David Feldshuh

David Feldshuh is a playwright and Artistic Director of the Center for Theatre Arts at Cornell University, who received his actor training at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts and studied mime with Jacques Lecoq. A McKnight Fellowship took him to the Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis, where he remained for seven years, first as an actor and then as Associate Director under Michael Langham. At the Guthrie he directed a number of productions, including Brecht’s BAAL and THE MEASURES TAKEN, as well as Beckett's AN ITALIAN STRAW HAT, the Guthrie’s first CHRISTMAS CAROL (adapted with David Ball), as well as creating and directing his first published play, FABLES HERE AND THEN, a production that toured to fifty-two cities throughout the Midwest and was seen by over fifty thousand people before playing at the Guthrie. During this period he also directed many new plays, a feature film, and Monteverdi’s THE CORONATION OF POPPEA for The Minnesota Opera Company. In 1974, Dr. Feldshuh began two years of research focusing on creativity and actor training, research that culminated in a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota. During this period he also served as artist-in-residence at Dartmouth College, University of California, Santa Cruz, and Colorado College, as well as resident director at The Illusion Theatre in Minneapolis. Next, Mr. Feldshuh helped work his way through medical school by directing plays and teaching in Minneapolis. He then completed a residency in emergency medicine, a specialty he continues to practice. MISS EVERS' BOYS is the result of his medical as well as his theatrical interests. It received the 1989 New American Play award (sponsored by the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation), was a major project at the 1989 Sundance Institute Playwriting Workshop and premiered at Center Stage in Baltimore, with subsequent productions at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles, the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta, The Goodman in Chicago, The Alley in Houston, Dallas Theatre Center, and many more regional theatres. MISS EVERS' BOYS was also made into a movie by HBO. Dr. Feldshuh lives with his wife, Martha Frommelt, and sons, Noah Gabriel and Zachary Daniel, in Ithaca, New York.