Dr. David Klein, Acting, Voice And Speech And Dialect Coach. BFA, MFA, PhD

Dr. David Klein, Acting, Voice And Speech And Dialect Coach. BFA, MFA, PhD

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Dr. David Klein is the Director of Upper School Theatre at American Heritage School, a prestigious program at a notable independent school near Ft. Lauderdale. He teaches an 8 course curriculum of his own design based on college courses he taught previously.  He also directs four plays for the school each year, utilizing the three performance spaces and backed up by a full creative team of on staff professional designers and talented, hand picked scholarship students. Indeed, The award winning program at AHS more closely resembles that of a small college. To say the least, the  theatrical work produced at AHS by far surpasses a standard high school program.

Dr. Klein holds BFA and MFA degrees in acting from the University of Alabama and University of Pittsburgh, respectively. Subsequently , he earned his Ph.D in Theatre from Florida State University. He is also a graduate of the Alabama Shakespeare Festival’s Professional Actor Training Conservatory. With over 20 years of experience teaching, he has held notable tenures at colleges and first rate high school programs. He has worked as the voice and speech teacher for the Florida State University BFA  Acting program and helmed the performance program at the University of Louisiana, prior to his work with high school performers. For 12 years he served as the Artistic Director of DeKalb School of the Arts, a major arts magnet school serving the Atlanta metro area. Dr. Klein was the recipient of a competitive scholarship to attend the Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival Silver Anniversary Symposium on Acting and Directing, where he studied with such iconic teachers as Uta Hagen and Gerald Freedman.  Dr. Klein has always maintained a simultaneous career as a professional theatre artist, while educating our next generation of young performers and creators of Theatre .

As an actor, he has over 100 roles to his credit in University and professional theatre. He was a founding artist at the Southern Shakespeare Festival in Tallahassee and a founding resident artistic company member at Onstage Atlanta. Now, he primarily works as a director and dialect coach. His directing credits include nearly 100 shows ranging from educational, community and professional theatre that have garnered awards on all levels as well as critical praise. The Atlanta Journal Constitution called his production done as the inaugural, world premiere play for a professional company featuring actors with disabilities a "top 10 theater event in Atlanta" for the year.  The Southern Voice called it "the best play"of the Atlanta Theatre season.

He has won the Georgia Theatre Conference one act play contest and gone on to perform the show at the Southeastern Theatre Conference. Both Georgia and Florida Thespians have honored his productions at district and state levels, and he has had his worked passed on to perform at the International Thespian Conference. The American College Theatre Festival awarded a world premiere production he directed the Louisiana Critics’ Choice award among others.  A fan of fringe festivals, Dr. Klein has entered his productions into several, including the the Edinburgh International Fringe Festival. His work was performed there to positive European reviews, as a result of being finalist in the American High School Theatre Festival. In 2013, He won the Metropolitan Atlanta Theatre awards for Best Director and Best Play. The show also won Best Ensemble, Best Actress and Best Supporting Actor.

Dr. Klein measures his success as a teacher through the success of his students, many of whom bring top ratings in competitive dramatic events. This year alone, he took almost 50 entries to the district Thespian competition, 39 of of which garnered the highest possible ranking and 4 gained the top honor of being selected critic’s choice. To top it off,  his one-act won for the district competition and was performed at the state conference to straight superior ratings. A professional audition coach, he prepares his students to gain admission into the most formidable college acting programs in the country. Once admitted, they perform at a level well beyond the standard freshmen, often receiving leading roles their first semester. Dr. Klein enjoys seeing a number of his students now appearing in popular television shows and films.  Moreover, some also have flourishing stage careers around the country. Their time under his tutelage has undoubtedly contributed to the current success of their acting careers.

Dr. Klein just relocated from Atlanta to South Florida, where he hopes to continue his richly diverse career as an Artist/Educator and create outstanding theatre with both his students of American Heritage School and South Florida professional artists. He is available for private coaching sessions in his limited free time.

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DAVID MEADERS KLEIN

10861 NW 29th Ct. Sunrise, FL. 33322

404-290-0079  [email protected]  [email protected]

GOAL      

I desire to connect with adult and teenage students who wish to further their skills in Acting, Voice and Speech and Dialects for professional advancement and personal development.

