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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 # 13
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Friday Phone Call # 13

Fran Kumin

9 March 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: Fran Kumin of the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.

Friday Phone Call # 10
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Friday Phone Call # 10

Wendy Goldberg of the O'Neill

2 March 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: Wendy Goldberg of the O'Neill.

Friday Phone Call # 12
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Friday Phone Call # 12

Ellen McLaughlin

2 March 2012

On this week's episode of Friday Phone Call, David talks to playwright and actor Ellen McLaughlin.

Friday Phone Call # 11
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Friday Phone Call # 11

Katori Hall

2 March 2012

Katori Hall and David Dower talk about what’s next for The Mountain Top, the power of residencies, the dance with Hollywood, and the need for a new alarm clock on this week's edition of Friday Phone Call.

Friday Phone Call # 9
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Friday Phone Call # 9

Morgan Jenness

24 February 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: Morgan Jenness.

Friday Phone Call # 8
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Friday Phone Call # 8

Philip Bither of The Walker

17 February 2012

David Dower talks with Philip Bither of The Walker in this week's Friday Phone Call.

Friday Phone Call # 7
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Friday Phone Call # 7

Moisés Kaufman of Tectonic Theater Project

10 February 2012

On this week's edition of Friday Phone Call, David Dower talks to Moisés Kaufman of Tectonic Theater Project about challenging assumptions about theater, how it works, and the artists who make it.

Friday Phone Call # 6
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Friday Phone Call # 6

David Loehr of #2amt

3 February 2012

Join us for this week's Friday Phone Call, where David Dower chats with David Loehr about #2amt and the enormous impact it has had on both of their lives.

Friday Phone Call # 5 with Rebecca Noon of Strange Attractor
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Friday Phone Call # 5 with Rebecca Noon of Strange Attractor

27 January 2012

This week's Friday Phone Call features David Dower in conversation with Strange Attractor's Rebecca Noon.

Friday Phone Call # 1
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Friday Phone Call # 1

Melanie Joseph of Foundry Theatre

20 January 2012

Introducing Friday Phone Call, where David Dower calls up some of the most interesting and influential voices in theater today. This week, David talks to Melanie Joseph of Foundry Theatre.

Friday Phone Call # 4
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Friday Phone Call # 4

Taylor Mac

20 January 2012

David Dower talks to performance artist, playwright, and composer Taylor Mac on this week's edition of Friday Phone Call.

Friday Phone Call # 3
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Friday Phone Call # 3

Lydia Diamond of Steppenwolf

20 January 2012

On this week's edition of Friday Phone Call, David Dower talks to playwright Lydia Diamond about her work, the conversation around race in the American theater, and Stickfly.

Friday Phone Call # 2
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Friday Phone Call # 2

Peter Sinn Nachtrieb of Z Space

20 January 2012
It Must Have Been Easier for Joe Papp
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It Must Have Been Easier for Joe Papp

12 September 2011

David Dower, the Co- Artistic Director of ArtsEmerson, wrestles with the role of being a producer for a new play. 

I, Dramaturg
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I, Dramaturg

26 May 2011

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. 

Interview with David Dower
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Interview with David Dower

13 February 2011

In this final installment of the series From Scarcity to Abundance: Capturing the Moment for the New Work Sector, P. Carl interviews David Dower on the results of the convening, and his assertion that new plays are in a state of abundance, not scarcity. 

The Changeover
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The Changeover

Leadership in Transition

The US and Canada are in the middle of an unprecedented turnover of artistic leadership in the nonprofit theatre. This series aims to put a range of voices, issues, and ideas in play that can inform and reflect this historic changeover. 

Conversation Starters
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Conversation Starters

A list of some great comment sections for HowlRound articles.

ArtsEmerson
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ArtsEmerson

A series of articles on the history, ethos, and goals of ArtsEmerson.