Actor Alice Gatling in the Philadelphia Premiere of Rajiv Joseph's  Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo. ( Design John Eddy, Lighting Liz Philips, Projection Mapping Michael Long)

Actor Alice Gatling in the Philadelphia Premiere of Rajiv Joseph's Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo. (Design John Eddy, Lighting Liz Philips, Projection Mapping Michael Long)

 Actors Shayne David Cameris and Michael Sinkora in Siena College's  Endgame  (Design by Colin McIlvaine, Lighting Greg Solomon, Costumes Denise Massman). 

Actors Shayne David Cameris and Michael Sinkora in Siena College's Endgame (Design by Colin McIlvaine, Lighting Greg Solomon, Costumes Denise Massman). 

Directing Philosophy

As a director, I believe  that a curious nature equates an imaginative artist; only trained and enlightened artists are capable of creating truth in space. I believe that theory and practice are not mutually exclusive, but inform one another. My life as a theatre artist has been devoted to scholarship and practice. I consider the crossroads where stagecraft and scholarship meet as a holistic relationship. To learn is to train; there is no substitute for practice and repetition.

I am a student of myth. As such, I want my creative work in the theatre to illuminate myth that exists in all work. The beauty of myth is that it transcends cultural boundaries by addressing our commonality. That is the key to great theatre; when an audience experiences something as one body. When I can create work in the theatre that exploits that principle, and connects the audience with one another through the shared recognition of common experiences and values, the responsibility I have as a citizen artist is substantial.

I seek to create theatre driven by inquiry. I desire to tell stories that blend provocative content with experimental forms. I am committed to cutting/leading/bleeding edge work. In my own work, I strive to invite collaborators – and this includes actors – to take part in any and all elements of producing; I believe that artists should influence the way their work is crafted and produced. My goal is to work in an environment where new works, particularly those from other cultures and other disciplines, is creatively supported from page to stage. As a citizen artist, I believe theater can be a powerful tool for social justice and education. I want to explore and create work that addresses issues of peace, tolerance, and co-existence through the lens of performance. My scholarship is informed by these goals, which I strive to infuse into my teachings whenever possible.

I embrace diversity and multi-culturalism, not only in my casting, but also my choice of material. It is my de rigueur to stand for all-embracing inclusion and recognition. I understand that there are essential elements that connect all of us on a primal level that transcend lines of race, sexuality and/or gender. I also understand that these are the very same elements that are vital to character development in any really great piece of playwriting. Its just a matter of looking for it.

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DIRECTING PORTFOLIO

Endgame

By Samuel Beckett
Siena College, 2017

Colin McIlvaine, Set Design
Greg Solomon, Lighting Design
Denise Massman, Costume Design
David Girard, Sound Design

"...an excellent production of a deep, dark and difficult play. The production offers many rewards, not the least of which is impressive acting, a brilliant set design that is lit to perfection and wise costuming. The unobtrusive direction shows an understanding of the text and trust for the actors. The material isn't for all, but it's play that has meaning for all"
Bob Goepfert, Theatre Critic
 Siena College's production of "Endgame", directed by David Girard literally blew me away. Incredible. Professional. Insightful... What this student cast and crew was able to accomplish through trust, commitment and continuous curiosity was astounding"
Stefanie Sertich, KCACTF

Endgame. (Pictured: Shayne David Cameris, Michael Sinkora. Photo Credit: David Girard)

Pictured: Shayne David Cameris, Michael Sinkora. Photo Credit: Katria Foster.

Pictured: Shayne David Cameris, Michael Sinkora. Photo Credit: Katria Foster.

Pictured: Shayne David Cameris. Photo Credit: Katria Foster.

Pictured: Michael Sinkora. Photo Credit: Katria Foster.

Pictured: Emily DeLorenzo, Bridgette Klein. Photo Credit: Katria Foster.

Pictured: Shayne David Cameris, Michael Sinkora. Photo Credit: Emily Curro.

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‘Romeo and Juliet’ breaks the rules, and that’s a good thing... director David Girard is a rule-breaker as he applies a rather bold concept ... The production signals the increasing maturity of a local company that is willing to take risks by offering an original look at classic material.

Romeo & Juliet

By William Shakespeare
Saratoga Shakespeare Company, 2016

Raya Malcolm, Music Supervisor
Lary Opitz, Set Design
Brittany Belz, Costume Design

Pictured: Raya Malcolm (Juliet), Ethan James Botwick (Romeo). Photo Credit: Joel Botwick.

Pictured: David Baecker (Chorus), Ethan James Botwick  (Romeo), Yvonne Perry (Benvolio), Woody Proctor (Mercutio). Photo Credit: Joel Botwick.

Pictured: Yvonne Perry (Lady Capulet), Raya Malcolm (Juliet), John Romeo (Nurse). 

Pictured: Yvonne Perry (Benvolio), Ethan James Botwick  (Romeo), Woody Proctor (Mercutio). 

Pictured: Ethan James Botwick  (Romeo), Yvonne Perry (Benvolio). Photo Credit: Joel Botwick.

Pictured: Raya Malcolm (Juliet), Ethan James Botwick (Romeo). Photo Credit: Joel Botwick.

L2R: David Baecker, Wynn Harmon, John Romeo, Wesley Broulik, Raya Malcolm, Woody Proctor, Yvonne Perry, Sarah Cordoba. Photo Credit: Sue Coflin/Max Photos

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Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo

by Rajiv Joseph
Philadelphia Premiere, Philadelphia Fringe Festival, 2014

John Eddy, Set Design
Liz Phillips, Lighting Design
Mark Valenzuela, Sound Design
Michael Long, Projection Mapping Design

"Everything about BENGAL TIGER AT THE BAGHDAD ZOO asserts the production as one of the best works in this year’s Fringe. David Girard’s direction and John Michael Eddy’s scenic design create a hostile while magical vision of Baghdad..."
 Joshua Millhouse, Phindie

Pictured: Alice Gatling (Tiger). Photo Credit: Luis Rodriguez.

