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David Alpert is a New York City based director (SDC), most recently represented on Broadway as the Associate Director on IF/THEN written by the Pulitzer Prize winning team of Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey, directed by Michael Greif. On Broadway he served as the Associate Director for the Tony-Award winning production of THE TRIP TO BOUNTIFUL (also at the Center Theatre Group in Los Angeles), and assisted on THE BEST MAN as well as GUYS AND DOLLS. At the Guthrie Theater, David assistant directed the world-premiere of Tony Kushner’s THE INTELLIGENT HOMOSEXUAL’S GUIDE... David is the Artistic Director of Headline Programming for BroadwayCon, a convention for thousands of Broadway fans held in New York City (www.broadwaycon.com), and is the proud producer of the "Living for Today" concert series, the main fundraiser for Gilana's Fund (www.gilanasfund.org).
David has had the great pleasure to work with some of Broadway and Hollywood’s leading actors including Angela Lansbury, James Earl Jones, Cicely Tyson, Betty Buckley, LaChanze, John Larroquette, Idina Menzel, Danny Burstein, Jefferson Mays, Vanessa Williams, Elizabeth Ashley, John Stamos, Cuba Gooding Jr., Sarah Paulson, Blair Underwood, and Candice Bergen.
Selected New York credits as Director: THE APPLE BOYS (by Ben Bonnema & Jonothon Lyons, HERE Arts Center, Ars Nova, Dixon Place), A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC (NYU Steinhardt), DEATH NOTE (Music by Frank Wildhorn), A SCYTHE OF TIME (by Alan Harris & Mark Swanson, NYMF, Best Director Nomination), TONYA & NANCY: THE ROCK OPERA (by Elizabeth Searle & Michael Teoli, NYMF), THE MOON AND THE SEA (by Creighton Irons), BARNYARD FOLLIES (by Sam Carner), RAILS (by Tom Kelly & Tom Kenton, NYMF), THE WONDERFUL MR. & MRS. O’LEARY (by Matte O’Brien), JOSEPH...DREAMCOAT, THE FOUR OF US, DO ME A LITTLE (NY International Fringe Festival), EVERYTHING IS FINE (ASCAP/Stephen Schwartz), HERE TODAY (Theatre Row), 8MINUTE MUSICALS (NYMF), COCAINE: THE BAND: THE MUSICAL starring Tony-Award winner Lena Hall (NYMF), concerts at Joe's Pub, Lincoln Center, the Metropolitan Room, Sweet Caroline’s, the Duplex and the Laurie Beechman Theater. David has also served as the creative consultant to Tony Award-winner Idina Menzel (Radio City Concert, Bridges Tour with Josh Groban).
Selected Regional: VANYA & SONIA... (Farmers Alley Theatre), FULLY COMMITTED (Mason Street Warehouse, Wilde Award Winner), BABY WITH THE BATHWATER (Western Michigan University, Guest Artist), IT'S ONLY A PLAY (Farmers Alley Theatre), MISCONCEPTION (Jabez Sanford Hardin Center), URINETOWN, LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, 1776 (Guthrie Theater, directing intern), and Cherry County Playhouse.
As an Associate Director, David has worked on TALLEY’S FOLLY (Roundabout), THE OLD FRIENDS (Signature), FLASHDANCE (National Tour), A WALK ON THE MOON (NY Stage and Film), and WHITE NOISE (Whoopi Goldberg, producer).
Every year, David proudly presents the LIVING FOR TODAY concert series, which brings together Broadway performers for a night of music to benefit Gilana’s Fund, a non-profit organization that supports educational programming celebrating acceptance. The concert has attracted such stars as Idina Menzel, Vanessa Williams, Jim Dale, Alice Ripley, LaChanze, Tituss Burgess, Lena Hall, Kate Mulgrew, Bebe Neuwirth, and Candice Bergen. The Fund was created in 2007 after David’s sister Gilana passed away at the age of 26, and to date Gilana’s Fund has raised nearly $100,000. Check out www.gilanasfund.org.
David is currently an Adjunct Professor at New York University's Steinhardt, teaching Musical Theatre Workshop-Audition Skills, Musical Theatre Scene Study, and will direct the Undergraduate and Graduate Showcases. He has taught for The American Theatre Wing's Springboard NYC, Broadway Arts Factory, Camp Broadway, The Usdan Center, Play Group Theater, The Broadway Experience (in NYC and Rome, Italy), Muskegon Civic Theatre, Kalamazoo Civic Theatre, Western Michigan University, as well as Broadway Audition Workshop for professional actors in New York City with Kaitlin Shaw of Tara Rubin Casting. In 2006, David was selected to direct a new play at the American College Theatre Festival.
David is a member of SDC, and graduated summa cum laude from Western Michigan University with a BA in Directing, as well as a BA in Stage Management. Upon graduation he was awarded both of the Department's top honors: the Presidential Scholar, and the Conspicuous Achievement in Theatre Award, and in 2016 was selected as a Distinguished Alumni.