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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.

Friday Phone Call # 55
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Friday Phone Call # 55

Deborah Stein and Suli Holum

4 April 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. 

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Friday Phone Call # 54

Deborah Cullinan of Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

28 March 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: Deborah Cullinan, Executive Director of Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco.

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Friday Phone Call # 53

ArtsEmerson's Creative Producers

21 March 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: ArtsEmerson's Creative Producers.

Interview with David Dower
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Interview with David Dower

17 March 2014

In this installation, Alan Dupont interviews David Dower about his work with ArtsEmerson. 

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Friday Phone Call # 52

Matthew Glassman & Amrita Ramanan of Double Edge Theatre

14 March 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: Matthew Glassman and Amrita Ramanan of Double Edge Theatre, located in Ashfield, Massachusetts.

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Friday Phone Call # 51

Lana Lesley & Kirk Lynn of Rude Mechanicals

7 March 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: Lana Lesley and Kirk Lynn of Austin's Rude Mechanicals.

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Friday Phone Call # 50

Annie-B & Paul Lazar of Big Dance Theater

21 February 2014

My guests are Annie-B Parson and Paul Lazar, the team behind Big Dance Theater, New York. I was interested in hearing them talk about the ideas underpinning their decades of collaboration and how they have maintained a space for themselves in these times and in the blurry, hybrid world their work inhabits. Listen to audio podcasts hosted by David Dower as he interviews theater artists from around the country to highlight #newplay bright spots. Subscribe in Apple iTunes or via RSS Feed.

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Practical Applications of the Culture Coin
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Practical Applications of the Culture Coin

28 May 2013

David Dower examines the Culture Coin, and provides a sneak peek into a world where this new currency replaces cash in the theater industry.

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Culture Coin—Watch, Share, Vote Daily!

23 May 2013

HowlRound presents a video on Culture Coin, a peer-to-peer digital currence and resource sharing economy for all

Modeling a Theatre Commons
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Modeling a Theatre Commons

14 February 2013

P. Carl, David Dower, Jamie Gahlon, and Vijay Mathew define their visions of HowlRound as a not-for-profit theatre commons.

Playwright Residencies
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Playwright Residencies

Success on Whose Terms?

10 January 2013

David Dower traces the landscape for playwright residencies in the American theatre, advocating the need for redefining what success looks like in these programs.

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Friday Phone Call # 49

Robert Orchard, Executive Director of ArtsEmerson

25 October 2012

Listen to weekly podcasts hosted by David Dower as he interviews theater artists from around the country to highlight #newplay bright spots. This week: Robert Orchard, Executive Director of ArtsEmerson.

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Friday Phone Call # 48

Quita Sullivan of the National Theater Project, New England Foundation for the Arts

19 October 2012

Listen to weekly podcasts hosted by David Dower as he interviews theater artists from around the country to highlight #newplay bright spots. This week: Quita Sullivan of the National Theater Project, New England Foundation for the Arts.

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Friday Phone Call # 47

Jocelyn Prince, Connectivity Director at Woolly Mammoth

12 October 2012

Listen to weekly podcasts hosted by David Dower as he interviews theatre artists from around the country to highlight #newplay bright spots. This week: Jocelyn Prince, Connectivity Director at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company in DC.

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Friday Phone Call # 46

Noah Siegler, Artistic Director of StageNorth in Washburn, Wisconsin

5 October 2012

Listen to weekly podcasts hosted by David Dower as he interviews theatre artists from around the country to highlight #newplay bright spots. This week: Noah Seigler, Artistic Director of StageNorth.

Portrait of David Dower.
The Theater of Our Understanding and Enlargement
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The Theater of Our Understanding and Enlargement

17 September 2012

David Dower, the Co- Artistic Director of ArtsEmerson, on the differnece between Art and Entertainment, and the nessisity to create work that includes both. 

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Friday Phone Call # 45

Jeni Mahoney of Seven Devils Playwrights Conference in McCall, Idaho

14 September 2012

Listen to weekly podcasts hosted by David Dower as he interviews theater artists from around the country to highlight #newplay bright spots. This week: Jeni Mahoney of Seven Devils Playwrights Conference.

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Friday Phone Call # 44

Julianne Brienza of Capital Fringe

30 August 2012

Listen to weekly podcasts hosted by David Dower as he interviews theater artists from around the country to highlight #newplay bright spots. This week: Julianne Brienza of Capital Fringe.

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Friday Phone Call # 43

Trey Lyford & Geoff Sobelle of rainpan 43

24 August 2012

Listen to weekly podcasts hosted by David Dower as he interviews theater artists from around the country to highlight #newplay bright spots. This week: Geoff Sobelle and Trey Lyford of rainpan 43.

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Friday Phone Call # 42

Richard Newman of The Hinterlands Ensemble, Detroit

16 August 2012

Listen to weekly podcasts hosted by David Dower as he interviews theater artists from around the country to highlight #newplay bright spots. This week: Richard Newman, co-director of The Hinterland Ensemble.

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Friday Phone Call # 41

Paula Kerger of PBS

10 August 2012

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

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Friday Phone Call # 40

Linda Essig of Arizona State University

3 August 2012

Listen to weekly podcasts hosted by David Dower as he interviews theater artists from around the country to highlight #newplay bright spots. This week: Linda Essig of Arizona State University.

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Friday Phone Call # 39

Diane Rodriguez of Center Theatre Group LA

27 July 2012

Listen to weekly podcasts hosted by David Dower as he interviews theatre artists from around the country to highlight #newplay bright spots. This week: Diane Rodriguez of Center Theater Group.

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Friday Phone Call # 38

Leah Wilks of Leah Wilks Dance

20 July 2012

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

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Friday Phone Call # 37

Ed Sobel of the Arden Theatre Company

12 July 2012

Listen to weekly podcasts hosted by David Dower as he interviews theatre artists from around the country to highlight #newplay bright spots. This week: Ed Sobel of the Arden Theatre Company.