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david bisahaDavid Bisaha

Assistant Professor

Office: Fine Arts 222
(607) 777-2094

Theatre History and Theory
PhD, 2015, University of Pittsburgh

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

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 BeautySparagmosOne 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 ConfidenceOutlaws & Angels) and the
Philadelphia Theatre Company.

Last Updated: 12/14/17