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Communications Faculty

Dr. David Blakely

Associate Professor and Director, Theatre Program
Baird Hall, Room 221C
918-343-7521
dblakely@rsu.edu

 

Education

  • J.D.
    Duke University School of Law, 1992
  • M.F.A., Playwriting
    University of Iowa, 1987
  • B.F.A., General Theatre
    University of Oklahoma, 1982

Professional Experience

  • 2009-Present, Associate Professor of Communications and Director of the Theatre Program
  • 2005-2009, Assistant Professor of Communications and Director, Theatre Program
    Rogers State University, Claremore, OK
    • Taught: Humanities I, Acting, Theatre Appreciation Script Writing, Humanities I, Media Law, Acting, Script Writing, Theatre Appreciation, Voice & Articualtion

  • 2000-2005, Assistant Professor of Theatre and Director, Theatre Program
    North Carolina Wesleyan College, Rocky Mount, NC
    • Taught: Acting I-IV, Directing I & II, Theatre History I & II, Contemporary Drama [Play Structure & Analysis], Make-up I, Theatre Appreciation, Writing the Soap Opera

  • 1996-2000, Theatre Program Coordinator
    Playhouse Community Theatre, Rocky Mount, NC
    • Revitalized the Tank Theatre, a 90-seat black box, by creating, budgeting, and coordinating 3 new programs

Playwriting Experience

  • Ars Longa, Vita Ferris (ten minute play), Carpenter Square Theatre, Oklahoma City, OK, Reading, July 2009, Rogers State University, Claremore, OK, Full Production, November 2007
  • Gemstones (ten minute play) (co-authored with Knox Blakely), Sapulpa Community Theatre, Sapulpa, OK, Full Production, June 2009
  • Tales of Shoogilly(full-length drama), Alvernia University, Reading, PA, Full Production, March 2009, Southeast Theatre Conference, Arlington, VA, Reading, March 2003, Rocky Mount Arts Center, Early Stages, Rocky Mount, NC, Reading, February 1998
  • Frankenstein: The Modern Prometheus (full-length thriller), Rogers State University, Claremore, OK, Full Production, October 2008, Temple Theatre, Sanford, NC, Non-Equity Production, October 2004
  • Lime Green Jackals (full length comedy), Rogers State University, Claremore, OK, Reading, February 2008
  • Workers Dreaming (ten minute play), Rogers State University, Claremore, OK, Reading, October 2006
  • Serious Traveling (ten minute play), Rogers State University, Claremore, OK, Full Production, September, 2005
  • Wool and Milk (experimental performance piece), New Works/Irregardless, Burning Coal Theatre, Raleigh, NC, Reading, April, 2005
  • Peter Nobbins and the Christmas After (short Reader’s Theatre), NC Wesleyan College, Rocky Mount, NC, Readers Theatre Production, November 2004, Rocky Mount Arts Center, Rocky Mount, NC, Readers Theatre Production, December 1996
  • Laying Felt (full-length comedy), Burning Coal Theatre, Raleigh, NC, Reading, March, 2004, Mockingbird Theatre, Nashville, TN, Reading, April 2003
  • Wind in the Willows (full-length children’s musical) [Lyricist/composer], Temple Theatre Sanford, NC, Full Production, July 2002, Playhouse Community Theatre, Rocky Mount, NC, Full Production, July 1999
  • Domino/Placebo (related one-acts), of Domino, Rocky Mount Arts Center, Early Stages, Rocky Mount, NC, Reading, April 2000, of Placebo, Edgecombe, Community College, Tarboro, NC, Non-Equity Production, April 1996
  • Wading in a Public Fountain, (one-act romantic comedy), Rocky Mount Senior High, Rocky Mount, NC, Student Production, February 1999, University of Albuquerque’s New Play Festival, NM, University Production, March 1981

Recently Completed Plays

  • Rubber Duck (10-minute), August 2007
  • Workers Dreaming (10-minute), June 2006
  • The Light Fantastic (full-length comedy), February 2006
  • Buying a Shirt in Asheville (10-minute), December 2005
  • Serious Traveling (10-minute), May 2005
  • Current Project, Lime Green Jackals (full-length comedy)

