David Rodwin, Producing Artistic Director
The Moth champion, David Rodwin, has been telling stories live, on screen, and on stage for the last 30 years. He toured his 7th solo show, F*ck Tinder: a love story, to 10 cities, from Vancouver to New York, selling out over 90 performances.
David is also a Jonathan Larson Award-winning producer and writer/composer of music theatre/new opera. His first one-man ‘hyper-opera’ VIRTUAL MOTION, toured over 20 cities from LA to Amsterdam. It was also the first show produced by Fools Fury in San Francisco in 2000. He’s written 9 stage works presented by dozens of venues from The Public Theatre to Sacred Fools and developed from Disney to The O'Neill.
While living in New York during 9/11, he responded to his paralyzed artistic community by creating Raw Impressions, Inc., a non-profit in music theatre, dance and film to designed to get artist back to work by supporting them in creating work from idea to premiere faster than anyone imagined possible.
It's film division, RIPFest, was the first of its kind for short digital filmmaking events, making 6 new shorts in 16 days - mostly movie musicals - with over 100 artists David put together who’d never met before. David secured a 5-year residency with LaMaMa ETC through which he produced the world premieres of 170 of ten-minute musicals. During that time RIPFest produced 60 short films. And by the end the company worked with over 2000 artists - including Oscar, Emmy and Tony-winning talent, as well as artists just out of school.
An alumnus of the Sundance Producer’s Conference, David runs a digital agency, Jade Lake Media, through which he helps non-profits and start-ups share their story. He directed the documentary Plantation Life produced by JoAnn Blue - uplifting folks who grew up as sharecroppers in Clarksdale, MS. He also co-produced the 90-min audio documentary Clarksdale: A History which tells the story of “The Birthplace of The Blues” from which most popular music comes from.
In TV, he worked in writers’ rooms including: Swingtown (CBS), HawthoRNe (TNT) and JONAS L.A. (Disney). And his feature screenplays have placed him as a finalist in the Page International Screenwriting Awards and the Sundance Screenwriter’s Lab. The latter for a film about his mentor Leonard Bernstein, whom he studied with at Tanglewood.
David studied at Princeton, Juilliard and Northwestern and is a trained opera singer. He also studied with Anne Bogart/SITI Company, and was the first to teach a Suzuki, Viewpoints & Composition workshop in San Francisco. And just out of school, David worked at The Wooster Group and studied with Spalding Gray – creating a piece about their working relationship just before his suicide. It’s a show he performed just once, for Spalding.