Michigan State University
Michigan State University
Department of Theatre
David Grindle


DavidGrindleLG.jpgGuest Instructor of Stage Management (2009)

David Grindle created the Stage Management Program at Indiana which includes training not only plays and musicals, but ballet, opera, and modern dance stage management. Graduates of the program have gone on to work at ACT, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, The Public Theatre, Blue Man Group, LA Opera, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Indiana Repertory Theatre, The Kennedy Center, and other regional theatres and opera houses.

David speaks frequently at conferences on the role and training of stage managers, particularly in opera and other musical genres. He serves as Vice-Commissioner for Programming for the Management Commission of USITT as well as a mentor in the USITT Stage Management Mentoring Project.

In 2007-08 he was the Chair of the committee drafting standards and core competencies for BFA Stage Management Degrees which was approved unanimously by USITT and is currently in the national adoption process for the National Association of Schools of Theatre. He also helped negotiate the current AEA/URTA agreement in effect through 2010.

He is a member of the Opera America International Production and Technical Committee, Production Managers Forum, and the Stage Managers Association as well as a trustee for the Bloomington Area Arts Council. A contributor to Lawrence Stern’s text Stage Management for both the 7th and 8th editions he has also had articles published in Voices the Opera America Singer Newsletter and THE HEADSET, a publication of the Stage Managers Association.

In 2007 he partnered with Edmonton Opera in Canada and led group of students researching remote scenic storage for the company based on potential rental income and company partnerships. Also in 2007 he developed a course in Spectacle Management culminating in students touring theatres and shadowing stage managers at Cirque du Soleil, Phantom of the Opera, and Blue Man Group in Las Vegas. A relationship with Walt Disney World is also being developed to explore the challenges of theme park entertainment management including on site observation and coursework.