David McGraw

David McGraw

Senior Lecturer
Head of Stage Management
Head of Performing Arts Entrepreneurship Program
Executive Director of the Iowa Summer Repertory Theatre
stage management, arts management
BA, Holy Cross College
MA, Goucher College
MFA, University of Iowa
member, Actors’ Equity Association
37 TB


David is a senior lecturer in stage management and arts management for the Division of Performing Arts, Interdepartmental Studies, and the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center. From 2003 to 2011, David served as the Production Stage Manager for both the Theatre Arts Department and the Iowa Summer Rep. In 2012, David taught a master class on stage management at the Taipei National University of the Arts.  A proud member of Actors' Equity Association, David has also stage managed for the Arizona Repertory Theatre, Capital Repertory Theatre, Chester Theatre Company, Geva Theatre Center, Oldcastle Theatre, Perishable Theatre, StageWorks on the Hudson, Vilar Center for the Arts, White River Theatre Festival, and the Yale Repertory Theatre.

David is a member of USITT, the Association of Arts Administration Educators, represented Iowa artists for the Creativity Connects project conducted by the NEA, and has served as the Second Vice Chair of the Stage Managers Association. He has been featured in "Open for Business" in American Theatre Magazine and wrote "The Data Crunchers of Theatre", "Do You Need an MFA to Stage Manage?" and "Smarter Than a Spreadsheet" as well as the ongoing blog Stage Manager's Kit for Stage Directions Magazine.  He was also interviewed by the University/Resident Theatre Association about the role that graduate school plays in the careers of stage managers.  He is the author of "The Epoch Model: An Arts Organization with an Expiration Date," which was featured in 20UNDER40: Re-inventing the Arts and Arts Education for the 21st Century.  David owns SM-Sim LLC, which produces the Stage Manager Simulator and the training film, STANDBY CUE 101.  www.davidjmcgraw.com

Go to information about the MFA Stage Management Program.