SPECIALIZATIONS

Directing, Acting, Voice, Speech and Dialect coaching, Classical performance and period styles, Dramaturgy, Shakespearean literature and text work, Stage make-up, New play development, Alternative approaches to traditional works, Theatre administration, Performance Theory and Criticism, Performance pedagogy, Teaching in Higher and Secondary education settings, Audition coaching, Youth Theatre, Theatre of inclusion, Theatre for social change.

                  

EDUCATION

Ph.D. 1995 Florida State University; Tallahassee, Florida

Emphasis:  Performance Theory (Directing and Acting)

Dissertation:  “Acting and Trance: An Historical and Theoretical Survey of Actors’ Use of Altered States of Consciousness, and Its Implications for Current Actor Training” (Dr. Stuart Baker, Director)

M.F.A. 1987 University of Pittsburgh; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Emphasis:  Acting

Performance Thesis:  Salieri in Amadeus

Written Thesis:  “An Actor’s Approach to the Role of Salieri in Peter Shaffer’s Amadeus

B.F.A. 1984 University of Alabama; Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Emphasis:  Acting (Magna Cum laude)

Alabama Shakespeare Festival Professional Actor Training Program, 1983



Kennedy Center/A.C.T.F. Silver Anniversary Symposium on Acting and

           Directing, 1993                                                              

Post-doctoral courses in Theatre Education – 2003-2004 – Columbus State University, Columbus, Georgia: resulting in the possession of a valid State of Georgia Teaching Certificate for K12 Drama.

Instructors/Directors of Workshops and Specialized Classes include:  

Uta Hagen, Kristen Linklater, Gerald Freedman, Jose Quintero, Edward Albee, Sonya Moore, Stuart Vaughn, Oleg Tabakov (Director, Moscow Art Theater), Helen Chinoy, Henry Polic II, Nicholas Pennel, Jeff Weiss, Martin Platt, Fred Chappell, Richard Hornby, Gordon McDougal, Gillette Elvgren, Eric Overmeyer, Alex Coleman, Christian Rist (Director, Theatre Classique, Paris), Duncan Inches, David Young, Mark Olsen, Joseph Martinez, Oscar Brockett, Jim Donadio, Irina Brown, James Kerr, Ian Woodridge (Dean, BRADA), Stephen Hollis, Tom Markus, Lilene Mansell, Craig Belknap, Robert Browning, Kelley Maur (SITI Company), Elaine Bromka, Patsy Rodenberg.

CURRENT

American Heritage Center for the Arts, American Heritage School,

Director of Upper School Theatre (August 2016- Present)

American Heritage School is a Nationally renown independent school in the Ft. Lauderdale FL area. Noted for its extremely rigorous academics, the school as a whole boasts a national profile of successes in all areas. It is the number one private school in the country for producing the most National Merit Scholars. The theatre program at American Heritage is extraordinary for a high school, resembling more closely a small college program. We have on staff a full time technical faculty, including a technical director, scenic designer, costumer, make up designer and a lighting designer/publicist. We operate out of three performance spaces: a large 800 seat, state of the art, proscenium main stage theatre with full scene and costume shops; a 150 seat versatile, black box theatre and a small 60 seat lab theatre. Within these spaces, we perform 2 musicals, 2 straight plays, a competition one act and a senior showcase annually.

The acting program offers a four year/eight course series of college level classes, including specialized training in improvisation, dramatic realism, comedy, voice and movement, period styles and directing. Additionally, The program offers a full slate of technical theatre courses. Our theatre students also take advantage of our top-teer vocal music and dance programs, allowing them to train extensively as triple threats. The school’s reputation for excellence and first-rate training enables our students to be accepted into some of the most prestigious colleges in the country. Last year’s Theatre majors were accepted into Northwestern, Brown, Fordham, North Carolina School of the Arts, University of Hartford, Dartmouth, Syracuse, Millikin University, Ryder University and University of Oklahoma. In the recent past, our theatre students have attended NYU, Carnegie Mellon, University of Michigan, Florida State and Boston Conservatory as well.

Responsibilities include:

  • I am head of the Upper School Theatre Performance Program within the context of a school that houses a full technical theatre/design program, serving the Middle and Lower School as well.

  • I direct all non-musical shows in the Upper School Season, including a Junior/Senior play, a one-act competition piece, a Freshman/Sophomore play and a Senior Showcase.

