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David A. Crespy

Department of Theatre
University of Missouri
129 Fine Arts Building
Columbia, MO 65211

United States

Internet Presence

Website: http://web.missouri.edu/~crespyd

About David A. Crespy

David Crespy is Professor of Playwriting, Acting, Dramatic Literature and founded MU's Writing for Performance program and serves its Co-Director. He is the founding Artistic Director of MU's Missouri Playwrights Workshop, the Mizzou New Play Series, and Summer Rep's Comedies-in-Concert Series. His areas of research and teaching include playwriting, acting, dramatic literature, and theatre history. He holds a BFA in Acting from Rutgers University's Mason Gross School of the Arts (where he studied with William Esper), an MFA in Playwriting from the University of Texas, and a PhD in Theatre History, Theory, and Dramatic Literature from the City University of New York. His publications include The Off-Off Broadway Explosion, (Watson-Guptill, 2003), his book about New York’s off-off Broadway in the 1960s (with a foreword by Edward Albee). His articles have appeared in the Journal of Dramatic Theory & Criticism, Theatre History Studies, New England Theatre Journal, Latin American Theatre Review, The Journal of American Drama & Theatre, The Dramatist, Slavic and East European Performance and www.glbtq.com. His plays and essays may be found in Perfect Ten (Gary Garrison, ed., Heinemann), Playwriting Master Class (Michael Wright, ed., Heineman), Monologues for Men by Men (Gary Garrison, Ed., Heinemann), Angels in American Theatre (Robert Schanke, ed., Southern Illinois University Press), and The Influence of Tennessee Williams (Philip Kolin, Ed., McFarland). Dr. Crespy has been working with Edward Albee as a scholar since 1994, and his most recent book is Richard Barr: The Playwrights’ Producer (SIU Press, March 2013), about Broadway producer, Richard Barr, the producer of Mr. Albee’s plays and former president of the League of American Theatres and Producers (with a foreword and afterword by Edward Albee). His current book project is Dreamwrighting: Dreamwork for Dramatic Writing For Stage & Screen. His current play projects include Wallace’s Line, a play explores the tenuous line between science and faith, and the remarkable life of Alfred Russel Wallace, co-discovered of National Selection with Charles Darwin.

My notes on the IASD

I have been following the research and writing of many members of IASD for years; having completed research in theatre history, I am now focusing on the use of dreamwork for playwriting, and in my analysis of dramatic literature.

 List of dream-related publications and/or web sites where my work is featured.

Crespy, David, Beshert: Dreams and the Realm of the Personal.” In Playwriting Master Class, Michael Wright, editor. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann 2000.

Crespy, David. “Dreamwork for Playwriting: Using the Oneiric to write ‘Magic’ Drama.” The Visual and Performing Arts: An International Anthology: Volume II: An Introduction, Stephen Andrew Arbury, ed. Athens, Greece: Athens Institute for Education and Research Publications, 2012.

Crespy, David. “Dreaming and Playwriting: The Oneiric in the Plays of Adrienne Kennedy and Eugène Ionesco,” Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism. Fall 2013

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