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David Lee White is a playwright/performer/educator based in New Jersey. David is a lifelong devotee of using the arts to build and celebrate community through his years of training as a playwright and comedian. His collaborative work with theatres and educational institutions includes farce, musicals and verbatim theatre, all created in concert with local artists, young people and community members. His work with Kate Brennan on The Infinity Trilogy, a series of YA musicals, was the recipient of a MAP Fund award. The first musical in the series, ALiEN8, is now available through YouthPlays. David was also in the inaugural group of playwrights to receive commissions from the New Jersey Performing Arts Centers’ Stage Exchange Program. The result was FIXED – a play about navigating the mental healthcare system. His mental health awareness work continued with PANTHER HOLLOW, his solo show about his battle with clinical depression in his youth.
For 14 years, David was the Associate Artistic Director at Passage Theatre in Trenton, NJ which specialized in community-based work and developing new works by noteworthy, contemporary playwrights. While there, he workshopped and produced the farces BLOOD: A COMEDY and SLIPPERY AS SIN, as well as the oral-history works TRENTON LIGHTS and PROFILES, co-created with Artistic Director June Ballinger.
David continues his comedic work at Vivid Stage as a member of their comedy troupe “The Flip Side.” Vivid Stage recently produced an audio production of his play WAYS TO HAPPY. David also teaches Advanced Improvisation, Theatre History and Dramatic Analysis at Drexel University, where he co-created the web-series ESSENTIAL with director Bill Fennelly.
2022 will see a production of THE ANGRY GRAMMARIAN, a musical co-created with Jeffrey Barg, a developmental reading of his play ROCKET SEX MAGIC at Bristol-Riverside Theatre, and the OK TRENTON PROJECT at Passage Theatre. 2023 will mark the premiere of CLEAN SLATE, his second musical with Kate Brennan.
Download my resume here – DLW Playwright Resume.