  • I teach all Upper School performance classes in an 8 course sequence, including: Intro to Drama, Acting I (The Basics), Acting II (Dramatic Realism), Acting III (Contemporary Comedy), Acting IV ( Voice and Movement), Acting V ( Period Styles), Acting VI ( Directing), Acting VII ( Senior Showcase)

  • I serve as Co-Sponsor for and active Thespian Society, consisting of over 100 students.  I coach all non-musical Individual Events and direct the one act play. (In 2017, we took over 50 events, scored Superior on 39 events, won 4 critics choices and the one-act competition.  8 of these events and the play will go on to the 2018 state conference for further adjudication)

IMMEDIATE PAST EMPLOYMENT

Starr’s Mill High School, Director of Theatre (July 2015- May 2016)

Starr’s Mill is a first rate High School in the suburbs south of Atlanta, in the Peachtree City area.  It boasts award winning academic, arts and athletic programs with a success driven student body and excellent parent support.

Responsibilities include:

  • I served as head of the Theatre Department in a I man program, teaching all Drama classes and directing all productions within our season.  

  • My classes included: Intro to Drama, Advanced Drama I (the intermediate level actors) and Advanced Drama II (an admittance through audition only class that represents the schools top Drama students with an emphasis on creating productions).

  • Also, I served as sponsor to the school's active International Thespian Society troupe.  

  • I directed the school's main stage fall play and the spring musical, Legally Blonde, which is entered into the Shuler Hensley Awards (the Georgia version of the American High School Musical Theatre Awards).  In addition, we produce student showcases.

  • As the Artistic Director of Starr's Mills Productions (a very active parent booster organization), I serve on its Board and advise on fundraising activities and other volunteer and production needs of the program.

  • Additionally, I produced the annual Miss Starr's Mill Pageant, the largest scholarship pageant in the southeast, which serves as a major fundraiser for our program.  

  • I manage the production budget which includes hiring and supervising numerous guest artists that support our productions.  

  • I plan and host students on field trips to various theatre conferences and coach them for competitive events and for college entrance auditions.  

  • I supervise student interns who assist in teaching lower level classes and parent volunteers that support productions in many capacities.

  • Through my application to a competitive selection process, the Starr's Mill Theatre Program has been invited to perform at the Edinburgh International Fringe Festival as a part of the American High School Theatre Festival.



City Schools of Decatur, Drama Director (June 2013-June 2014)                        

Responsibilities: Teach All Drama Courses and develop a newly forming Drama Program for Carl Renfroe Middle School, International Baccalaureate Program.

Artistic Director, DeKalb School of the Arts (2001- August 2012)

DeKalb School of the Arts (DSA) is a highly selective performing arts magnet school offering pre-professional training in the arts for over 300 of Atlanta’s top talent students.  DSA was voted the number one school in Metro Atlanta for 2002. A National Blue Ribbon School, DSA was ranked 265th in News Week’s list of the best High Schools in America.




Responsibilities include:

  • Overall artistic/educational vision and leadership of the school’s Artistic Departments including programs in Dance, Music Theatre, Theatre (performance and design/technical), Music (vocal and instrumental), Media, Creative Writing and Visual Arts.

  • Hiring and supervision of artistic staff consisting of a Production Manager/Technical Director, ten full-time faculty, several adjunct faculty, two paraprofessional assistants in the areas of box office and tour management and other outside contracted artistic production personnel.

  • Coordinating and scheduling a production season of over 30 performance events of various sizes from mainstage to recital, including a Fall Drama, Winter Dance Concert, Theatre for Youth, Spring Musical, a Fringe Festival and eight touring productions.

  • Selection, direction, production dramaturgy and promotion of Main stage Season.

  • Coordinating production budgets.

  • Developing curriculum for the Arts Program.

  • Coordinating the audition and adjudication process for incoming students.

  • Assist in recruiting new students; advising current students; and finding college, job and internship placement for current and graduating students.

  • Teach master classes including History, Literature and Styles of Theatre, Audition Technique, Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced Acting and Drama Ensemble, an admittance through audition only class/company.

  • Serve as liaison between the school and professional theatres and artists in the community.

  • Assist in locating grants and partnerships.

  • Supervise parent/faculty/student committees such as the Literary and Marketing/Public Relations committees.

