David Edgecombe

Dr. David Edgecombe

Professor
Office: Fine Arts 327
Phone: (907) 786-1794
Email: dpedgecombe@uaa.alaska.edu

Biography

David Edgecombe teaches Playwriting, Directing, Theatre History and Dramatic Literature for the Department of Theatre and Dance at the University of Alaska Anchorage. He holds a B.A. from California Western University, a M.A. from San Diego State University and a PH.D. in Theatre History and Directing from Kent State University. He is the Past President of the Northwest Drama Conference. Dr. Edgecombe was Chair of the Department of Theatre at Marian College in Indianapolis for ten years. He directed for the California Shakespearean Festival and founded the Indiana Shakespeare Festival where he directed 16 of its main season productions. His book, Actor Training during the Age of Shakespeare has recently been published in second edition. His play Libby, which he wrote and directed, toured nationally and received critical acclaim at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland. He has staged productions at the Edward Albee Theatre Conference in Valdez, Alaska, including A Delicate Balance, and Three Tall Women. He often directs at Cyrano's Playhouse in Anchorage where his productions include The Three Sisters, Hamlet, Dinner with Friends and this year's The Seagull. His last two UAA productions, Somewhere in Between and The Scarecrow, received awards from the American College Theatre Festival. He was honored at The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. for his work as a theatre educator and contributions to ACTF. Recently produced original scripts and adaptations include The Women of ..., Adam's Rib, The Scarecrow, and He Who Gets Slapped. He has also adapted plays by William Shakespeare for educational tours. He directed tours of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream and Othello which were funded by National Endowment for the Arts grants. Dr. Edgecombe has taught in various study abroad programs including Siena, Italy and Ancient Theatre History in Athens, Greece. He has led tours for students and educators to Italy, England, Ireland, Scotland, Greece and Spain.