DAVID SIMPATICO is a playwright, librettist and performance artist. Career highlights include: the stage adaptation of High School Musical (Disney Theatricals); the full length opera, The Life and Death(s) of Alan Turing (Justine Chen, composer; commissioned by American Lyric Theatre); and the sung-thru music drama, The Screams of Kitty Genovese (Will Todd, composer; Edinburgh Fringe Festival); and the libretto for Pulitzer Prize-winner Aaron J. Kernis’ Garden Of Light (NY Philharmonic at Avery Fisher Hall, conducted by Kurt Masur).
David recently earned his MFA in Creative Writing from the MountainView Writers at SNHU. His thesis project, a two-man play, Wilde About Whitman, takes us behind doors during the little known, historic meeting of the two literary giants. Wilde About Whitman has been chosen for the 20th anniversary edition of the Idaho Review, due out Fall, 2018. His new play, Waiting for the Ball to Drop, has been optioned by director/producer Stephen Lloyd Helper.
David has been presented at major theatres around the globe, including London’s Hammersmith Apollo, Williamstown Theatre Festival and the New York Shakespeare Festival.
He is an alumnus of the Composer Librettist Development Program at American Lyric Theater, the Writers’ Bootcamp, The Neighborhood Playhouse School of Acting, and a graduate of Northwestern University.
David lives in Rhinebeck, NY with his husband, Robert Strickstein, and wonder-dog, Elmo.