David Grapes II (Co-Creator) is currently a Professor of Theatre and the Director of the School of Theatre Arts and Dance at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley. Here he administers one of the country’s largest undergraduate theatre programs (340 majors) and serves as the Producer for UNC’s 72 year-old professional summer stock company the Little Theatre of the Rockies.
Prior to joining the faculty at UNC, David served for six years as the Producing Artistic Director of the Tennessee Repertory Theatre a LORT C&D regional theatre located in Nashville, TN. There he produced 36 productions including three world premieres, established an “off-Broadway season” of contemporary plays, worked with numerous guest stars, expanded the Rep’s education department, forged new relationships with local academic and cultural institutions, initiated two co-productions with sister theatre Arkansas Rep and was the recipient of 8 “Tennie Awards” for Best Direction. David’s 2001 production of West Side Story featuring the late Kenneth Schermerhorn and the Nashville Symphony was recorded for Naxos International and has received numerous national and inter-national awards for excellence.
An award-winning director, actor and playwright, David has provided administrative, financial, and artistic leadership for a wide variety of theatrical institutions including two professional regional theatres, 3D productions - a commercial bus & truck touring company, two nationally recognized university theatre departments, a variety of summer stock companies, and a number of large professional not-for-profit regional and civic theatres. During his 29-year career in the theatre, David has produced over 800 major productions that span nearly every genre of dramatic literature. His work as a director (150+ productions) has been seen from coast to coast.
David is the creator/co-author (with Todd Olson) of four musical revues; My Way A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra, Christmas My Way A Sinatra Holiday Bash, Moon River Johnny Mercer’s American Songbook, and I Left My Heart A Salute to the Music of Tony Bennett, which have been performed at over 300 theatres world wide. His film noir play Dracula: The Case of the Silver Scream (with Robert Neblett) had its world premiere at TN Rep in 2003.
Born and raised in Parkersburg West Virginia, David is a graduate of the MFA Theatre Program at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He is an active member of the Society of Stage Directors & Choreographers, the Dramatists Guild of America and Actors' Equity Association.
David’s recent guest directorial credits include productions for Denver Theatre Center Attractions, Asolo Theatre, Arkansas Repertory Theatre, Seven Angels Theatre, American Stage Company, Barter Theatre, Flatrock Playhouse, Little Theatre on the Square, Muhlenburg Summer Theatre and Dollywood.
For UNC David’s directorial credits include: Candida, Dracula: The Case of the Silver Scream, Bleacher Bums, Rounding Third, The Tempest, Tuesday’s With Morrie, The Drawer Boy, Titanic The Musical, God's Man in Texas, Bad Dates, and Heartbreak House.
Member, Actor’s Equity Association (AEA)
Member, Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers (SSD&C)
Member, The Dramatists Guild of America (DGA)
Andrew Philip Herron (Arranger) is the composer and co-librettist of the musicals The Top, Bonnie and Clyde, and American Storm; The Great Galveston Hurricane. He wrote incidental music for Mikell Pinkney’s production of Orestes, additional music and lyrics for David Varquez’s adaptation of El Bluebird, and was the music director for the University of Florida’s nationally known Theatre Strike Force troupe, composing for their mainstage show for two years. Mr. Herron’s work has been presented and read at such theatres as The Culture Project at 45 Bleecker, The Village Theatre (Seattle), and Constans Theatre (Florida).