Performing Arts Faculty
David Colfer is the General Manager for the Department of Performing Arts and Emerson Stage at Emerson College. He previously served as the Managing Director of the Brandeis Theater Company, the Managing Director of the Stuart Street Playhouse which he developed and established in Boston's Theatre District, and managed the Colonial Theatre, overseeing its restoration in time for its 100th anniversary.
He has served management roles for the Cape Playhouse, the Wilbur Theatre, and the long-running musical I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change and marketing roles at Commonwealth Shakespeare Company and the Celebrity Series. He co-produced performances of Gerald Dickens in his great-great grandfather's work A Christmas Carol and the rarely performed musical Tell Me On A Sunday with Kathy St. George, directed by Paula Plum. A native of Pennsylvania, he holds degrees in management and communication from Boston University, and is a member of the Association of Theatrical Press Agents and Managers. He is the most recent past-president of the board of StageSource and has served on the board of Double Edge Theatre in Ashfield, MA. He served on the Boston Host Committee for the 2012 TCG Conference, spearheading the Student Connection initiative, a first-time effort to engage students in the national theatre movement. He is a founding member of the Greater Boston Theatre Roundtable, a think-tank, advisory and organizing group responsible for the Greater Boston Theatre Expo, among other ideas and programs.
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A Round of Applause...
Recent news highlights from the Department of Performing Arts.
Emily Skeggs '12 nominated for Tony Award
Emily Skeggs was with fellow Emerson alums when she learned that she had been nominated for a Tony Award (Best Featured Actress in a Musical) for her role in Fun Home.
No rehearsal needed: Students win theatre competition
They didn’t go to USITT to compete (in fact, they signed up after the race had begun), but a group of Performing Arts production majors took first place at the 2015 Tech Olympics!
McGorry '08 talks about his two hit TV shows
The Performing Arts alum appears on Orange is the New Black and How to Get Away With Murder.
Grammy nomination for Sanlikol
Mehmet Ali Sanlikol, a well-respected pianist and faculty member in Performing Arts, has been nominated for a Grammy Award for his composition “Vecd."