  • Quality control all performances.

  • Provide long-range guidance in preparing for future growth of the school and its facilities.

  • Define the artistic vision and needs of the school and work with other administrators to create effective policies to protect this vision and augment these needs as they arise.



OTHER WORK AS AN ARTIST/EDUCATOR IN ATLANTA

Drama Kids International, Teaching Artist (2014-15).

I taught group and private lessons to elementary through high school students in this internationally recognized after-school and drama camp program.

Phusion Performing Arts Center, Director of Theatre (2014-15).

Phusion is a thriving studio for young performers which has primarily focused on Dance.  Having long desired an Acting program they have brought me in as an expert to develop a sequence of youth oriented theatre performance classes to complement their strong Dance component.  Through a structured series of courses teenage performers will learn stage movement and voice, warm ups, improvisation, theatre games, character building, audition technique and scene and monologue study.

Private Practice: Freelance Acting, Dialect and Dialect Reduction Coaching, (2012-present).

Onstage Atlanta, Resident Artistic Company Member (2007-2014).

OSA is a semi-professional theatre company serving Atlanta, GA celebrating its 40th Anniversary Season. Currently located in Decatur, GA, OSA is newly distinguished by the stewardship of a resident company of competitively selected, diverse artists representing every discipline of theatrical craft.  We offer an eclectic season of eight or more plays and musicals as well as other special performance events throughout the year.

Responsibilities:

  • Directing, Acting, Voice and Dialect coaching, Dramaturgy,       

  • Season planning, general maintenance of Facilities of a two theatre complex that contains rehearsal halls and costume and scene shops.

  • Contributing to the technical and front of house demands of the season as needed.

  • Temporarily, I was building an education program for the theatre

         with classes to serve both seasoned professionals and the youth of the community.

   

PREVIOUS WORK AS AN ARTIST/EDUCATOR

IN TALLAHASSEE, FL 1994 - 2000

Director of Upper School Drama at Maclay College Preparatory School, 1996 – 2000.

Responsibilities:  taught classes in acting and play production.  Selected and directed four show seasons. Coordinated budget, technical staff and all elements of productions.  Sponsored Thespian Club. Coached students for competitive events.

Artistic Director of the Moving Company, Children’s Theatre Touring Company sponsored by Maclay School, 1996 – 2000.

Guest Director at Tallahassee Little Theatre, 1994 – 2000.

Adjunct Faculty/Guest Director at Tallahassee Community College, 1994 – 2000.

Artistic Director of Southern Shakespeare Festival Touring Company

Artistic Associate/Company Member, Southern Shakespeare Festival, 1995 – 2000.

Arts Grants Specialist, State of Florida Division of Cultural Affairs, 1996.

TEACHING EXPERIENCE (25 years in Secondary and      Higher Education settings)

Many of my past University and Secondary Education students are now Equity, SAG and AFTRA members enjoying careers in the Film, Television, National commercials, Broadway, Regional Theatre and Cruise ship/Theme Park/Vegas entertainment performances, local theatre and web series.  They have significant roles in such television series’ as Atlanta, Lethal Weapon, Black Boots, Game of Silence, MacGyver, Deuce, Nashville, Ozark, Scorpion, Red Road, Community, The Fosters, House of Payne, Frazier, 2 Broke Girls, Desperate Housewives, The Daily Show, So You Think You Can Dance and American Idol.  Moreover, I have seen my students achieve such successes as a solo HBO comedy special and a series on CMT.  They have also been seen on BET and CNN, Hallmark channel films and feature films such as Neighbors 2 and Forever My Girl.  In Atlanta, they have worked on such stages as: The Alliance Theatre, Seven Stages, Horizon Theatre, Georgia Shakespeare, Soul-stice Rep, Onstage Atlanta, Atlanta Lyric and Dad’s Garage.

Also, I have actively worked to place my high school students in some of the best collegiate Actor Training Programs around the country, including:

California School of the Arts, North Carolina School of the Arts, University of the Arts, NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, Northwestern University, Carnegie Mellon University, Point Park University, Florida State University, Florida School of the Arts, UCLA, USC, University of Alabama, University of Memphis, Bard College, Boston University, Brandeis University, Brown University, Bennington College, Columbus State University, UGA, Valdosta State, Ball State, Oklahoma City University, DePaul, Fordham, Columbia and University of Michigan.



