Mr. David Harwell

Theatre Director Professor, Theatre


1310 Ben Graves Drive
Morton Hall
Room 206J
Huntsville, AL 35899
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David is a native of Huntsville and a graduate of Grissom High School. He earned a B.F.A. in Theatre from the University of Montevallo and an M.F.A. in Scene Design and Technology from the University of Illinois, Champaign/Urbana. After relocating to Boston, he worked at the Huntington Theatre Company, the New England Conservatory of Music, and the Boston Lyric Opera. Following many seasons of regional theatre, David moved to New York City where he worked at Playwrights Horizons, Second Stage, and the Roundabout Theatre Company, to name a few. In 1999, he joined the Production Design Group, winning a Daytime Emmy for his work with production designer Jim Fenhagen on PBS’ Between the Lions.

In 2005, David returned to Huntsville and started UAH Theatre. He now serves as a tenured faculty member and is the director of UAH’s degree program in theatre.

Curriculum Vitae


  • M.F.A., Theatre Design and Technology, University of Illinois, 1991
  • B.F.A., Theatre, University of Montevallo


  • Television: PBS: BETWEEN THE LIONS : Daytime Emmy for Set Design; CNBC: Market Week, Trade Center and Y2k Opening Bells; MSNBC: Election coverage including, Super Tuesday, New Hampshire Primaries, Meet the Press and the Buffalo Senate Debate with Hillary Clinton and Rick Lazio; NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CHANNEL: Winner of the Bronze Broadcast Design Award.
  • Off-Broadway: Young Girl and the Monsoon, Demonology (Playwright’s Horizons)
  • Regional: Susannah, Three Penny Opera, The Crucible (Central City Opera); Wake Up Lou Riser (Delaware Theatre Company); Mid-Summer’s Night Dream, Marriage of Figaro (New England Conservatory of Music); Don Giovani, Carousel, Once Upon a Mattress (Natchez Opera Festival).


  • Member of United Scenic Artists; Local 829


  • Theatre Architecture
  • Ancient Greek Theatre
  • Stage Lighting
  • Stage Design
  • Arts Technology
  • Arts Management
  • Film and Video Production
  • Emerging Artists