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School of Music, Theatre
and Dance

Varner Hall, Room 207
371 Varner Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4485
(location map)
Academic Office: (248) 370-2030
Box Office: (248) 370-3013
Fax: (248) 370-2041
smtd@oakland.edu

School of Music, Theatre
and Dance

Varner Hall, Room 207
371 Varner Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4485
(location map)
Academic Office: (248) 370-2030
Box Office: (248) 370-3013
Fax: (248) 370-2041
smtd@oakland.edu

David Gram

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Directing and Acting
dgram@oakland.edu |  (248) 370-2964 
www.david-gram.com

Courses: Directing I, Directing II, Advanced Directing, Dramaturgy, Acting: The Script, BFA Acting Showcase

Stage Director:  Macbeth (Winter '20),  The Who's Tommy   (Winter '19),   Hands on a Hardbody   (Winter '18),   The School for Scandal   (Winter '18),   A Chorus Line   (Winter '17),   'Tis Pity She's a Whore   (Fall '16) 

Affiliations: Shakespeare Association of America; Theatre Communications Group (Member); Actors' Equity Association (EMC Candidate); Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (Full Member). 

Originally from Toronto, Canada, David has been a professional theatre and opera director, actor, dramaturg and teacher for almost 25 years. He has directed and produced over 70 productions across the U.S. and Canada. Selected theatre directing credits include:  GodspellRentThe Pirates of PenzanceIs He Dead?In the HeightsLa Cage Aux FollesTwelfth NightRomeo and JulietA Midsummer Night’s DreamMacbethThe Good Person of SzechwanCurtainsA Little Night MusicWhat the Butler SawBugA Man of No ImportanceWaiting for GodotTartuffe, and the musical  City of Angels

David most recently appeared as 'Roy' in the Jewish Ensemble Theatre's production of The Odd Couple, and as 'Jonathon/Miranda' in the JET's award-winning production of Casa Valentina. For Detroit Mercy Theatre Company he portrayed Orson Welles and eight other characters in the radio play War of the Worlds: The Panic Broadcast. In 2017 he played 'Gremio' in Water Works Theatre Company's summer production of The Taming of the Shrew. Selected stage appearances in both the US and Canada include : The Tempest,  Three SistersThe  Show-OffA Question of Mercy (IRNE nominated for Best Play), The Day RoomGarden, Three in the Back, Two in the Head, and playing 40 different characters in Doug Wright's one-man play  I Am My Own Wife

For the operatic stage David has directed Massenet’s  Cendrillon on two different occasions, 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. 
 
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.