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 directorial credits include productions for Denver Theatre Center Attractions, Muhlenburg Summer Theatre, Arkansas Repertory Theatre, Seven Angels Theatre, Little Theatre of the Rockies 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, and Titanic – The Musical.

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.

David Grapes
Member, Actor’s Equity Association (AEA
Member, Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers (SSD&C)
Member, The Dramatists Guild of America (DGA)



Robert Neblett
Robert Neblett (Playwright) is an award-winning freelance director, dramaturg, and playwright located in Dallas, TX.  Robert is an alumnus of Abilene Christian University in Abilene, Texas, where he earned a BA in English and a BA in Theatre.  As a graduate student, he attended Washington University in St. Louis, where he earned an MA in Dramatic Literature and is currently completing a PhD in Comparative and Dramatic Literature.  He has taught theatre and literature at Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis Community College-Meramec, and SUNY-Oneonta.

Under the artistic direction of David Grapes, he served as Dramaturg and Assistant Director on several productions with the Tennessee Repertory Theatre: Cyrano de Bergerac and Romeo and Juliet in 2000; A Streetcar Named Desire in 2002; The Taming of the Shrew in 2003; and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and The Diary of Anne Frank in 2005.

He is a member of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers, Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas, and The Dramatists Guild of America, and has worked with the Alley Theatre, Edison Theatre, Texas Playwrights Festival, Actors Renaissance Theatre, St. Louis Shakespeare Company, Shakespeare Dallas, and Dallas Hub Theatre.  As Founding Artistic Director of (Mostly) Harmless Theatre in St. Louis , he directed Defying Gravity, Fuddy Meers, Lycanthrophobia, The Final Interrogation of Ceausescu's Dog, Dancing with a Devil, Cyclone of Rage, The Laramie Project, Anton in Show Business, The Lysistrata Project, Jouét: A Rock Musical, and Four Modern Noh Plays.  Other notable productions include The Skriker, the dreamer examines his pillow, and Polaroid Stories.

Other scripts he has created/written/adapted include Dracula: The Case of the Silent Scream (also licensed through Summerwind Productions), Roundabout, A Wrinkle in Time, Alice in Wonderland, and Lysistrata. He has published articles in American Theatr e and New England Theatre Journal.


Robert L. Neblett
Member, Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas (LMDA)
Associate Member, Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers (SSD&C)
Member, The Dramatists Guild of America (DGA)

www.robertneblett.com

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