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David C. Gild

Professor of Theatre

B.F.A., Carnegie Mellon University - Institute of TechnologyM.F.A., D.F.A., School of Drama, Yale University


Professor Gild, a tenured Professor of Theatre, spent his youth in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  Upon completing high school he was accepted into the Drama Department of Carnegie-Tech, where he majored in playwriting.  During his time at "Tech" he studied all aspects of theatrical production, especially stage directing.  After graduation he applied to and was accepted into the playwriting program at the Yale University School of Drama.  At Yale Professor Gild was the recipient of continuing playwriting fellowships and was appointed assistant to John Gassner, Sterling Professor of Playwriting.  At Yale Professor Gild's play, The Duel, was given a main stage production. Two shorter works, one of them a Samuel French prize-winning play, were also produced.  After earning the Master of Fine Arts, Professor Gild spent an additional year completing pre-doctoral courses.  Before relocating to New York, Professor Gild remained in Connecticut one final year teaching on the college level. While in New York he taught at various colleges and immersed himself in the New York theatre scene.  He began his association with Long Island University while teaching at LIU Brooklyn, during which time he completed his Doctor of Fine Arts from Yale, taught courses in acting, directing, theatre history, and playwriting, and found time to serve as the Associate Dean of the School of Visual and Performing Arts on site in Brooklyn and as the Chair of the Enabling Committee sponsoring an international convention on popular entertainments.  During these years his play, The Duel, was revised and produced Off-Broadway and given a staged reading at the Seattle Repertory Theatre.  His productions of  King Oedipus– for which he was awarded the LIU Trustees' Award for Scholarly Achievement—followed a year later by The Bacchae,both directed in the ancient Greek style, were considered important New York theatre events.  Professor Gild has directed numerous student productions including works of symbolism, expressionism, realism, comedy, and musicals.  Upon completing his service as Associate Dean, he transferred to LIU Post as a Professor of Theatre in the Department of Theatre, Film, and Dance where he has spent many fruitful years as teacher and faculty stage director.  Recently Professor Gild was appointed resident stage director at an established off-Broadway Theatre where he directed a number of new American plays.


Playwriting, Directing, American Theatre


  • Author, “Jacques Copeau and Shakespeare,” published in Theatre Survey
  • Author, “Antoine’s Production of King Lear,” published in the Shakespeare Encomium: The City College Papers
  • Author, “Psychodrama on Broadway: Three Plays of Psychodrama by Philip Barry,” published in The Markham Review
  • Author, “Review: ‘The White House Murder Case,’ by Jules Feiffer," published in Educational Theatre Journal
  • Author, “Review: Shakespeare In the Park ‘The Wars of the Roses,’ I, II, III ‘Henry VI,’ ‘Richard III,’” published in the American Educational Theatre Journal
  • Author, “Review: ‘Aida,’ produced by the Teatro Dell’Opera, Baths of Caracalla, Rome; ‘Manon Lescaut’ and ‘La Traviata,’ produced by the Stagione Lirica, Arena di Verona, Verona, Italy,” published in the American Educational Theatre Journal
  • Author, “Review: ‘The Trial of the Catonsville Nine,’ produced by the Phoenix Theatre,” published in the American Educational Theatre Journal
  • Author, “‘The Playmakers,’ by Arthur Cantor and Stuart W. Little,” published in The Speech Quarterly
  • Author, assignment article on Paul Ford for The American National Biography of Oxford University Press
  • Author, assignment article on Philip Barry for The American National Biography of Oxford University Press
  • Author, “A Production History of A Midsummer Night's Dream,” Essay Presented at the C.W. Post Library


  • Author, “The Duel,” main stage production at Yale School of Drama; Off-Broadway production; staged reading at Seattle Repertory Theatre
  • Author, “Act to the Four Walls,” produced at Yale University
  • Author, “Bring in the Chickens,” produced at Yale University
  • Producer-Director, “King Oedipus,” Maximus Productions, Cathedral of St. John-the-Divine, New York City
  • Producer-Director, “The Bacchae,” Cathedral of St. John-the-Divine, New York City
  • Director, “Next,” two touring companies, Theatre for the Forgotten
  • Director, “Lovers and Other Strangers,” touring company, Theatre for the Forgotten
  • Director, Dramatic Readings of Prison Poetry, touring company, Theatre for the Forgotten
  • Director, The Marriage Proposal, Off-off Broadway
  • Director, The Applicant, Off-off Broadway
  • Assistant Director, The Knight From Olmedo, Institute for Advanced Study in Theatre Arts, New York City (presented in New York City and at the Library of Congress)
  • Director, Madame Butterfly, Riggio Opera Company, New Haven, Conn.
  • Director, La Boheme, Riggio Opera Company, New Haven, Conn.
  • Director, University-level productions of “Marat/Sade,” “No Place to be Somebody,” “Bury the Dead,” “He Who Gets Slapped,” “Next,” “The Scarecrow,” “The Old Jew,” “King Ubu,” “The Sandbox,” “Streamers,” “The Silent Woman,” “Arms and the Man,” “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum,” “A Shayne Maidel” and “John Brown’s Body”
  • Director, A Change of Heart, So to Speak and Tierra Del Fuego: Medicine Show Theater Ensemble (New American Play Series)


  • Producer and Director, “Office of the Mayor,” video drama, New York City
  • Various public service TV spots featuring Mayors Edward Koch and David Dinkins, and New York City commissioners


  • Recipient, Trustees’ Award for Scholarly Achievement, Long Island University
  • Recipient, Samuel French Playwriting Prize


  • Member, Dramatists Guild of America
  • Member, Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers
  • Former Chair, Enabling Committee for an international conclave on popular entertainments, sponsored by the American Society for Theatre Research and held at The Graduate Center of the City University of New York
  • Co-founder and Former Board Member, Theatre for the Forgotten

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