Directing Experience

Full Productions

  • Peahens*, Rogers State University, Claremore, OK, February 2009
  • Frankenstein*, Rogers State University, Claremore, OK, October 2008
  • Take Me Out Tonight*, Rogers State University, Claremore, OK, April 2008
  • Kicking up Her Heels* and Ars Longa Vita Ferris*, Rogers State University, Claremore, OK, November 2007
  • Woodie Guthrie’s American Song, Rogers State University, Claremore, OK, November 2007
  • Terre Haute*, Rogers State University, Claremore, OK, April 2007
  • Nickel & Dimed, Rogers State University, Claremore, OK, October 2006
  • Rug Store Cowboy*, Outcome*, and On the Wings of a Butterfly* (known collectively as A New York Minute), Rogers State University, Claremore, OK, September 2006
  • Writer’s Café*, Rogers State University, Claremore, OK, February 2006
  • Witch’s Brew, Whatever Happened to Tardy McFarlane?*, and A Ghost Story (known collectively as Haunted Campus), Rogers State University, Claremore, OK, October 2005
  • Serious Traveling* and Marginalia*, Rogers State University, Claremore, OK, September 2005
  • The Fantasticks!, NC Wesleyan College, Rocky Mount, NC, February 2005
  • Five Women Wearing the Same Dress, NC Wesleyan College, Rocky Mount, NC, October 2004
  • Proof, NC Wesleyan College, Rocky Mount, NC, February 2004
  • Have a Nice Day!, NC Wesleyan College, Rocky Mount, NC, September 2003
  • Mere Mortals, NC Wesleyan College, Rocky Mount, NC, April 2003
  • The Taffetas, NC Wesleyan College, Rocky Mount, NC, September 2002
  • The Meeting, NC Wesleyan College, Rocky Mount, NC, April 2002

Reader’s Theatre

  • Out of Dust, Rogers State University, Claremore, OK, February 2007
  • Kilroy Was Here, Rogers State University, Claremore, OK, November 2005
  • Peter Nobbins and the Christmas After*, Readings at the ThinkTank!, Rocky Mount, NC, December 1999
  • A Cup of Christmas Tea, Readings at the ThinkTank!, Rocky Mount, NC, December 1998

*Original script.

Design Experience

Set, Light, and Sound Design

  • Richard III, Rogers State University, Claremore, OK, April 2009
  • Original Recipe*, Rogers State University, Claremore, OK, April 2008
  • Kicking up Her Heels* and Ars Longa Vita Ferris*, Rogers State University, Claremore, OK, November 2007
  • Terre Haute*, Rogers State University, Claremore, OK, April 2007
  • Much Ado About Nothing!, Rogers State University, Claremore, OK, March 2007
  • The Ives of April, Rogers State University, Claremore, OK, April 2006
  • Writer’s Café*, Rogers State University, Claremore, OK, February 2006
  • Kilroy Was Here, Rogers State University, Claremore, OK, November 2005
  • Witch’s Brew, Whatever Happened to Tardy McFarlane?*, and A Ghost Story (known collectively as Haunted Campus), Rogers State University, Claremore, OK, October 2005
  • Serious Traveling* and Marginalia*, Rogers State University, Claremore, OK, September 2005
  • The Taffetas, NC Wesleyan College, Rocky Mount, NC, September 2002

Light Design

  • Charlotte’s Web Musical
  • You Can’t Take it With You, Orphans
  • All in the Timing, Perihelion Theatre Company
  • Fooling Around with Infinity, Calliope Puppet Theatre
  • Clit Notes, Holly Hughes One Woman Show
  • Student Dance Concert (Winter & Spring), Faculty Dance Concert
  • Ways & Means Dance Ensemble, Collage Dance Ensemble
  • Hergeth Dance Concert, Payal Dance
  • Nina Freelon Jazz Concert, Malarme Chamber Players
  • Winston-Salem Symphony, Alex Weiss
  • Educational Video, "The Dance of the Sunshine Children”