University of Louisiana, Lafayette, Louisiana (previously University of Southwestern Louisiana), 1991 – 1993, Assistant Professor

Acting I, II, and III (including Period Styles); Directing I and II; Voice I, II, and III; Dialects; Audition Techniques Workshop; Acting Shakespeare Workshop; responsible for design of B.F.A. Acting Program and all student recruitment.

The Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida, 1987 – 1991; Adjunct Faculty and Full-time Sabbatical Replacement

Voice I; Voice III – Dialects; Stage Makeup; Orientation to Acting; Voice   and Speech Workshop for High School Actors.

University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 1984 – 1987; Instructor:

Introduction to Performance; High School seminars on Shakespeare (in conjunction with the Three Rivers Shakespeare Festival)

Stage Struck Studio, Tallahassee, Florida, 1990 – 1991

Master Teacher of Acting, Voice and Speech.  Private and group classes.

Tallahassee Museum of History and Natural Science, Tallahassee, Florida, 1994, Instructor for Theatre in the Woods.

Dialect Coaching: Experience includes over 30 shows at four major universities and professional theatres, including:   Wild Oats, The Philanthropist, Tartuffe, Musical Comedy Murders, Landscape of the Body,

         The Lover, Look Back in Anger, The Dumbwaiter, Relatively Speaking,                                                                

         Our Town, Private Lives, American Buffalo, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (ACT),

        The Weir, St. Nicholas, Mind Game (OSA), Shopping and F***ing (The

        Process Theatre), Out of the Trees (Dad’s Garage Theatre), Blithe Spirit,        

        Crimes Against Humanity, The 39 Steps. That Uganda Play ( The Essential          

        Theatre Festival), The Importance of Being Earnest.

Freelance audition coaching and coaching of various forensics and Thespian      competition events, as well as URTA, SETC and Irene Ryan Auditions.

DIRECTING EXPERIENCE (24 years at various universities, professional and community theatres and high schools)

Educational Theatre Direction

Florida State University:

Twelfth Night

   A Midsummer Night’s Dream

  The Changeling

  Tartuffe

  Beyond Therapy

University of Louisiana:

Private Lives

Turtle Island BluesWorld Premiere, entry in A.C.T.F., winner of five awards including Critics’ Choice in Louisiana C.T.F.

Autumn Roses (an original adaptation of Uncle Vanya)

Tallahassee Community College:

                                          My Hobbies Include- World Premiere for TCC New Playwright’s Festival

Temptation* by Vaclav Havel

Reckless*

Our Town*

The Misanthrope*

                                         

*Received Superior ratings at Florida Community College Theatre Festival                                         

DeKalb School of the Arts:

          The Robber Bridegroom

Scapino!

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

The Time of Your Life

Guys and Dolls

Damn Yankees!

Bye Bye Birdie

Love Death and the Prom (tour)

University (tour)

The Seagull (lab)

Black Comedy(lab)

Fieffer’s People (tour)

Gorgeous Raptors (performed at SETC Fringe Festival, 2008)

Snapshot (tour) (Invited to perform at SETC Fringe Festival 2005)

Bird Bath(lab)

Check Please

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

43 Plays for 43 Presidents (American High School Theatre               Festival Finalist –Toured for a run at the Edinburgh International Fringe Festival, Edinburgh, Scotland, 2006)

                                          Man, Woman Flower(lab)

                                          Standard Safety(tour)

                                          Love’s Labour’s Lost(tour)

                                          Reckless

                                          Troy Women (Winner of the Georgia Theatre Conference  One-Act Play Contest, 2009, performed again at SETC One-Act Play Festival, 2010)

                                                  Dark of the Moon (Winner of a Georgia Theatre Conference special award for make-up and live music integration, 2011)          

                                                          

                                                                                                     



Maclay School:

An Actor’s Nightmare (performed as Main stage event and in the regional play marathon for International Thespian Festival, Lincoln, Nebraska, 1998)

Laundry and Bourbon - 2nd Place District, Superior at State Thespian Festival (Invited to perform at International Thespian Society regional play marathon, 1999)

Murder at Rutherford House

The Dining Room

Feiffer’s People

Halftime at Halcyon Days

A Piece of My Heart

                                         The Original Last Wish Baby

Starr’s Mill High School:

                                         Shooting Stars                                                                                                      

                                         Legally Blonde  

American Heritage Center for the Arts:

Sister Mary Ignatius Explains it All for You

The Actor’s Nightmare ( Received straight Superior ratings at the  Florida District 13 2016 Thespian Competition)

Almost Maine ( winner of the district 13, 2016 Florida Thespian one

act competition. It will be performed at the 2018 State Conference.)

