David Blakely


David Blakely is a playwright, director, actor, musician, songwriter, and the Playwright-in-Residence emeritus for Heller Theatre Company of Tulsa, OK. His full-length plays include Trade Privileges, The Deaths of Sybil Bolton, The Light Fantastic, For Your Examination, Frankenstein (a Kennedy Center Mark Cohen Award finalist), Tales of Shoogilly (a SETC Getchell Award Winner), Enemy of the People [adapted from the Ibsen play], and Hank the Cow Dog and Monkey Business (a musical based on John R. Erickson’s book).  His short plays include “Hot Water Chocolate Cake” (chosen for the Mid America Theatre Conference), “… The Oceans Would Be Full,” “Ars Longa Vita Ferris,” “The Next Blue Moon”, “7 Doorways/7 Stories,” and many more.    He has received recognition for his direction of The Curious Case of the Dog in the Night-time, and Four Ways to Die.  He earned an MFA from the Iowa Playwrights Workshop. He is Theatre Program Director at Rogers State University.



Full Length

Enemy of the People (full-length adaptation), American Theatre Company, Tulsa, OK,   October 2021

Wind in the Willows (full-length children’s musical) [Lyricist/composer],   Clark Youth Theatre, Tulsa, OK,   June 2021

  Temple Theatre Sanford, NC,   July 2002

  Playhouse Community Theatre, Rocky Mount, NC,  July 1999

The Deaths of Sybil Bolton (full length), Heller Theatre Company, Tulsa, OK,  November 2019

The Light Fantastic (full length play),  Heller Theatre Company, Tulsa, OK,  May 2017


Trade Privileges (one act), Heller Theatre Company, Tulsa, OK,   April 2019

Four Ways to Die (one act), Heller Theatre Company, Tulsa, OK,  April 2018

Short Plays

Ars Longa, Vita Ferris (ten minute play), Heller Theatre, Tulsa, OK,  August 2019

Northwest Arkansas Community College, Bentonville,  AK, October 2015   (Audience Favorite)         

Heller Theatre, Tulsa, OK,   September 2014

Attention (short play), Rogers State University, Claremore, OK,  November 2016

Heller Theatre, Tulsa, OK, Full Production (Audience Favorite)  July 2016

Performance Pieces

For Your Examination (Full length Performance piece) Co-written with Anna Hudson, Itinerant Theatre, Lake Charles, LA   June 2018

 Living Arts Contemporary Gallery, Tulsa, OK,  May 2016

7 Stories, 7 Doorways (collaborative artists site specific Performance piece)

  Co-written with Anna Hudson, Doorway #3  The River Hope, Tulsa, OK, Full Production        June 2016


The Hot Water Cycle (Serialized full-length)

Heller Theatre Company, Tulsa, OK, Second Sunday Serials Reading        November 2019- January 2020

The Fall and Rise of Benjamin Moss (Serialized one act)

Heller Theatre Company, Tulsa, OK, Second Sunday Serials Reading             October 2018- March 2019