David Crespy Banner

About Me

I'm an associate professor of playwriting in MU's Department of Theatre, where I teach playwriting, acting, theatre history, theory, and dramatic literature. I serve as Artistic Director of the Missouri Playwrights Workshop and as Co-Director of the MU Writing For Performance Program.

Here's my CV and my Bio.

I have served as the Region V Chair for the National Playwriting Program of the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, as well as the Chair of the Playwriting Program for the Association for Theatre in Higher Education and the Playwrights Symposium of the Mid-America Theatre Conference and I am resident playwright with First Run Theatre, Inc. in St. Louis. I'm the author of Off-Off-Broadway Explosion (Back Stage Books, 2003), which is a book about the 1960s Off-Off-Broadway movement, and the regional alternative theatre movement of today. I'm busy completing my bookabout Richard Barr, the producer of Edward Albee's plays, titled He Had to Hock His House: Richard Barr, the Playwright's Producer. It's under contract to be published by Southern Illinois University Press in Sept. 2012.

You can find my short play Beshert in Michael Wright's excellent book on playwriting—Playwriting Master Class (Heinemann, 2000), as well as my ideas on dreamwork for playwriting, which is one of my major areas of interest. Gary Garrison also included another short play of mine, Perfect Hair, in his terrific book on ten-minute plays, Perfect Ten (Heinemann, 2001). My current creative projects include a William & Bettie: A Civil War Romance, Wallace's Line, a play about a Kansas Science teacher, and a comedy about an aging Hollywood actress titled The Sudden Glide.