Derek Davidson is a playwright, director, and AEA actor.


He was an Associate Artistic Director for the Barter Theatre in Virginia and Coordinator for the Appalachian Festival of Plays and Playwrights, where his play The Road Where it Curves Away won “Best Play” in the 2004 festival.  Davidson wrote and directed the independent feature film This is Not the South which played at numerous festivals, and won ‘Best Feature’ in the Southern Appalachian Film Festival 2009, ‘Best Film’ in Skyfest 2009, and ‘Best Tennessee Film’ in the Secret City Film Festival.  His neo-noir play Bumbershoot premiered at the 2012 New York International Fringe Festival, and was e-published by as one of the best new scripts of 2012.  Davidson’s published play Jack of Dover was first produced by the Wing and Groove Theatre in Chicago, and most recently by the Filling Station Theatre in Albuquerque in 2012.  

He is artistic director of In/Visible Theatre in Boone, NC, which produced a premiere of his show, Groundwork, in 2013.  Groundwork has subsequently been produced in four states, winning a repeat booking in the United Solo Festival in New York City.  His bilingual (English/American Sign Language) work Without Words, an adaptation of Susan Schaller's book A Man Without Words, was commissioned by An Appalachian Summer Festival in Boone, NC, in July of 2015. That organization also commissioned and premiered his newest play Mauzy for the 2016 festival. 


Davidson has taught dramaturgy at Carnegie Mellon University, and currently teaches playwriting and dramatic literature at Appalachian State University.  He has a BFA in acting from Florida State University, an MA in theatre with an emphasis in playwriting  from Miami University (Oxford, OH), and a Ph.D in Theatre History and Criticism from University of Washington.



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