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David Roby, a professional actor and director as well as a playwright and screenwriter, is a member of the Actors’ Equity Association and the Dramatists Guild. His play 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 one-man show (in which he plays nineteen characters!); produced most recently at Seacoast Repertory Theater in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, 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 the Tennessee Williams Fellow in Playwriting at the University of the South from 2010 to 2012. 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. Currently, Roby is Artist-in-Residence at University of Alabama at Birmingham Arts in Medicine and the acting and playwriting teaching artist at U.A.B.'s ArtPlay. To hear Roby speak about his work with patients, visit

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