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.
  • Writer (7 Credits)
    Hansel and Gretal
    Screenplay
    Carpe Denim2021
    Short
    doubleplusgood2021
    Short
    Zombie Hideaway 10: The End?2017
    Short
    Rev. Jimmy's Lake of Fire2015
    Short
    Wish Fulfillment2007
    Short
    Prom Queen2003
    Short
  • Director (6 Credits)
    Carpe Denim2021
    Short
    doubleplusgood2021
    Short
    Zombie Hideaway 10: The End?2017
    Short
    Rev. Jimmy's Lake of Fire2015
    Short
    Wish Fulfillment2007
    Short
    Prom Queen2003
    Short
  • Producer (5 Credits)
    Carpe Denim2021
    Short
    doubleplusgood2021
    Short
    Zombie Hideaway 10: The End?2017
    Short
    Rev. Jimmy's Lake of Fire2015
    Short
    Wish Fulfillment2007
    Short
  • Acting (2 Credits)
    Zombie Hideaway 10: The End?2017
    Short
    Rev. Jimmy's Lake of Fire2015
    Short
College
Southern New Hampshire University
Creative Writing
20152017
Birth Date
December 30, 1960
Nickname
David
Birth City
Hoboken, New Jersey
Current City
Rhinebeck, New York
Hometown
Palisades Park
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