New Plays from the Heartland Visiting Playwright

Meet Spenser Davis

Photo Credit: Jeffrey L. Kurysz

Raised in Northwest Arkansas and living in Chicago, Spenser Davis is an award-winning playwright, screenwriter, librettist and new-works director who tells stories about forgotten corners of our history, conversation-provoking tales wrapped in genre, and characters reclaiming centerstage after being pushed to the wings. His most recent play, A Million Tiny Pieces, was the recipient of the Elizabeth George Commission at South Coast Repertory and has since been developed at both the Pacific Playwrights Festival and the Colorado New Play Festival. His play Plainclothes received the M. Elizabeth Osborn New Play Award, the Jeff Award for Best Ensemble, and was named a finalist for the Harold & Mimi Steinberg/ACTA New Play Award. Other works include MergeUnderdogz, Primer, and the acclaimed virtual play The Spin. As a director who specializes in new-play development, he was the 2020/21 Michael Maggio Directing Fellow at the Goodman Theatre and has received Best Director honors from both the Joseph Jefferson Awards (Chicago) and B. Iden Payne Awards (Austin). His productions have made Best-of-Year lists with the Chicago Tribune, Newcity and Time Out, as well as the Storefront Rebellion’s “25 Best Shows of the Decade.” In addition to plays, he’s currently the book writer for a brand-new musical alongside lyricist Sarah Mangum and composer Danny Wirick, and he’s developing projects for film and television with A+E Studios, Busy B Entertainment, and others. He’s proud to be represented by both WME and Heroes & Villains Entertainment.

Spenser’s OPEN FORUM ON PLAYWRITING for New Plays from the Heartland:  Plan to attend a 45-minute talk by Spenser Davis at Heartland July 11, 2024. He will talk about tips and tricks of playwriting. The event is free and open to the community. This is not only for playwrights!


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