Pictured: Alice Gatling (Tiger). Photo Credit: Luis Rodriguez.

Pictured: Tim Dugan (Tom), Kayla Tarpley (Prostitute), Darryl Gene Daughtry Jr. (Kev).  Photo Credit: Luis Rodriguez.

Pictured: Darryl Gene Daughtry Jr. (Kev), Tim Dugan (Tom), Alice Gatling (Tiger). Photo Credit: Luis Rodriguez.

Pictured: Ibrahim Miari.  Photo Credit: Luis Rodriguez.

Pictured: Ibrahim Miari (Musa), Charlie DeMarcelle (Uday). Photo Credit: Luis Rodriguez.

Pictured: Alice Gatling (Tiger). Photo Credit: Luis Rodriguez.

Photo Credit: Luis Rodriguez.

Photo Credit: Luis Rodriguez.

Photo Credit: Luis Rodriguez.

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Macbeth

Saratoga Shakespeare Company, 2014

"Macbeth is Brilliant... Despite the grimness of the story, the language is a joy to listen to, and the big speeches — feel at once familiar and fresh... Dugan is captivating to watch, and he and Prothro imbue their scenes together with genuine heart... the talent runs deep in this “Macbeth"...  
Steve Barnes, Times Union
"This is a first-rate production of a very difficult play ... so good you might feel guilty if you don’t drop something in the donation basket at show’s end... When a production is this focused it means a strong directorial hand is guiding the work... David Girard has not only nursed strong individual performances from his cast, he has weaved them into a cohesive whole"  
Bob Goepfert, WAMC

Pictured: Tim Dugan (Macbeth). Photo Credit: Dale Atherton-Ely

Pictured: Tim Dugan (Macbeth), Callan Suozzi-Rearic, Christine Doidge, Christine Pardos (3 Witches). Photo Credit: Dale Atherton-Ely

Pictured: Tim Dugan (Macbeth), Callan Suozzi-Rearic, Christine Doidge, Christine Pardos (3 Witches). Photo Credit: Dale Atherton-Ely

Pictured: Tim Dugan (Macbeth), Amy Prothro (Lady Macbeth). Photo Credit: Dale Atherton-Ely

Pictured: David Baecker (Banquo), Tim Dugan (Macbeth). Photo Credit: Dale Atherton-Ely

Pictured: DS, Amy Prothro (Lady Macbeth), Tim Dugan (Macbeth). US, Gina Gina Doherty, George Hider, Lucy Miller. Photo Credit: Dale Atherton-Ely.

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Marcus; Or the Secret of Sweet

The conclusion to Tarell Alvin McCraney's The Brother/Sister Plays

Temple University Mainstage, 2014

 

Pictured: Jared Manders (Marcus). Photo Credit: Luis Rodriguez. 

Pictured: Darryl Gene Daughtry, Jr. (Oshoozi Size), Jared Manders (Marcus). Photo Credit: Luis Rodriguez.

Photo Credit: Luis Rodriguez.

Pictured: Jared Manders (Marcus), Aunt Elegua. Photo Credit: Luis Rodriguez. 

Pictured: Darryl Gene Daughtry, Jr. (Oshoozi Size). Photo Credit: Luis Rodriguez.

Pictured: Edward Mawere (Ogun Size), Jared Manders (Marcus). Photo Credit: Luis Rodriguez. 

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The Merry Wives of Windsor

Saratoga Shakespeare Company, 2013

Design, Lary Opitz
Sound Design, David Girard

" "The Merry Wives of Windsor" is terrific fun for the 13th season of Saratoga Shakespeare Company... Brenny Rabine and Yvonne Perry  deliver ace performances... designed as a comedic seat-filler for Shakespeare, and director David Girard wholly embraces the opportunities... Fast-paced, accessible and funny, "The Merry Wives of Windsor" is an excellent evening of Shakespeare in the park"
Steve Barnes, Times Union
"a high-spirited affair in which the performers have so much fun, the merriment become contagious for the audience... director David M. Girard embraces the plays flaws and turns them into comic hijinks... "
Bob Goepfert, WAMC
The entire ensemble keeps the pace going... everyone has bought into Girard’s conceit — indeed, probably, in rehearsal, contributed to its development — and performs with abandon"
Paul Lamar, The Daily Gazette
 

Pictured: Brenny Rabine (Mrs. Ford), Yvonne Perry (Mrs. Page). Photo Credit: Dale Atherton-Ely.

Pictured: Brenny Rabine (Mrs. Ford), Yvonne Perry (Mrs. Page). BG: Tim Dugan (Mr. Ford). Photo Credit: Dale Atherton-Ely.

Pictured: Tim Dugan (Mr. Ford), Brenny Rabine (Mrs. Ford), Yvonne Perry (Mrs. Page). Photo Credit: Dale Atherton-Ely.

Pictured: Tim Dugan (Mr. Brook), Lary Opitz (Falstaff), Photo Credit: Dale Atherton-Ely.

Pictured; Lary Opitz (Falstaff), Amy Prothro (Mistress Quickly). Photo Credit: Dale Atherton-Ely.

Pictured: Lary Opitz (Falstaff), Photo Credit: Dale Atherton-Ely.

Pictured: Tim Dugan (Mr. Ford). Photo Credit: Dale Atherton-Ely.