Director, The Program in Educational Theatre
Phone: (212) 998-5869
David Montgomery is a specialist in drama education, theatre for young audiences, directing, teacher training and integrated arts. As an actor and singer, David performed in numerous professional venues before working as a k-12 teaching artist in New York City and full time middle school drama teacher at I.S. 292 in Brooklyn, New York. Dr. Montgomery is the advisor for the Program in Educational Theatre’s dual certification degree in Theatre and Social Studies, (ETSS), as well as for summer-only students (EDTC).
Dr. Montgomery has directed study abroad programs in London, Puerto Rico, Brazil and Dublin. He is the artistic director of the New Play for Young Audiences (NPYA) series at the Provincetown Playhouse, a project where three new plays written by leading playwrights for young audiences are developed every summer. He has also directed the Looking for Shakespeare (LFS) Program, where High school students work with him and graduate students from NYU to shape an original production of Shakespeare. Other directorial credits include: Little Shop of Horrors, book and lyrics by Howard Ashman, music by Alan Menken, based on the film by Roger Corman, screenplay by Charles Griffith (2014, Program in Educational Theatre); Salvation Road by D.W. Gregory (2012, Program in Educational Theatre); (Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing (2012, LFS), Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale (2011, LFS); Walking Toward America by Sandra Fenichel Asher (2012, Theatre of the Seventh Sister, Lancaster, PA and 2012 NPYA); The Giver by Eric Coble from the story by Lois Lowry (2009. Program in Educational Theatre); Nasty by Ramon Esquivel (2009, NPYA); Kindertransport by Diane Samuels (2008, Program in Educational Theatre), Stories from the Magic Lake (2006, Program in Educational Theatre) and Folktale Journey: Old Stories Told in New Ways (2004, Program in Educational Theatre). He has worked with Outlaws and Justice, an organization that infuses a dynamic interdisciplinary curriculum into middle school classrooms, using drama to help students make meaning of history and ELA, and currently sits on the Arts Education Committee of the NYC Department of Education and The Moth Education Committee.
Dr. Montgomery has written journal articles and collaborated on two chapters in Teaching US History: Dialogues Among Social Studies Teachers and Historians published by Routledge (2009). In 2012 he published a book that he co-wrote with with Dr. Robert Landy, Director of the Drama Therapy at NYU, from Palgrave Macmillan entitled, Theatre for Change: Education, Social Action, Therapy. He has coordinated numerous international conferences that include chairing the NYU Forum on the Teaching Artist (2014) and the NYU Forum on Citizenship and Applied Theatre (2011). David continues to present papers and facilitate workshops at a variety of conferences around the globe, including a lecture for National Drama International's conference entitled Heathcote Reconsidered (2014), an event which brought together participants from around the world to Greenwich University in London to reflect on the pedagogy and philosophy of educational drama leader Dorothy Heathcote, and share related practices and research.