David A. Crespy

David A. Crespy

University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri
Professor of Playwriting, Acting, and Dramatic Literature
MFA, Playwriting, University of Texas at Austin, 1986
Ph.D., City University of New York Graduate Center, 1998

David A. Crespy is professor of playwriting, acting, dramatic literature at the University of Missouri, founded MU's Writing for Performance program and serves its co-director. He is the founding Artistic Director of MU's Missouri Playwrights Workshop, and the president of the Edward Albee Society. David’s plays have been developed and produced at theatres across the US including the Cherry Lane Theatre, River Union Stage, NJ Dramatists, Playwrights Theatre of NJ, Nebraska Repertory Theatre, Primary Stages, The Cherry Lane Theatre, The Playwrights Center, HB Playwrights Foundation, Austin Melodrama, Jewish Repertory Theatre, Stages St. Louis, First Run Theatre (St. Louis), and Creative Theatre Unlimited. His articles have appeared in Theatre History Studies, New England Theatre Journal, Latin American Theatre Review, The Journal of American Drama and Theatre, The Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism, The Dramatist, and Slavic and East European Performance. His books include The Off-Off Broadway Explosion, with a foreword by Edward Albee (Backstage Books, 2003); Richard Barr: The Playwrights’ Producer, with a foreword and afterword by Edward Albee (SIU Press, March 2013). His most recent book is Lanford Wilson: Early Stories, Sketches, and Poems, with afterword by Marshall Mason (University of Missouri Press, 2017).

His Fulbright Scholar project is to compose a trilogy of three stage dramas, tentatively titled Madre de Israel: Three Plays of Salonica, which will focus the experiences of a fictional Jewish family during three periods of Jewish culture in Thessaloniki and Veria: Old Salonica during the period of his grandparents’ youth (from 1850-1917), the events leading to the Holocaust (1917-1943), and a contemporary play about Sephardic Jewish life in Thessaloniki and the descendents today (1943-present). The trilogy will incorporate dreamwork for dramatic writing, exploring non-linear, non-traditional techniques in dramatic structure, his area of expertise. In addition, he will teach a course in dreamwork for dramatic writing, with a focus on Thessaloniki’s heritage of Jewish culture, in a workshop setting at Aristotle University. His goal is to develop a cycle of plays on the Jewish community of Thessaloniki from the 15th Century through contemporary times in order to bring light on Thessaloniki’s rich and diverse history, even as he brings light on an aspect of Jewish culture which is relatively unknown in the US. He is the recipient of the 2011 Gold Medallion for excellence from the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF), and the MU Writing for Performance program, which he founded at the University of Missouri received the 2017 KCACTF Gold Medallion as well.


Scholarships for US and Greek Citizens
Educational Advising / Study in the USA

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