David Valdes

David Valdes, theater faculty

General Info


Associate Professor of Theater



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I emphasize the core elements of storytelling—character, conflict, and motion—and the way our stories speak to universal questions. We'll play with a variety of modes that offer students a toolkit for crafting stories in their own voices.

David Valdes joined the Conservatory in 2017 as an associate professor of theater, and teaches playwriting in the contemporary theater program.

Valdes is the author of plays which have been staged across the United States and abroad. His work has been seen with Huntington Theatre Company, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Portland Stage, New York Theatre Workshop, Actor's Theatre of Charlotte, the Humana Festival, and others.

Recent productions include his play The Mermaid Hour, which received a National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere with Milagro Theatre, Borderlands Theater, Mixed Blood Theatre, and Actor's Theatre of Charlotte, all in 2018. His play Up the Ladder Down the Slide is a 2019 Eugene O'Neill Finalist and is featured in the Orlando Shakes PlayFest. The Last Catastrophist, developed by Company One and Huntington Theatre Company, will receive dual premieres in 2020 with Fresh Ink and Transformation Theatre Company. His play Brave Navigator is published by Samuel French, and he is the author of four books, including Homo Domesticus: Notes from a Same-Sex Marriage.         

Professional Awards and Recognitions

  • National New Play Showcase (2016)
  • Cimientos Fellowship (2015)
  • Generations Prize for Playwriting (2014)
  • Brother Thomas Fellowship (2011)
  • EST/Sloan Project Commission (2004, 2006, 2013)
  • Midwest Theatre Network National New Play Competition (1997)

Recent Engagements

  • Up the Ladder, Down the Slide (Orlando Shakes PlayFest, 2019)—Playwright
  • Downtown Crossing (Workshop: Company One and Boston Public Library, 2019)
  • Wandaleria (Rochester Repertory, 2019)—Playwright
  • The Mermaid Hour (Milagro Theatre, Borderlands Theatre, and Mixed Blood Theatre, 2018)
  • The Last Catastrophist (Huntington Theatre Company and Company One Fellowship, 2017 workshops)