Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, David Norwood is a freelance stage director, choreographer and producer based in New York City who specializes in music theatre and plays with music. He creates theater that is heightened and theatrical, while also rooted in specificity and emotional truth. He strives to create work that engages and calls upon an audience's imagination. His work typically has an actor-driven, minimalist aesthetic, stripped down to what is essential in the telling of the story.
Respected and trusted are words often connected to David and his artistic process. He is trusted by all those who come into his artistic circle because of his genuine concern about artistry and the artists that he collaborates with. As an activist, he is dedicated to forcing a new conversation, a new dialogue, a new community, a new change that will explore and acknowledge the world that we all live in.
David was nominated for the 2014 New York Innovative Theatre Award, as well as the AUDELCO Award for Outstanding Choreography/Movement for his work on Salome: Da Voodoo Princess of Nawlins. His other recent work includes The Remembrance Project: Trail of Tears, The Little Rock Nine Project, The Remembrance Project: Darfur, The Remembrance Project: Rwanda, Next to Normal, NighoftheLivingDead the Musical, Nevermore, [title of show], Promises Promises and Ragtime. He has also directed works by Lorraine Hansberry, Tony Kushner, David Mamet and George C. Wolfe. He studied at Point Park University, The Ailey School and the Joffrey Ballet School. He has danced with Graham II, performed with Broadway legend, Carol Channing and has worked with many esteemed artists such as Milton Meyers, Sidra Bell, Ron K. Brown and many others. David is a proud member of SDC, the League of Off-Broadway Theatres and Producers, and an alum of the Commercial Theatre Institute.