David Bisaha - Doctoral student
MA, Theatre Arts, University of Pittsburgh
BA, Theatre and English, The College of William and Mary
David Bisaha is a fourth-year doctoral student at the University of Pittsburgh. His dissertation project charts the history and dissemination of set design process and design thinking among twentieth-century American designers and educational institutions. David has presented on the design history, theater architecture, theater for young audiences, and cognitive approaches to theater production at the Association for Theater in Higher Education, Mid-America Theater Conference, the American Society for Theater Research, and the Comparative Drama Conference. This summer, he received a dissertation research grant to study the papers of Broadway designers Howard Bay and Donald Oenslager.
David has taught courses in theater history, performance, and dramatic literature at the University of Pittsburgh. He also is a longtime teacher and administrator with the the Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth, a summer program for gifted and talented high school students, where he has taught classes in drama, creative nonfiction, and playwriting. He is the current president of the Duse Society, the association of graduate students in the Department of Theatre Arts, and he received his masters’ degree from Pitt in 2010. Before coming to Pitt, he served as a literary assistant at the Philadelphia Theater Company and Florida Studio Theatre. A practicing director and designer, past creative work includes Compleat Female Stage Beauty, Sparagmos, One Act, Chad Curtiss…Lost Again!, and True West (Direction) and WASP, Cleansed, and All in the Timing (Lighting Design).
"Tobin Nellhaus. Theatre, Communication, Critical Realism." Theatre Journal 64.2 (May 2012): 303-304. (review)
"Visualizing Postmemory on Documentary Stages." Comparative Drama Conference, Baltimore, MD. April 2013
"Affordance-Enabled Blends as Tools for Design Criticism." American Society for Theatre Research, Nashville, TN. November 2012.
“Big Props, Big Problems: Exclusion, Loss, and the Journey in Contemporary International Theatre for Teens.” Comparative Drama Conference, Baltimore, MD. March 2012.
“Conceiving a “Public” Space: A Spatialized History of the Pittsburgh Public Theatre.” Mid-America Theatre Conference, Cleveland, OH. March 2010.
“Wesley Middleton’s Tomato Plant Girl Explores New Territory at the University of Pittsburgh.” Association for Theater in Higher Education (ATHE) annual conference, New York City. August 2009.
“Theorizing the Frame in Donald Freed’s Inquest.” University of Pittsburgh Graduate Expo, Pittsburgh. March 2009.