David Bisaha is an Assistant Professor of Theatre History and Theory at Binghamton University. He comes to Binghamton from the University of Pittsburgh, where he received his PhD in Theatre Arts and Performance Studies in 2015 and where he taught courses in theater history, performance, dramatic literature, and theatrical collaboration. David's research interests include design history, theater historiography, the relationship between cognitive studies and performance, directing theory, and memory studies.
At Binghamton, David teaches theatre history and acting/directing theory in the MA and BA programs. He is affiliate faculty with the Material and Visual Worlds Transdisciplinary Area of Excellence (TAE), and the acting curator of the Theatre Collection.
David's articles and reviews have appeared in Text and Presentation, Theatre Journal, Theatre Survey, and Etudes. His book project, "The History of the Modern Scene Design Process," examines the development of modern scenic design praxis among twentieth-century designers and artists in interwar New York City. David's research studies artists' studio and collaborative practices in relationship to the technologies and institutions of performance. He is also currently pursuing research on the technology of 1920s light, sound, and water installations, the modelmaking tradition in the theatre, and the acquisition of technical and artistic skill in higher education pedagogy.
In 2014, David received an award from the American Theatre and Drama Society funding his research in the archives of United Scenic Artists Local 829. He was also an invited seminar participant in the 2014 Mellon School for Theatre and Performance Research at Harvard University, "Locations of Theater." His dissertation research was funded by an Andrew W. Mellon Predoctoral Fellowship. David has presented his research at the American Society for Theatre Research, Association for Theatre in Higher Education, Mid-America Theatre Conference and Comparative Drama Conference, and serves on committees with the American Society for Theatre Research and the Association for Theatre in Higher Education.
David is also a director and lighting designer. At Pittsburgh, his production work included Compleat Female Stage Beauty, Sparagmos, One Act, and Chad Curtiss...Lost Again! (Direction) and boom, Matt & Ben, WASP, Cleansed, and All in the Timing (Lighting Design). David has worked with the Center for Talented Youth as an administrator and teacher of writing and drama, and as literary assistant and dramaturg at the Florida Studio Theatre (Pure Confidence, Outlaws & Angels) and the Philadelphia Theatre Company.
Education & Training
- University of Pittsburgh, PhD Theatre and Performance Studies, 2015
- University of Pittsburgh, MA in Theatre Arts and Performance Studies, 2010
- The College of William and Mary, BA - English/Theatre, 2007