David Greenspan: American actor (1956-)
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David Greenspan
American actor

David Greenspan

David Greenspan
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Intro American actor
Is Actor Stage actor
From United States of America
Field Film, TV, Stage & Radio
Gender male
Birth 1956, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Age 67 years
Residence New York City, New York, USA
Lambda Literary Award  
John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship  
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David Greenspan (born 1956) is an American actor and playwright. He is the recipient of six Obies, including an award in 2010 for Sustained Achievement.


Greenspan was born in 1956 in Los Angeles, California. He holds a B.A. in Drama from the University of California at Irvine. He lives in New York City with his long-time partner, painter William Kennon.


"A classicist in experimental clothing, David Greenspan is a playwright who is also passionately involved in the theatre as an actor and director. From his early more autobiographical plays (one of which, Principia, took inspiration from the shifting modalities of Joyce’s Ulysses) to more recent works inspired by (and at times adapted from the work of) Hawthorne, Stein, Molnar, and Thorton Wilder, Greenspan’s theatre is a place where anything can happen. Deliciously complicated, incredibly funny, the work, whether tragic, tender, mysterious or cruel, betrays a profoundly empathic imagination. Both wildly conjured and deeply attentive to diverse literary and theatrical traditionsfrom vaudeville and Greek mythology to the Bible and boulevard comedyGreenspan’s plays ask big questions about history, creation, sexual behavior, the complications of family and the very act of performing a play."

In 2009 he collaborated with Stephin Merritt of The Magnetic Fields in a musical adaptation of Neil Gaiman's Coraline, under the direction of Leigh Silverman. In an interview with Lizzie Olesker in The Brooklyn Rail, Greenspan describes the musical: "We suggest things. Not like a large animated musical. There’s no amplification of our voices. We wanted something that was more direct and immediate as opposed to something coming out of a wall of sound."

List of works


  • The Horizontal And The Vertical, world premiere HOME for Contemporary Theatre and Art, NYC, 1986
  • Dig A Hole And Bury You Father, world premiere HOME for Contemporary Theatre and Art, NYC, 1987
  • Jack, world premiere HOME for Contemporary Theatre and Art, NYC, 1987
  • Principa, world premiere HOME for Contemporary Theatre and Art, NYC, 1988
  • The Home Show Pieces, world premiere HOME for Contemporary Theatre and Art, NYC, 1988
  • 2 Samuel 11, Etc., world premiere HOME for Contemporary Theatre and Art, NYC, 1989
  • Dead Mother, Or Shirley Not All In Vain, world premiere NYSF/Public Theater, 1991
  • Dog In A Dancing School, world premiere Dance Theater Workshop, NYC, 1993
  • Son Of An Engineer, world premiere HERE Arts Center, NYC, 1993
  • Start From Scratch, world premiere New Renaissance @ Greenwich House, NYC, 1993
  • Them, world premiere Actors Theater of Louisville, 1993
  • Only Beauty, reading NYSF/The Public Theater, NYC, 1997
  • Five Frozen Embryos, world premiere New York Fringe Festival, 2002
  • She Stoops To Comedy, world premiere Playwrights Horizons, NYC, 2003
  • The Argument, world premiere Target Margin Theater, NYC, 2007
  • Old Comedy From Aristophanes' Frogs, world premiere Target Margin Theater, NYC, 2008
  • Coraline, world premiere Manhattan Class Company, NYC, 2009
  • The Myopia, an epic burlesque of tragic proportion, world premiere The Foundry Theatre, NYC, 2010
  • Go Back To Where You Are, world premiere Playwrights Horizons, NYC, 2011
  • Jump, world premiere Under The Radar Festival - NYSF/Public Theater, NYC, 2011
  • Jonas, world premiere Transport Group, NYC, 2011
  • I'm Looking For Helen Twelvetrees, world premiere Abrons Arts Center, NYC 2015
  • The Bridge of San Luis Rey, world premiere Two River Theater, Red Bank, NJ, 2018

Performance Credits


  • Cute Activist (2018), Bushwick Starr as "Landlorde"
  • Strange Interlude, Transport Group (solo performance), NYC 2017
  • Punk Rock (2014) MCC Theater as "Dr. Richard Harvey"
  • A Midsummer Night's Dream (2012) Classic Stage Company as "Francis Flute"
  • Go Back to Where You Are (2011) Playwrights Horizons as "Passalus"
  • The Patsy (2011) Transport Group performed by David Greenspan

Awards and nominations

  • 2013 Lambda Literary Award for Drama - The Myopia and Other Plays, a collection of five of his plays published by University of Michigan Press in 2012, won a Lambda Literary Award in 2013 in the Drama category.
  • 2010 Obie Award for Sustained Achievement
  • 2008 Obie Award Special Citation - The Argument
  • 2007 Obie Award for Performance - Some Men
  • 2007 Obie Award for Performance - "Faust"
  • 2003 Obie Award Special Citation - She Stoops to Comedy
  • 2002 CalArts//Alpert Awards in the Arts
  • 1996 Obie Award for Performance - Some Men by Terrence McNally
  • 2012 Off Broadway Alliance Award Nomination - Best Special Event, The Patsy
  • 2012 Outer Critics Circle Award Nomination - Outstanding Solo Performance - "The Patsy"
  • 2008 Drama League Award Nomination - Distinguished Performance Award - Beebo Brinker Chronicles
  • 2007 Lucille Lortel Award Nomination - Outstanding Featured Actor - Beebo Brinker Chronicles
  • 2007 Outer Critics Circle Award Nomination - Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play - Beebo Brinker Chronicles
  • An alumnus of New Dramatists, he has received playwriting fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, Jerome Foundation, Joyce Mertz-Gilmore Foundation and Charles Revson Foundation. He received the 1993 McKnight Fellowship from the Playwrights Center and a 2006 Lucille Lortel Foundation Fellowship.


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