Publications

  • Southern Theatre, Vol. 44, No. 4, Fall 2003 "Tales of Shoogilly”, Film Critic, Rocky Mount Telegram,  1999 – 2005

Conference Presentations

  • Brechtian Techniques in Buffy The Vampire Slayer, SW/TX Pop Culture Conference, February 2007.
  • Mining the Scene, Playwriting Techniques, Oklahoma Region II, KC/ACTF, November, 2006.
  • Physical Acting Techniques, OSTCA Convention, September, 2006.
  • In’s & Out’s of the 10-Minute Play, OSTCA Convention, September, 2005.
  • Roundtable: Teachers of Playwriting, Southeast Theatre Conference, March 2005.

Service

College

  • Member, Marketing Committee, Academic Years 2006 – 2009.
  • Head, Ad Hoc Committee on Auditorium Renovation, November 2006 – April 2007.
  • Reader, "Holiday on the Hill,” Rogers State University, November, 2006.
  • Reader/Musician, "Salute to Shakespeare,” Rogers State University, April, 2006.
  • Reader, "Break the Silence,” Gay/Straight Alliance, April, 2006
  • Reader, "MLK, Jr. Tribute,”, Rogers State University, January, 2006.
  • Member, Search and Screening Committee for Music, Spring, 2006.
  • Member, CFA Communications Committee, Academic Years 2006 – 2009 [projected].
  • Member, Marketing Committee, Academic Years 2006 – 2008.
  • Member, Marketing Committee, Academic Years 2005 – 2006 [replacement].
  • Ex Officio Member, CFA Communications Committee, Academic Year 2005 – 2006.
  • Reader, "Holiday on the Hill,” Rogers State University, November, 2005.
  • Speaker, Destination RSU, Rogers State University, October, 2005.
  • Faculty Advisor, Student Theatre Organization, Rogers State University, August 2005 – present.

Community

  • Reader, "Crossing Borders”, University of Tulsa & Nimrod International, April, 2007.
  • Mentor, KCACTF Region VI, for ten-minute play, "The Tipping Point”  March, 2007.
  • Reader, "Healing Arts” Performance, Hillcrest Medical Center & Nimrod International, July, 2006.
  • Board Member, Rogers County Arts & Humanities Association [RCaha], Spring 2006 – present.
  • Member, Theatre Committee, RCaha, May 2006 – present.
  • Speaker, Boy Scout Troop # 970, Broken Arrow, May, 2006.
  • Member, Logo Committee, RCaha, Spring 2006.
  • Member of Editorial Board, Nimrod International Journal, Spring 2006 – present.
  • Site Supervisor, 1A/2A Northeast Regional Speech And Debate Championships, March 2006.
  • Director/Coordinator, "Kilroy Was Here, Claremore Veterans Center, November, 2005.
  • Critique Judge, Class 2A Regional One-Act Play Festival, October, 2005.

Honors & Awards

  • Semi-finalist, Summer Shorts 4, Williston, ND, for Gemstones, May 2009
  • Finalist, Seven Devils Playwrights Conference, for Lime Green Jackals, April 2009  
  • Kennedy Center, Playwright Intensive, July 2007
  • NCTAE Playworks, Playwright in Residence, September 2003
  • Winner, NeST Festival, Mockingbird Theatre for Laying Felt, April 2003
  • Charles M. Getchell New Play Award for Tales of Shoogilly, 2003
  • Judge, Paul Green Playwright’s Prize (sponsored by NCWN), 1997
  • Honorary Mention, North Carolina Playwriting Fellowship, 1997
  • Durham Arts Council Emerging Artists Grant, for Playwriting, 1996
  • Lawton Arts & Humanities Council Commission, History Theater Project, 1986
  • Christina Crawford National Playwriting Award, Semi-Finalist, 1986
  • Pioneer Play Award, University of Iowa, 1985
  • Norman Arts and Humanities Council, Local Playwright Grant, 1981

Professional Memberships

  • Dramatists Guild, Associate Member
  • Founding Member, Burning Coal Playwrights Lab
  • Oklahoma Speech, Theatre, Communications Association
  • Theatre Communications Group