David Morgan received his undergraduate degree in Theatre Studies from Brigham Young University. He graduated from the National Theatre Conservatory in Denver with a Master of Fine Arts in Acting and did his internship with the Denver Center Theatre Co.
Professor Morgan has completed nine seasons as Artistic Director/Manager of Gold Rush Productions. He has worked with the Arvada Center for the Performing Arts, Commonwealth Theatre Co. in Minnesota, Tuacahn Theatre, Provo Theatre Company, Actors Repertory Theatre Ensemble, and the Hale Center Theatre. He has directed at the College of Eastern Utah and Utah Valley University as well as taught with the Oswego Theatre Institute in New York.
He has been on the full-time faculty with the BYU Theater and Media Arts Department for 30 years. In 1998, David was selected from nearly 1,000 professors nominated by graduating seniors to receive the Student Award for Excellence in Teaching. He has taught all levels of acting courses, speech and diction, vocal production and improvisational acting. He is also an expert in dance, yoga, and stage combat.
He has directed many productions in Utah, Colorado, and Alaska, such as Beauty and the Beast, Guys and Dolls, Of Mice and Men, Into the Woods, A Man for all Seasons, Caucasian Chalk Circle, and he has been seen on stages in Utah, Minnesota, California and Colorado, including Sundance, the National Theatre Conservatory, and Walt Disney. He has also performed in the Kid's Stuff Theatre Troupe and Tele-productions.
As a student of Tad Z. Danielevski and other outstanding trainers, he has shared his expertise by conducting workshops and presentations in the State University of New York, Pottsdam College, and ATHE. He was honored as a Direct Regional Semi-Finalist in the Kennedy Center American Theatre Festival.
Research InterestsMask Making, Mask Performance, Creating adaptations for Mask Performance
Teaching InterestsMovement and Masks, Acting, Directing
Licenses and Certifications
- Society of American Fight Directors (1993 - Present)
Honors and Awards
- KCACTF Invited Production, Elephant Man, Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (2012 - 2012)
- Other, Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (2013 - 2013)