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Additional Experience

Alice in Wonderland

Young Actors Theatre

Moonlight and Magnolias

Theater at the Maria V Howard Arts Center

Trojan Women

Theater at the Maria V Howard Arts Center

"I believe that talent alone is not enough, and that discipline, dedication, and focus all are essential aspects of the craft of theatre."

"I'd rather have a glorious failure than a boring success."

Theatre Director/Instructor – 2000 to 2009, Williston Northampton School


Responsible for artistic direction, curriculum and execution of the entire theatre education program for all students:

  • Direct three major productions a year

  • Write original scripts for annual children’s series

  • Compose original songs and scores for children’s series

  • Manage an annual budget of $25,000

  • Oversee and manage a professional design staff and student assistants

  • Market all productions to community, including posters, press releases, ads

  • Teach 100-150 students a year

  • Advise and mentor 8 – 12 students

  • Employed by Walt Disney World during 2007 sabbatical, participating in classes at Disney University, interviewing Disney Entertainment leaders, and serving as cast member driving a safari truck in Kilimanjaro Safaris


Classes include:


  • Introduction to the Theatre: Focus on acting fundamentals. Texts include Boleslavsy’s Acting, the First Six Lessons and Shurtleff’s Audition. Apply concepts to scene study, intensive monologue work and audition technique.


  • Theatre Production: Focus on directing techniques, ranging from Hodge to Grotowski, culminating in student directed staged readings. Texts include works by Pinter, Becket, Shepard, Artaud and Jarry. Class includes a history of the theatre from Ancient Greece to the present.


  • Advanced Acting: Intensive acting class with emphasis on Stanislavsky. Class introduces Meyerhold, Grotowski and Artaud. Scene study work includes Shakespeare.


  • Playwriting: Introduction to playwriting techniques, including format, structure, subtext, character development and conflict. Texts include works by Aristotle, Brecht, and Artaud.


Musician, 1990 – 2001, the Nields

  • Played lead guitar, wrote songs for the band

  • Toured extensively throughout the U.S. and Canada, releasing 8 albums on Razor & Tie, Guardian/E.M.I., and Zoe Records

  • Served as Road Manager

  • Songs placed in PBS The Egg, and Academy Award™ nominated short Seraglio


Resident Directorial Assistant, September 1990 – May 1991, Shakespeare Theatre at the Folger

  • Assisted all directors (including Michael Kahn and René Buch) on four major productions for the season: Richard III (Stacey Keach), Othello (Avery Brooks, Andre Braugher), Fuente Ovejuna, King Lear (Fritz Weaver)

  • Rehearsed understudies and participated in casting

  • Taught classes in Acting Shakespeare for educational outreach program

  • Wrote for Asides, Shakespeare Theatre Company magazine

David Nields' resume


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