David Lee, who has spent the past half a dozen years as associate director of new-play development at Orlando Shakespeare Theater and as an assistant professor of theater at UCF, is leaving those posts to return to New York, where he’ll teach and direct.
He’ll leave at the end of UCF’s spring semester, which closes at the beginning of May. Orlando Shakes’ current season ends around the same time.
At Shakespeare, David has worked extensively on PlayFest (coming up April 8-17). He has directed a number of shows, including Shotgun (2010), The Glass Menagerie (2008) and the recent A Midsummer Night’s Dream. And he’s acted at Orlando Shakes (Opus, 2008) and lots of other places around town; he’s known especially for his Fringe show Pie-Face!, about Anita Bryant, and for the title role in Hedwig and the Angry Inch, which he played in Orlando, Tampa and Fort Lauderdale.
AT UCF he directed The Chimes, Margot Veil, Urinetown and Don Juan Comes Back From the War.
David says he’s going to return to teaching at Marymount Manhattan College, where he has worked in the past, and has some directing opportunities in the works.
On a personal note, I’ve known David for 20-plus years and have been reviewing him since he was a high-school student playing bad-boy Tommy Djilas in The Music Man. Here’s wishing him all the best.