"If culture is a conversation, then the works of David Grimm are a roaring dinner party." —American Theatre Magazine
DAVID GRIMM was born in 1965 in Oberlin, Ohio, raised in Rehovot, Israel, and has been a resident of Brooklyn, New York, for almost thirty years. He is a Playwright, Screenwriter, Lyricist, Actor, and Teacher. A proud member of the Dramatists' Guild, the Writer's Guild, and an alumnus of New Dramatists, David has taught playwriting and screenwriting at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, Columbia University, Yale University's School of Drama, Brown University, and Primary Stages.
David started writing plays in Junior High and High School. While attending Sarah Lawrence College, he wrote and directed Three Hand Solitaire which starred a yet-unknown Julianna Margulies, followed by a dark comedy entitled ...And Then There Were Nuns! His first play seen in NYC, The Eiffel Tower & Other Dreams was performed at Phebe's Tavern & Grill on the Bowery in 1987. This was followed by Rearing Heads, starring David Drake, and Living Expenses at various downtown holes in the wall. His plays Once In Elysium and I Wake Up Screaming! were both seen at Carnegie-Mellon University in workshop productions.
In 1993, David served as Literary Manager of Wiliamstown Theatre Festival and adapted Enough Rope: A Celebration of Dorothy Parker in Her Own Words, which starred Elaine Stritch. In 1996 his play edgar won both the Julie Harris Playwright Award and the Panowski Award (which garnered him a production at Northern Michigan University). The Ballad of Lily From Hell was workshopped at NY Stage & Film in 1998. His one-act plays, Theatrophy and Killing Hilda, were performed by adobe and Stage Q, respectively.
Kit Marlowe was produced by the Joseph Papp Public Theatre/NY Shakespeare Festival and Sheridan Or, Schooled In Scandal by La Jolla Playhouse in 2000. The Public Theatre commissioned The Savages of Hartford, which was seen as part of Hartford Stage's Brand: New Festival. Hartford Stage produced The Learned Ladies of Park Avenue and Chick, The Great Osram, both directed by Michael Wilson. Measure For Pleasure (NY Public Theatre) and Steve & Idi (Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre) were both developed at the Sundance Theatre Lab. City Theatre commissioned This Fabulous Shadow (a play about the poet Hart Crane), and Manhattan Theatre Club produced the world premiere of Tales From Red Vienna. Seattle Rep premiered Ibsen in Chicago. Perseverance in Alaska premiered his Roundabout commissioned translation of Cyrano de Bergerac.
David is the recipient of a Helen Merrill Mid-Career Playwright Award, an NEA/TCG Residency Grant and has received further commissions from the Roundabout Theatre Company, Lincoln Center Theatre, Huntington Theatre Company, and Hartford Stage. His plays are published by Dramatists Play Service.