David Roby, a professional actor and director as well as a playwright and screenwriter, is a member of both the Actor’s Equity Association and the Dramatist’s Guild. His play The Lightly Attended Funeral of the Amateur Radio Operator was recently produced at the annual Ten for Tenn Festival in Athens, Tennessee. Arts and Science won the 2006 Jean Kennedy Smith Playwriting Award and was published in Blackbird Journal. So was Unseen Character, a play about characters referred to, but not seen on stage, in Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie. His interest in Williams led to his current one-man show (in which he plays eleven characters!), now creating a buzz in the theatre world; Sometimes There's God So Quickly chronicles Roby’s travels throughout the Mississippi Delta interviewing people who knew the late playwright. After receiving the B.F.A. at the North Carolina School of the Arts and the M.F.A. at Illinois State University, he continued his studies in acting and playwriting at Oxford University, the Wooly Mammoth Theatre School in Washington, D. C., and the Playwrights’ Intensive at the John F. Kennedy Center. Roby has served as a Graduate Professor in Acting, Oral Interpretation, and Experiencing Theatre at Illinois State University, Artist-in-Residence at Oklahoma City University, and instructor in playwriting at Sewanee: The University of the South. His honors include the 2008 John N. Wall Fellowship, the 2009 Tennessee Williams Scholarship in Playwriting at the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, as well as a residency at Endstation Theatre in Sweet Briar, Virginia, and the Tennessee Williams Fellow in Playwriting at the University of the South from 2010 to 2012. Currently, Roby teaches playwriting and directing at Miles College in Birmingham, Alabama. To learn more about Roby and his work visit www.davidroby.com.
"I loved teaching at the Sewanee Young Writers' Conference. My class was eager and hungry and attentive. The atmosphere was electric. Not only did we spend much time on the plot and structure of our plays, but we also spent a lot of time investigating our characters' wants and desires. We learned to place our characters in extreme situations where the overall conflict could only grow even greater. We built a history for our characters, but we also built a history with each other. We grew as artists. We grew as playwrights. The time was simply magical."