School of Music, Theatre
and Dance

Varner Hall, Room 207
371 Varner Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4485
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Academic Office: (248) 370-2030
Box Office: (248) 370-3013
Fax: (248) 370-2041

David Gram

David Gram

 David_Gram    David Gram
Assistant Professor of Theatre
Directing and Acting

Courses: Directing I, Directing II, Advanced Directing, Acting: The Script, Foundations of Theatre

Stage Director:  The School for Scandal (Winter '18),  A Chorus Line (Winter '17),  'Tis Pity She's a Whore (Fall '16)  

(248) 370-2964


Originally from Toronto, Canada, David has been a professional theatre and opera director, actor, dramaturg and teacher for 20 years. He has directed and produced over 70 productions across the U.S. and Canada. Selected theatre directing credits include:  GodspellRentThe Pirates of Penzance,  Is He Dead?In the HeightsLa Cage Aux FollesTwelfth NightRomeo and JulietA Midsummer Night’s DreamMacbethThe Good Person of SzechwanCurtainsA Little Night MusicWhat the Butler Saw,  BugA Man of No ImportanceWaiting for GodotTartuffe, and the musical  City of Angels

As a professional actor, David has appeared in (among other productions)  The Taming of the ShrewThe TempestThree SistersThe   Show-OffA Question of Mercy (IRNE nominated for Best Play), and played 40 different characters in Doug Wright's  I Am My Own Wife

On the operatic stage David most recently directed Massenet’s  Cendrillon, Menotti’s  Amahl and the Night Visitors, Verdi's  Macbeth and the New England Premiere of Jake Heggie’s opera Dead Man Walking. Other opera credits include:  Orpheus in the UnderworldLa Boheme, and  The Magic Flute

For five seasons, David was the Associate Artistic Director/Apprentice Program Coordinator at Theatre Aspen. In addition, he has held the position of Artistic Director for three other non-profit arts organizations: Boston Opera Collaborative, Shifting Point Theatre (co-founder), and GhostLight Productions (co-founder).

David received his MFA in Directing and a Graduate Certificate in Arts Administration from Boston University, where he was also adjunct performance faculty with the BU School of Theatre for six years. In addition to BU, he has worked at the University of Maryland/Maryland Opera Studio, Montgomery College, Georgetown University, University of California Riverside, Johns Hopkins University, and the Boston Conservatory. A champion of new work, David has collaborated on many original plays, musicals, and operas. Proud member, SDC.

David is an avid reader, film buff, golfer, baseball enthusiast, and has a keen interest in forensic and behavioral science. He lives with his wife Kristina and their two cats, Gatsby and Lulu.