The Zoo Story

The Importance of Being Earnest (set in the 1960s) - Nominated for 6 2018 South Florida Cappie awards)

The Dining Room

The Birdbath

                                                      

Professional Theatre Direction

Onstage Atlanta, Now celebrating its 41st season in the Atlanta Theatre scene, OSA is professional theatre that presents an eclectic season of plays and musicals in a two theatre complex.  OSA is distinguished from other local theatres in that it is governed by a resident company in which virtually every kind of theatre artist is represented. The company is responsible for all choices of programing, for managing all of the operations of the theatre and participating on some level with each production. I am a founding Resident Artistic Company member at OSA, where I serve as director, voice and dialect coach, dramaturge and actor, 2007-2014.

                                         

                                        The Philadelphia

                                        Time Flies

                                        Art

                                        Wit

                                       Three Days of Rain (Winner of Best Play and Best Director Post and Alley Award, 2010)                                                        The Dead Guy (Regional Premiere)

                                        Doubt

                                                Crimes Against Humanity (World Premier of play by local Playwright, Michael Henry Harris, performed

 as part of Atlanta’s inaugural Fringe Festival in spring 2012.)

                                                     The 39 Steps (Winner of the 2013 Metropolitan Atlanta Theatre Awards for Best Play, Best Director and Best Ensemble)

See Jane Talk ( World Premiere selected for Atlanta Fringe ’13)

                                       Boeing Boeing

Atlanta Classical Theatre, Resident Company at 14th St. Playhouse, Atlanta, Georgia, 2004.

                                      Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

Not Merely Players, Professional theatre focused on providing opportunities for actors with disabilities, Atlanta, Georgia, Director of Inaugural production, 2003.

                                                   

               Straightaway Dangerous  (World premiere of a new play by                   Brent Darnel. Cited by the AJC as a top 10 theatre event and named best play of 2003 by the Southern Voice).                                                  

                                                                           

Laughing Dog Theatre, Upper Manhattan, New York City, Artistic Director,  2002.

          Man to Man

                                 Mitzvah in Little Rock  (Performed at the SouthEastern Theatre Conference, Orlando, Florida, 2005)

Southern Shakespeare Festival Players, Tallahassee, Florida. Artistic Director/Company Member of Premier Promotional Tour Company, 1995 –1996.

            

Words, Words, Words: An Evening of Shakespeare

Theatre Tallahassee, Guest Director: 1994 – 2000

M. Butterfly

Wrong Turn at Lungfish

Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All For You

The Actor’s Nightmare

American Buffalo

Six Degrees of Separation

Fools

On the Verge

Blithe Spirit

The Moving Company, Maclay School – sponsored children’s theatre touring company, Artistic Director 1997 – 2000.

Cinderella, Cinderella . . .

The Odyssey of Jeremy Jack

Golliwhoppers

The Seus Story

Acadiana Arts Council, Lafayette, Louisiana, Theatre Director: interdisciplinary           

          performance art touring company, 1991—1992.

                                            Inner Voices

The Suitcase Shakespeare Touring Company” Lafayette, Louisiana, Artistic Director, 1993.

                                          I Hate Macbeth

                                                       The 15 Minute Macbeth

Maya Lila Performance Collective, Tallahassee, Florida, 1994 – 1995,   Founder/Artistic Director

The Tempest Project

Man to Man

          Mitzvah in Little Rock

Acorn Productions Minimation, Lafayette, Louisiana – 1992 – 1993, Artistic       Director. Responsibilities included complete vocal direction and dialect coaching for sophisticated robotic puppet performances in a series of nationally released productions.

ACTING EXPERIENCE (26 year history)

Professional experience at Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Three Rivers Shakespeare Festival, New City Theatre of Pittsburgh, Gateway to Music Children’s Theatre Touring Company, Guest Artist/Actor at University of Louisiana, Southern Shakespeare Festival and Soul-stice Repertory Company, Onstage Atlanta.

