David Dannenfelser

BA Theater

Dannenfelser received a BA in special education from William Paterson University, an MA in educational theater from New York University, and an MFA in directing and playwriting from Sarah Lawrence College. He has been an Assistant Professor of Theatre/Performance at Bloomsburg University and an Assistant Professor of Theatre at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. Dannenfelser has taught theater courses for Wells College, Rutgers, Montclair State University, Oberlin College Theatre Institute, Theatre For a New Audience in New York City, the Mustard Seed Theatre Lab also in New York City, and the Classic School in New Jersey. Dannenfelser has also taught courses in playwriting for The New York Shakespeare Festival’s playwriting program in residence at the Joseph Papp Public Theater and for Playwright’s Theatre of New Jersey. He has also been an adjunct professor at Muhlenberg College and the County College of Morris.

Dannenfelser has directed many plays in academic settings such as Bloomsburg University, Hobart and William Smith Colleges and Wells College. For Inertia Theatre Company he directed Watching and Waiting, and Life During Wartime, for which he received an OOBR award for best revival. As Artistic Director for the Icarus Theatre Ensemble, Dannenfelser produced four consecutive summer festivals and directed many plays. He received a Directing Fellowship from The Pennsylvania Stage Company (LORT), where he directed Patient A and two one-act plays by Eugene O'Neill, Fog and Thirst.

Dannenfelser has written, directed, and produced his plays for professional theaters in NYC including; Here, the Joseph Papp Public Theatre, Expanded Arts, the NYC International FringeFestival, and the John Houseman Studio Theatre.Dannenfelser has had numerous workshops and readings of his one-acts and full-length plays and has recently completed a book of short plays for use in the study of acting, Plays for Actors, which, along with his plays, When Words Fail…, The Medicine Show and The On Being Series have all been published as a part of the new Indie Theatre Collection available on His short play, An Otherwise Empty Room, was published in the Clockhouse Review. Dannenfelser is a member of the Dramatists Guild, Inc. and The Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers.