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David Kaye to Receive Theatre Educator of the Year Award

November 4, 2009

David Kaye

Associate professor David Kaye, head of acting and directing at the department of theatre and dance, will receive the 2009 New England Theatre Conference, (NETC) Leonidas A. Nickole Theatre Educator of the Year Award Saturday, Nov.14, in Sturbridge, Mass.  

The national award, which  recognizes excellence in theatre education  through pedagogy, innovation and career achievement, highlight’s Kaye’s unique contributions and instructional approaches to acting and directing, and for his commitment to theatre for social justice. Past recipients include Arthur Lessac, Kate Snodgrass, Robert Colby and professor emeritus, Carol Lucha Burns.

Kaye is one of final conference speakers. UNH alum, actor/writer Mike O’Malley, who gave the 2006 UNH commencement speech, will give the keynote address.

Kaye has worked throughout the Unite States as a professional actor, director and designer for such companies as the Texas Shakespeare Festival, the Maine Shakespeare Theatre at Monmouth, the National Theatre of the Performing Arts in New York City, Boston Chamber Theatre, and Stages Repertory Theatre in Houston, Texas.

He was awarded the Zornio Playwriting Prize in 1998. His play, “AND GOD SAID (!@#?!)” was performed at the Montreal International Fringe Theatre Festival, where it was selected as a "top ten pick" by the Montreal Gazette. Kaye has written, directed and produced films, documentaries, and television programs for broadcast on PBS and has directed several solo performers including Susan Poulin “Ida’s Having a Yard Sale, Pardon My French” and Michael Parent “One More thing.” 

Before joining the UNH faculty in 1996, Kaye was the director of theatre at Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia where he created and trained the Sydistic Hampsters Comedy Improv Troupe. Kaye is a graduate of the MFA professional theater-training program at Brandeis University.

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