David Smith

Librettist Playwright Lyricist
Highlights

Born in Atlanta GA, educated at Duke, Penn and Columbia U. Creative Writing Center.  Graduate of Nautilus Music-Theater Composer-Librettist Studio.  Member, Opera America.  Trustee, Minnesota Opera and member of its New Works Initiative.

Plays: GRACE (2nd prize National History Play Contest, grant from Arch & Bruce Brown Foundation;  two productions in FL); MAN WITH BLUE GUITAR (workshop production with Asolo Conservatory); WALLACE STEVENS AT KEY WEST (winner, Florida Playwrights Process Award, production at Eckerd Theater Company).

Libretti: DYNAMITE BOB (adaptation of GRACE); MAN WITH BLUE GUITAR (chamber opera adaptation); MASTERSON (original); UNDER THE VOLCANO (based on Lowry novel); seeking composer collaborators

Musical Theater: NORMAN! (parody of film PSYCHO with composer Kelly Krebs)

Choral Works/Song Cycle: GHOSTS OF GALWAY; seeking composer collaborator

Songs: "Missing You" with composer Kelly Krebs; "Father-Daughter Dance" with composer George Maurer

Father of five, from ages 36 to 17.  Two twenty-year marriages, the first ending in divorce, the second by the passing of my wife in 2015.  Lover of literature and music in all forms.  Fascinated by the creative process.  Skilled, patient and flexible collaborator focused on excellence, not worried about ego.