Professional voice-over, acting, and vocal/direction for Acorn Productions Minimation nationally released robotic puppet performances.

Over 100 roles in university, professional, and community theatres, including work in period styles, children’s theatre, tours, dinner theatre, and musicals.

Representative roles:

MacBeth in MacBeth

Othello in Othello

Falstaff in Merry Wives of Windsor

Salieri in Amadeus

Tartuffe in Tartuffe

Jimmy Porter in Look Back in Anger

Orsino in Twelfth Night

George Tesman in Hedda Gabler

Truscott in Loot

Dogg/MacBeth in Dogg’s Hamlet/Cahout’s Macbeth

Drysart in Equus

Argan in The Imaginary Invalid

John Barrymore in I Hate Hamlet

Lord Byron in Beauty Like the Night (an original one-man show)

Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Baptista in The Taming of the Shrew

Jacques in As You Like It

Von Helsing in Dracula

Ed in Degas ces Moi!

Actor resume available on request.

OTHER THEATRE EXPERIENCE

Program Assistant/Arts Grant Specialist, Florida Division of Cultural Affairs for 1996 – 1997 grant seasons.

Recruitment, faculty selection committees, senior project committees, student advisement, play contest adjudication, host to guest artists, main stage season planning, booking of special events for performing arts week, creating of curriculum, publicity, and creation of a patrons campaign (University of Louisiana, Lafayette); chaperoning students at state, district and national Thespian conferences.

Research and Administration:  Research Assistant to Dr. Richard Hornby, Head of the M.A. /Ph.D. program at Florida State University School of Theatre, 1988 – 1989.  Duties included providing research for his book The End of Acting:  A Radical View; administering and processing M.A. and Ph. D. Comprehensive Exams; organizing and distributing class materials.

House Manager:  Florida State University Main stage, Tallahassee, Florida, 1988.

Box Office:  University Pittsburgh – Three Rivers Shakespeare Festival and New City Theatre Company, Pittsburgh, PA, 1987 -  1986.

Telemarketing Salesman (Top Producer):  Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Montgomery, Alabama; summers 1986 and 1987.

Group Sales Director/Director of Telemarketing Campaign:  University of Pittsburgh – Three Rivers Shakespeare Festival and New City Theatre Company, Pittsburgh, PA, 1987.

Moderator for a panel discussion titled “The Actor’s Consciousness” at 1992 ATHE Convention; panelists included Robert Cohen, U.C. – Irvine; Dr. Richard Hornby, U.C. – Riverside; and Dr. William Shepherd, U. of Washington – Pullman.

Audition respondent, Irene Ryan Regional Auditions, Lubbock, Texas, 1993.

Panelist at Atlanta Actor’s Expo 2001 for presentation entitled “Kids in the Biz.”

Professional makeup design and artistry for Reverend Everyman, produced by the FSU Opera Department, filmed for airing on public television.

Adjudicator for Thespian competitions, collegiate forensic events and play festivals/competitions.

Local Wardrobe Crew for national tours of Les Miserables, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat and Chorus Line – Leon County Civic Center

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MEMBERSHIPS

Theatre Communication Group

Association for Theatre in Higher Education

Georgia Theatre Conference

Southeastern Theatre Conference

Actor’s Equity Association Membership Candidacy Program

AWARDS AND HONORS

2013 Metropolitan Atlanta Theatre Awards for Best Play, Best Director and Best Ensemble for my production of The 39 Steps at Onstage Atlanta.

Turtle Island Blues, Critics Choice and six other awards for the premier production of at the Louisiana College Theatre Festival, 1993

Scholarship to the 1993 Kennedy Center/A.C.T.F. Silver Anniversary Symposium on Acting and Directing

Teaching Assistantship, Florida State University, 1987 – 1990

Teaching Assistantship, University of Pittsburgh, 1984 – 1987

Top Producing Salesman – Alabama Shakespeare Festival (Festival Fones), 1986

Three Days of Rain---Winner of the Best Play and Best Director Post and Alley Awards, 2010.

Troy Women—Winner of the Georgia Theatre Conference one-act play competition, 2009.  Selected to perform at the SETC one act competition, Lexington, KY 2010.

