Phone: 210-356-1033


Degrees and Certifications:

BA, Bates College (Theatre Major) MFA in Acting, Indiana University SCHEDULE: Blended Learning (M-F 8:00 - 9:50) 1st Period (MWF 10:00 - 11:00) Audition A Lunch (MWF 11:10 - 11:40) 2nd Period (MWF 11:50 - 12:50) Conference Advisory (MWF 12:50 - 1:05) 3rd Period (MWF 1:15 - 2:15) Acting 2 4th Period (MWF 2:25 - 3:25) Acting 1 5th Period (TT 10:00 - 11:30) Acting 4 A Lunch (TT 11:35 - 12:15) 6th Period (TT 12:20 - 1:50) Acting 3 7th Period (TT 1:55 - 3:25) Film Acting Blended Learning (M-F 3:30 - 4:30) MT Production Work (M-F 3:30 - 5:30)

David Connelly

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I joined the NESA faculty in August of 1999, and established the curriculum that makes up the Acting component of our Musical Theatre program.

I've worked professionally as an actor, director, producer, playwright and composer. I performed on Broadway and at the Festival of Perth, Australia, in the Steppenwolf Theatre Company's Tony-nominated production of "The Song of Jacob Zulu." My regional credits include performances with the Steppenwolf Theatre Company, the Goodman Theatre, the Indiana Repertory Theatre, the Utah Shakespearean Festival, and the San Antonio Public Theatre. I've had the good fortune to work with a number of exceptional artists, including Jeff Still, Tracy Letts, Michael Shannon, Bradley Whitford, Wilson Milam, Anna D. Shapiro, John Malkovich, Zakes Mokae, John Mahoney, Rosalind Cash, Josef Sommer and Ladysmith Black Mambazo.

I adapted, staged and composed original music for Shrapnel in the Heart: Letters and Remembrances from the Vietnam Veterans' Memorial, produced by Chicago's Famous Door Theatre Company. Shrapnel in the Heart received a Joseph Jefferson Citation, several After Dark awards, and was named as one of the Best Productions of 1993 by both the Chicago Tribune and the Chicago Sun-Times.

In 2016, I directed NESA MT alum Sarah Gise ('07) in the one-woman show The Amish Project for AtticRep, performing in the Alvarez Theatre at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts. NESA MT alum Cole Bee Wilson ('04) composed music for the show. That production then travelled to Rome in June to perform at FLIPT, the Intercultural Festival Laboratory of Theatre Practice in Fara Sabina, Rome. In November, our production was remounted in Chicago, by Interrobang Theatre Project at the Athenaeum Theatre.

In San Antonio, I have performed in AtticRep productions of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?American Buffalo, Blackbird and Back of the Throat; I directed The Amish Project, and True West for the company, twice. At NESA, I played King Lear in our 1997 production of Shakespeare's classic. Prior to joining the NESA faculty, I worked as the founding artistic director of San Antonio Public Theatre, a professional theatre company. At the S.A. Public Theatre, I produced, performed in, and/or directed productions of A Touch of the Poet, True West, The Grapes of Wrath, Private Lives, Old Times, Molly Sweeney and A Christmas Carol.

I've also taught at Trinity University, the University of the Incarnate Word, St. Mary's University and Indiana University. I'm a member of Actors' Equity Association, the union of professional actors and stage managers.