David Alan Anderson
David began his association with Lou Bellamy and Penumbra in 1989 when he played Hewlett in a production of Carlyle Browns’ The African Company Presents Richard III with the Soul Peoples Rep in Indianapolis, directed by Bellamy. The following year, Lou eventually encouraged David Alan to join him in St. Paul for a staged reading of Marion McClintons The Rondo Strikers and the Wishing Pond Story. His first full role was as Reed in Michael Henry Browns’ Generations of the Dead in the Abyss of Coney Island Madness, directed by McClinton, during the 91-92 season, followed later that season by his portrayal of Frankie in The Mighty Gents. His other Penumbra credits include Wolf in Two Trains Running, Walter Lee in A Raisin in the Sun, Floyd in Seven Guitars, Fielding in Jitney, and Mr. Carter in King Hedley II.
David hails from Indianapolis, where his association with The Indiana Repertory Theatre began in 1990. His many credits there include What I learned in Paris and Radio Golf, both directed by Bellamy, Fences, directed by McClinton, the title role in Julius Caesar, The Mountaintop, Romeo and Juliet, Taming of the Shrew, The Whipping Man, The Heavens are Hung in Black, the one man show Looking Over the Presidents’ Shoulder, A Christmas Carol and many more. Later in the 15-16 season he will portray Troy Maxson in Fences at Indiana Rep in a co production with Arizona Theatre Co.and Milwaukee Rep, directed by Bellamy.
His many regional credits include ,Gem of the Ocean at The Court Theatre in Chicago, where he also received a Jeff Award nomination for best actor for his portrayal of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in The Mountaintop. Also, Fences at Denver Theatre Center and A Raisin in the Sun at the Guthrie Theater, both directed by Bellamy, Baltimore CenterStage, The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Idaho, Pennsylvania, and Lake Tahoe Shakespeare festivals, the Great Lakes Theatre Festival, Cleveland Play House, Arizona Theatre Company, Kansas City Rep, Syracuse Stage, and many more. Directing credits include The Color of Justice and Most Valuable Player at Indiana Rep and Two Trains Running and Topdog/Underdog at the Phoenix Theatre. David received a 2007 Creative Renewal Fellowship from the Arts Council of Indianapolis, and he was honored in 2009 by the Indianapolis chapter of the Circle City Links for his achievements in the arts. He is a 2013 recipient of the prestigious Lunt-Fontanne Fellowship sponsored by the Ten Chimneys Foundation.
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