David Schein: 802-640-4639 [email protected]
MANAGEMENT: In 1969, I cofounded my first theater company, the Growtofski-based Iowa Theatre Lab and later, in 1973, with Bob Ernst and John O'Keefe in Berkeley we founded the Blake St. Hawkeyes. The Hawkeyes were self-managing sharing the responsibilities of book-keeping, grant-writing, publicity and booking. In Chicago from 1991-2003 I served as Artistic and subsequently Executive Director of Free Street Programs from 1991-2003 working with a team to develop and sustain theater and creative writing programs for inner city youth, In 2002 I cofounded the Awassa Children's Center an arts-based orphanage and vocational training center in Ethiopia and the Awassa AIDS Education Circus, now known throughout Ethiopia as One Love HIV/AIDS Awareness Theater. In 2003 I became the Executive Director of two affiliated 501(c3) s, The Arts Council for Chautauqua County (NY) and the Reg Lenna Civic Center, a 1,250 seat theatre in Jamestown, NY. In 2010 I moved to Vermont to become the Executive Director of the Willowell Foundation whose mission is to provide place-based educational programs. Presently I direct the Vermont Poisitive Living Coalition which provides advocacy and support for HIV Positive Vermonters. My scope of management experience ranges from real estate development, and theater management to developing and funding a wide variety of arts and community-based programs.
ARTS EDUCATION/COMMUNITY OUTREACH: Since 1992 I have been immersed in all aspects of the field of Arts in Education. In Chicago we developed theater and writing programs for parenting and pregnant teens, jobs programs in theater for teens (TeenStreet), programs for hospitalized children and theatre programs for seniors. In Western NY as director of the Arts Council for Chautauqua County we developed Ripley Writes which integrates creative writing throughout the Ripley NY school district, developed the Jamestown Public Art Commission and established with Dennis Drew WRFA-LP, Radio for the Arts - the only radio station in the US operated by a local Arts Council. We developed arts programs in schools and community organizations and managed the Reg Lenna Civic Center a 1,250 seat theater focusing on youth and community performances. We established the One Love AIDS/HIV Awareness Theater in Awassa Ethiopia and founded the Awassa Children's Center, an orphanage for children who have lost their parents to AIDS. I have served as adjunct faculty at the the Naropa Institute and Burlington College, on the faculty of Vermont Governor's Institute for the Arts and have given workshops at UC Santa Cruz, Middlebury College and Brown University.
ART: I write direct and perform plays, musicals, sound-pieces, street performances, radio pieces and solo works. My opera, TOKENS: a Play on the Plague won 4 Hollywood Dramalogue and Bay Area Critic's Awards. I have developed works for theaters in Germany and France, have toured Europe and Canada as a director and performer, and have performed my solo work MYethiOPIA in California, Chicago and Vermont. My solo piece Out Comes Butch has been produced by the Guthrie Theater, and in theaters and clubs throughout the USA and Europe. Meanwhile the AIDS Education Circus I founded in Ethiopia has peformed for hundreds of thousands of people. My passion is to create new work - and to do that I've collaborated with people at all levels of show-biz, Broadway, the "avant-garde" and community arts . Currrently I am performing solo works, MYethiOPIA and Infarcation, Jim Nisbet's Note From Earth, John O'Keefe's The Man in the Moon, as well as reading from selective works, My Murder and Other Local News and The Adoption. Writing Commisssions include Blake and Me and the Universe, produced by M. A. K. E. at Theater Im Pumpenhaus in Munster Germany in Feb- March 2020 and TRUMPUBU REX: The Apology, to be performed by Schein at the Demokratie Festival in Munster in Janurary 2021.