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David Esbjornson
(he/him/his)
Professor
Theater
Biography

David Esbjornson (He/Him) served as Artistic Director of NYC’s CSC (1992-97), Seattle Repertory Theatre 2005-8, producing and directing eleven seasons of new plays, classics and special events. David acted as Chair of the MGSA Theatre, where he created the current 3.5 program.

World Premieres: “The Glass Menagerie” (Shanghai), Uhry’s “Driving Miss Daisy” (Broadway, London, Australia), Edward Albee’s “The Goat or Who is Sylvia?” (Broadway) and the “Play About the Baby”, Arthur Miller’s “The Ride Down Mt. Morgan” (Broadway) and “Resurrection Blues”, Tony Kushner’s “Angels in America: Millennium Approaches”, the first presentation of “Perestroika” and “Homebody/Kabul” (London), “The Great Gatsby” (Guthrie Inaugural Production), Christopher Hampton’s “Appomattox”,“In the Blood” by Suzan-Lori Parks, Neil Simon’s “Rose and Walsh”, Ariel Dorfman’s “Purgatorio”, Moira Buffini’s“Gabriel”, Jeffrey Hatcher’s “Tuesday’s With Morrie” and “The Confederacy of Dunces”, Peter Parnell’s “Trumpery”, “Molly Ivins: Red Hot Patriot” and “ Erma Bombeck-At Wits End.

Revivals include: “Lady From Dubuque” (NY Signature Inaugural Production) “Death of a Salesman” (The Gate, Dublin) ““Measure for Measure” and “Much Ado About Nothing” (Central Park), “A Few Good Men” (London),“The Normal Heart” (Public).Hamlet”, (TFANA), Our Town” (George Street).

Awards include: OBIE’s for Outstanding Direction—“Hamlet” and “Therese Raquin”, What’s On Stage Award (London)–“Driving Miss Daisy”, Lucille Lortel Awards–“Entertaining Mr. Sloane” and Classic Stage Company “Body of Work”, “Lady From Dubuque” nomination Best Revival, Drama Desk nominations–“Endgame”, “Iphigenia and Other Daughters” and “Lady From Dubuque”, 2015 IRNE Award Best Director, “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner”, nominations for “All My Sons”, Drama League nominations–“The Entertainer” and “Play About the Baby”, LA Critics Award–“Equivocation”, Cab Calloway nomination for “The Normal Heart”, Friends of NY Theatre “Best Director”–“The Ride Down Mt. Morgan”, Seven Bay Area Critics Awards–“Angels in America”, Seven CT Critics Awards–“Dealers Choice”, TCG Directing Fellowship, NYTW–New Director’s Project, ”Farmyard”, Quinn Martin Honorary Chair-UCSD, Distinguished Alumni-Gustavus Adolphus College.