David Feldshuh is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate from Dartmouth College. He completed his actor training at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, studied mime with Jacques Lecoq, and joined the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, remaining there for seven years first as an actor and then as associate director. Subsequently, he completed a PhD in theater focusing on creativity and actor training, then earned an MD degree and completed a residency in emergency medicine, a specialty he continues to practice.
David’s theatrical career includes regional theater and off-Broadway directing as well as opera and film. He is author of three published and widely produced plays, most recently, Miss Evers’ Boys, for which he was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in drama. As an HBO movie, Miss Evers’ Boys received twelve Emmy nominations and won five, including best picture and the President’s Award for television presentations exploring vital social issues.
David has served as professor of theater and as artistic director of the Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts for the past twenty-three years. Recent Cornell directing projects include his own adaptation of Antigone, Brecht’s The Resistable Rise of Arturo Ui, Death of a Salesman with Cornell alumnus Hal Gould, and The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie with his sister, Tovah Feldshuh. David is a Stephan H. Weiss Presidential Fellow, which recognizes distinguished undergraduate teaching. He lives in Ithaca with his wife, Martha Frommelt, and their children, Noah, Zachary, and Hannah.
Entrepreneurship in Theatre
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