Job Title: 
Director of Theatre Arts, Senior Lecturer
Department: 
Department of Performing Arts & Visual Culture
Office: 
LBR-A303
Phone: 
585.475.2832

David Munnell is Director of Theatre Arts and Senior Lecturer at the Rochester Institute of Technology.  He holds a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Delaware and an M.F.A. in Directing from Florida State University.   Professor Munnell has worked consistently in professional theatre for over 30 years as an actor, director, playwright and Artistic Director.  He also has nearly 25 years of teaching experience having taught at CUNY Brooklyn, SUNY Fredonia, The University of Minnesota-Guthrie Theatre BFA Program, SUNY Geneseo, and now RIT.  Professor Munnell’s creative scholarship interests lie in the theory and practice of acting, and in dramatic theory as applied to acting, directing and writing.  On campus, Professor Munnell has directed several productions including presentations for the 2012 Strindberg Symposium and the 2013 “From Russia With Love” Symposium.  Professor Munnell recently served on President Destler’s Performing Arts Task Force and remains actively involved in the continued development of the CLA’s Theatre program and curriculum.  He is currently writing a book on acting and the final draft of his fourth screenplay.

Selected Courses Offered
Introduction to Theatre
Dramatic Theory and Text Analysis
Theatre Ensemble
Theory and History of Acting
American Theatre
Playwrighting
History and Theory of Comedy

Recent Productions
Death of a Salesman Actor (Willy Loman) Blackfriars Theatre
Proof Actor Blackfriars Theatre
The Rocky Horror Show Director Rochester Institute of Technology
How I Learned to Drive Director Rochester Institute of Technology
The Marriage of Bette and Boo Director Rochester Institute of Technology
Relatively Speaking Director JCC CenterStage
The Grand Inquisitor Director Rochester Institute of Technology
August:  Osage County Actor JCC CenterStage
Les Saltimbanques Actor Independent Film/Price Productions
Uncle Vanya Director Rochester Institute of Technology
Working Actor JCC CenterStage
Playing with Fire Director Rochester Institute of Technology
Frog and Toad Actor Rochester Children’s Theatre