David White

Associate Professor, Coordinator of Theatre Studies Track

David White

Contact Information

Center for the Arts
Room 3028
By Appointment


Ph.D., Theatre, University of Missouri

Areas of Expertise

Theatre Studies


David M. White teaches Script Analysis, Playwriting, Senior Thesis, and Text Construction as an Associate Professor at Towson University; he also oversees the Towson Theatre Lab, an on campus home for reading and responding to new works in the Towson Department of Theatre Arts.

David is a founding member of Generous Company and has been Artistic Director of WordBRIDGEPlaywrights Laboratory since 2007, nurturing over 30 new plays by emerging playwrights from around the United States with a company of 60+ multidisciplinary artists.

He has worked extensively with new Russian drama as well, translating (with Yury Urnov) two plays:  Yury Klavdiev’s MARTIAL ARTS and Pavel Pryzhko’s PANTIES.  David also commissioned and directed the U.S. premiere of John Freedman’s translation of Klavdiev’s I AM THE MACHINE GUNNER, garnering two Best of 2010 mentions from the San Diego press.

David has attended and presented his scholarship at international conferences and festivals including over a dozen regional conferences of the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, Lyubimovka Playwrights Festival (Moscow, Russia), and New York University’s New Works Festival.

David’s plays have been produced in theatres around the country and he has completed three commissions all of which resulted in production: ALICE IN WONDERLAND (2007), ARITHMETIC INSURRECTION (2009), and MARTIAL ARTS (2009). Most recently he worked with a team of students from Joplin, Missouri to create LEAVES OF HOPE a play documenting Joplin’s recovery after the May 2011 tornado that was presented in Joplin in May 2012.

David holds his B.A. from New College in Sarasota, Florida; his M.A. from the University of Missouri-Kansas City; and his Ph.D. from the University of Missouri-Columbia. His dissertation DEVELOPING PLAYWRIGHT(S) focused on the process of developing new works for the stage.