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College of Fine Arts Research Profiles

David Young
School of Theater + Dance

Graduate Research Professor
T: 273-0505

College of Fine Arts
University of Florida
P.O. Box 115900
Gainesville, Fl 32611-5900

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Research Interests:

Directing, Teaching

Research Summary:

The major focus of my research and scholarship has been on the characteristics and pathways needed to teach actors to become directors.


PhD in Philosophy of Theatre and BA in Acting from Columbia Pacific University
Dramatic Workshop, New School, NYC, Erwin Piscator, Director

Key Professional Appointments:

John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Producing Director, 1975 – 1993
Mark Twain Masquers, Hartford, CT, Artistic Director, 1986 – 1993
Guest Lecturer, American Association of State Colleges and Universities
Judge for the National Society of Arts and Letters Award
Co-Founder of the Helen Hayes Awards, Washington, D.C.
Artistic Director of the Presidential Scholars, Washington, D.C.


At the University of Florida:
Crumbs from the Table of Joy, Director, 2007
How I Learned to Drive, Director, 2009
The Clean House, Director, 2009
Hippodrome State Theatre, Director of two new plays in the Senior Playwrights Festival, 2008 & 2009

Selected Works:

How to Direct a Musical: Broadway Your Way, published by Routledge Books
Audience Development and Services, published by Penn State University Press


McDonald’s Corporation – a grant to improve the quality and encourage more minorities to be a part of the Kennedy Center’s Loraine Hansberry Playwriting Award.
Amoco Oil Company – a large grant to support ACTF outreach program to smaller colleges and universities.
Ryder Trucks – a grant to help small colleges and universities to get to the regional festivals across the country.


Elected to be a member of the College of Fellows of the American Theatre
Elected Treasurer of the new Kennedy Center National Partners Alumni Committee
American Association of Community Theatre’s Patron’s Award American Association of Community Theatre’s Distinguished Merit Award
ATHE Award for Appreciation of Contributions to Theatre in Higher Education


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