43 Plays for 43 Presidents (American High School Theatre Festival Finalist –

          Toured for a run at the Edinburgh International Fringe Festival,                   Edinburgh, Scotland, 2006)

The Actor’s Nightmare – 1st Place, District One, One-Act Competition for Florida State Thespians; Superior Rating at State Competition, performed as a

          Main stage event at International Thespian Festival, Lincoln, Nebraska,

         1998

Laundry and Bourbon – 2nd Place, District One-Act Competition for Florida State Thespians; invited to perform at the International Thespian Festival Regional Play Marathon, 1999

Our Town, Reckless, Temptation, and The Misanthrope at Tallahassee Community College, received Superior ratings at the Florida Community College Theatre Festival.

Starr’s Mill High School invited to perform at the Edinburgh International Fringe Festival as a Finalist in the American High School Theatre Festival, August 2017, as the result of a competitive application process.

Almost Maine - 1st Place, District 13 One-Act

Honor Societies: Outstanding Young Men of America, 1989

National Golden Key, 1984

Alpha Lambda Delta, 1981

Alpha Psi Omega Dramatic Fraternity, 1981

SPECIAL SKILLS

Stage Dialects (fluent in most common American and European accents/dialects)

Specialized Movement Training: Suzuki Movement Training (three years), Period Movement Training, Stage Fencing, Basic hand to hand combat technique, Mime, Alexander Technique.

Stage Makeup (extensive, design, teaching and practical execution experience)

Singing (five years private voice)

Student and professional film work

Visual Arts (lifelong talent and training, Caricature specialization. Poster/program, scenic and costume design experience).

Production Dramaturgy

Writing (creative and scholarly—strong written communication skills)



References listed on following page.























REFERENCES FOR DAVID MEADERS KLEIN

Most recent references include Sarah Brown, Barbara Cole Uterhardt, Brenda May Ito, Jeff Nealer, Derick Thomas, Rodney Swanson, Susan McCauley and Allen Leonard. Therefore, I recommend them for contact.

Mr. Dan Carter

Director of the School of Theatre and Producing Artistic Director, Pennsylvania Center Stage

Penn State University

103 Arts II Boulevard

University Park, Pennsylvania 16802

(814) 865-7586

[email protected]-mail.psu.edu

Brenda May Ito                                                              Professor of Theatre                                                          Columbus State University

4225 University Avenue

Columbus, GA 31907-5645

(706) 507-8410

[email protected]

                                                                 

Ms. Sarah Brown

Acting Faculty

144 Theatre Building

University of Memphis, 38152                   

(901) 678-2573

[email protected]

Dr. Richard Hornby,

Professor of Theatre

Department of Theatre

University of California – Riverside

Riverside, CA 92521

(714) 787-3343

[email protected]

                                                     

Dr. Gordon Brooks, Dean

School of Art and Architecture

University of Louisiana – Lafayette

P.O. Box 43850

Lafayette, Louisiana 70504-3850

(318) 231-6224

[email protected]

Barbara Cole Uterhardt

Artistic Company Manager

Onstage Atlanta Theatre Company

2969 E. Ponce de Leon Ave.

Decatur, GA 30030

(404) 660-3642

[email protected]

Susan McCauley

Principal

DeKalb School of the Arts

1192 Clarendon Ave

Avondale Estates, Georgia 30002

(404)392-4064

[email protected]

Sean Daniels

Director of Artistic Engagement, Geva Theatre Center,

75 Woodbury Boulevard |

Rochester, NY 14607  

(510) 684-8071

[email protected]

Jeff Nealer

Production Manager

DeKalb School of the Arts                                                          1192 Clarendon Ave.

Avondale Estates,Georgia 30002                                              404-918-2650

[email protected]

Derrick Thomas

Former Principal, Renfroe Middle School

Current: Eagles Landing Middle School

295 Tunis Road

McDonough, GA 30253

404-592-7516

[email protected]

Mr. Allen Leonard

Principal,

Starr’s Mill High School

193 Panther Path

Fayetteville, GA 30215

770-490-9034

[email protected]

Rodney Swanson

Principal,

Arabia Mountain High School

6610 Browns Mill Rd

Lithonia, GA 30038

678-875-3649

[email protected]


Lessons offered

Acting Classes Shakespearean Acting Classes Speaking Voice Training Stage Performance Training Theater Acting Classes Voice Acting Classes