # 71

Michael Rohd

January 16, 2015

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
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Friday Phone Call # 70

Will Power

November 14, 2014

In today’s Friday Phone Call, David Dower talks to playwright Will Power.

Friday Phone Call # 69
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Friday Phone Call # 69

Liz Lerman

August 29, 2014

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
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Friday Phone Call # 68

Catalyst gathering at the National Black Theatre

August 01, 2014

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.

Friday Phone Call # 67
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Friday Phone Call # 67

Artistic Director Ed Herendeen of Contemporary American Theater Festival

July 11, 2014

Listen to weekly podcasts hosted by David Dower as he interviews theater artists from around the country to highlight #newplay bright spots. This week: Ed Herendeen, Artistic Director of the Contemporary American Theater Festival in Shepherdstown, West Virginia.

Friday Phone Call # 66
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Friday Phone Call # 66

playwright Tracey Scott Wilson

June 27, 2014

Listen to weekly podcasts hosted by David Dower as he interviews theatre artists from around the country to highlight #newplay bright spots. This week: Tracey Scott Wilson. 

Friday Phone Call # 65
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Friday Phone Call # 65

Marc Kudisch

June 20, 2014

Listen to weekly podcasts hosted by David Dower as he interviews theater artists from around the country to highlight #newplay bright spots. This week: Marc Kudisch.

Friday Phone Call # 64
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Friday Phone Call # 64

Clyde Valentín

June 13, 2014

So my friend Clyde Valentín is my guest today on the Friday Phone Call. I seem to be in a mood around friends in transition. As with Deb Cullinan and Todd London, Clyde recently began a new adventure after a long stretch as the Executive Director of The Hip Hop Theater Festival. He has taken on the job of leading a new initiative at Southern Methodist University in Dallas: The Arts and Urbanism Initiative. Clyde is very much in the conceptual days of this project—he has been in place for just a few months thus far. I love hearing him think out loud about the path at SMU, the path for HHTF and him, and the role of a university in community. Clyde is also a key organizer of the Latino Theater Commons but we will have to get back on the phone another time to get that whole story.

Friday Phone Call # 63
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Friday Phone Call # 63

Richard Montoya of Culture Clash

June 06, 2014

This week on Friday Phone Call, David Dower talks to Richard Montoya, playwright and a co-founder of Culture Clash.

Friday Phone Call # 62
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Friday Phone Call # 62

janera solomon of Kelly Strayhorn Theater, Pittsburgh

May 30, 2014

Listen to weekly podcasts hosted by David Dower as he interviews theater artists from around the country to highlight #newplay bright spots. This week: janera solomon, the Executive Director of the Kelly Strayhorn Theater in Pittsburgh.

Friday Phone Call # 61
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Friday Phone Call # 61

Todd London

May 23, 2014

Listen to weekly podcasts hosted by David Dower as he interviews theatre artists from around the country to highlight #newplay bright spots. This week: Todd London.

Friday Phone Call #60
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Friday Phone Call #60

Gender Identity in Theater—Jess Barbagallo and P. Carl

May 16, 2014

Listen to weekly podcasts hosted by David Dower as he interviews theater artists from around the country to highlight #newplay bright spots. This week's guests: Jess Barbagallo and P. Carl.

Friday Phone Call # 60
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Friday Phone Call # 60

Eric Ting, Associate Artistic Director of Long Wharf Theatre

May 09, 2014

Listen to weekly podcasts hosted by David Dower as he interviews theater artists from around the country to highlight #newplay bright spots. This week: Eric Ting, Associate Artistic Director at the Long Wharf in New Haven, CT.

Friday Phone Call # 59
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Friday Phone Call # 59

Leah Karpel, Marc Pierre, and Michael Anthony Williams

May 03, 2014

So, today is something completely different. I talk with Leah Karpel, Marc Pierre, and Michael Anthony Williams—each of whom was involved in a production of Jackie Sibblies Drury's "We Are Proud to Present a Presentation About The Herero Of Namibia, Formerly Known As Southwest Africa, From The German Sudwestafrika Between The Years 1884-1915."

Friday Phone Call # 58
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Friday Phone Call # 58

600 HIGHWAYMEN's Michael Silverstone and Abigail Browde

April 25, 2014

Listen to weekly podcasts hosted by David Dower as he interviews theater artists from around the country to highlight #newplay bright spots. This week: 600 HIGHWAYMEN.

The Scarcity Matrix
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The Scarcity Matrix

April 23, 2014

ArtsEmerson Artisitic Director David Dower questions the competitive culture of theatre and advocates for a commitment to truth seeking and resource sharing. 

Friday Phone Call # 57
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Friday Phone Call # 57

Olga Garay-English

April 18, 2014

Listen to weekly podcasts hosted by David Dower as he interviews theater artists from around the country to highlight #newplay bright spots. This week: Olga Garay-English.

Friday Phone Call # 56
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Friday Phone Call # 56

The Wilhelm Brothers

April 11, 2014

Listen to weekly podcasts hosted by David Dower as he interviews theater artists from around the country to highlight #newplay bright spots. This week: The Wilhelm Brothers.

Friday Phone Call # 55
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Friday Phone Call # 55

Deborah Stein and Suli Holum

April 04, 2014

Listen to weekly podcasts hosted by David Dower as he interviews theater artists from around the country to highlight #newplay bright spots. This week: Deborah Stein and Suli Holum.