Pandemic Selfie, Summer, 2020

DAVID SIMPATICO is a playwright, librettist and performance artist whose work has been presented at major theatres around the globe, including London’s Hammersmith Apollo, Lincoln Center, Williamstown Theatre Festival, and the New York Shakespeare Festival. Career highlights include: the stage adaptation of High School Musical (Disney Theatricals;) the grand opera, The Life and Death(s) of Alan Turing (Justine Chen, composer;) the music drama, The Screams of Kitty Genovese (Will Todd, composer;) and the libretto for Pulitzer Prize-winner Aaron J. Kernis’ choral symphony, Garden of Light, commissioned by Michael Eisner and The Disney Company (NY Philharmonic, conducted by Kurt Masur).  

Currently adapting Robert Bloch’s That Hell-Bound Train as a jazz opera with composer Lisa DeSpain, David is also finishing Rose of Sharon, a concept album about the end of the world (Heather Christian, composer and co-lyricist.) Three new non-musical plays are currently being shopped around: X-Gay Bar, Wilde About Whitman, and Waiting for the Ball to Drop. David recently earned his MFA in Creative Writing from the MountainView Writers at Southern New Hampshire University. He is an alumnus of the CLDP at American Lyric Theater, and a graduate of Northwestern University. Along with playwright Darrah Cloud, he runs Howl Playwrights, in Rhinebeck, NY where he lives with his husband, Robert and his dog, Elmo.

Elaine Devlin, at Elaine Devlin Literary
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MFA, Creative Writing, 2017; Southern New Hampshire University

Jonathan Larson Foundation, Awards Committee (Reader), 2018

Dutchess Partners in the Arts Review Panel, 2018

NYSCA Grant: The Life and Death(s) of Alan Turing (Opera: 2016)

Arch Grant: The Life and Death(s) of Alan Turing (Opera: 2015)

Opera Commission, American Lyric Theatre: 2012-13

Resident Artist, American Lyric Theatre, CLDP fellow: 2010

The Screams of Kitty Genovese Outstanding New Musical Talkin’Broadway Summer Theatre Festival Citation 2006

Winner—Act One/SHOWTIME Festival, Los Angeles: May ‘94

John Kraajikamp Musical Theatre Award: Nominee, Best Script, High School Musical (Holland)

The Audience, Drama Desk Nomination, Best Musical, 2005

The Screams of Kitty Genovese Runner Up Best New Musical NY Musical Theatre Festival 2006 

Ft. Worth Gay/Lesbian Film Festival: Wish Fulfillment 2006

Brooklyn Museum of Art, guest artist 

Lark Playwrights Workshop Fellow, w/Arthur Kopit: 2002

National Alliance of Music Theatre Conference, 2001

Lark Theatre, Artist in Residence, 2000

O’Neill National Music Theatre Conference, 2000, ‘99

English National Opera Works: 2000, 99

Jonathan Larson Performing Arts Foundation, 2000

Emerging Playwright, Urban Stages, ’99

Sloan Foundation/EST New Play Commission:  ’99 

OperaLab Fellow, Kent, England: ‘98

Franklin Furnace Peer Group Panel Judge–’94-’95

Franklin Furnace Emerging Artist Grant

MacDowell Colony; Edward Albee Foundation; Yaddo–Fellowship

Guest Artist–Syracuse University; Dartmouth College

New York Public Library–Guest Artist  1992

Elmo, at six months old

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