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Department of Theatre Arts

Physical Address:
Corner of 6th and Rayburn
Shoup Hall - 2nd Floor
PHONE: (208) 885-6465
FAX: (208) 885-2558
E-MAIL: theatre@uidaho.edu

Mailing Address:
Theatre Arts Department
c/o University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 2008
Moscow, ID 83844-2008

David Lee-Painter

David Lee-Painter

Office: Shoup 217
Phone: (208) 885-6197
Email: davidlp@uidaho.edu
Mailing Address: Theatre Arts Department - University of Idaho
P.O. Box 442008
Moscow, Idaho 83844-2008

Department of Theatre Arts
Professor of Performance

Home Town: Moscow, Idaho
Campus Locations: Moscow
With UI Since 1995

  • Research/Focus Areas
    • Acting
    • Directing
    • Stage Management
  • Biography
    David Lee-Painter earned an MFA in Directing from Illinois State University and has been a Professor of Theatre at the University of Idaho since 1995, specializing in acting and directing. David has worked professionally at both the Idaho and Illinois Shakespeare Festivals, Idaho Repertory Theatre, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Idaho Theatre for Youth, Three Tall Women, Mt. Baker Theatre, and the American Stage Company in St. Petersburg, Florida, among others. 

    His production of Moby Dick represented North America at the 1996 ASSITEJ World Congress in Rostov on Don Russia. 

    Favorite IRT/UI productions include A Christmas Carol, The Good Person of Szechuan, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Chaps!, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Pirates of Penzance, Into the Woods, All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten, Angels in America, and IRT's first Forever Plaid.

    "DLP" is also the National Chair of the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival.

    David's absolute favorite role is sharing life with his darlin’ wife and very best friend Nancy, four furry critters, two inspiring grown-up daughters and their amazing fellas and teaching passionate and curious students. What a wonderful life!  
  • Selected Publications
  • Research Projects
      Idaho Repertory Theatre, Moscow, Idaho, 1994-present
      Director for:
      • The Lion in Winter, (staged reading) 2014
      • A Christmas Carol, 2013
      • Chaps!, 2009
      • The Nerd, 2008
      • Grace and Glorie, 2006
      • All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten, 2005
      • Same Time Next Year, 2004

      University of Idaho, Moscow, Idaho, 1995- present
      Director for:

      • Die Fledermaus, 2009
      • A Midsummer Night’s Dream, 2007
      • Oklahoma!, 2007
      • The Corps of Discovery, (Northwest Premiere), 2005
      • The Macbeth Project – BFA, 2005
      • The Macbeth Project – MFA, 2005
      • The Pirates of Penzance, 2004

      The John F. Kennedy Center – Short Play Festival 2009
      Director for:

      • We’ll Always Have Paris

      Proud Faculty Advisor for Alternate Service Break 2009 – Sabine Pass, Texas

      • Outreach Projects

          Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival:

          • National Chair, 2014-2015
          • National Member at Large, 2007-2010
          • National Directing Coordinator, 2007-2010
          • National Selection Team, 2008
          • National Chair of Chairs, KCACTF, 2006
          • Executive Board, KCACTF, 2006-present
          • Regional Chair, KCACTF, 2005-2007
          • National Committee, KCACTF, 2003-present
          • Regional Vice Chair, KCACTF, 2003-2005
          • Festival Host/Coordinator, KCACTF, 2004
          • Festival Host/Coordinator, KCACTF, 1999
          • Production Respondent, KCACTF, 1996-present

                        University of Alaska, Anchorage, University of Colorado, Denver, Boise State University, Lewis-Clark State College, North Idaho College, Eastern Oregon University, Linfield College, Portland Community College, University of Portland, Southern Oregon University, University of Oregon, Bellevue Community College, Central Washington University, Columbia Basin College, Gonzaga University, Spokane Falls Community College, Walla Walla Community College, Washington State University, Western Washington University, Yakima Valley Community College, University of Wyoming, Illinois State University, University of Central Florida, University of Evansville, Clemson University, Palm Beach Community College.  

          • Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship Finals Judge, KCACTF Region IV - 2005-06, Region III - 2008, Regions V & VIII - 2009

          • Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship Semi-Finals Judge, KCACTF Regions IV & VI - 2005-06, Region V - 2008

          • Awards and Honors
            • Horace Robinson Award Recipient, Northwest Drama Conference, 2007
            • Administrative Fellow, College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences, 2006-2007
            • Inaugural Humanities Fellow, College of Letters and Science, University of Idaho, 1997-99
            • North American Representative to ASSITEJ World Congress in Rostov-on-Don, Russia, Director, Moby Dick, 1996
            • North American Representative to International Conference in Halle, Germany, Moby Dick, 1996
            • Host for National Endowment for the Arts Chairwoman, Jane Alexander, Boise, Idaho (ITY), 1995
            • Governor’s Award Recipient for Excellence in the Arts (ITY), 1994
            • Nomination for Idaho Citizen of the Year, Idaho Statesman, 1994
            • John F. Kennedy Center Resident Performance, Imagination Celebration, Director, Commedia de Lazzi, 1992
            • Best Actor - Tampa - St. Petersburg, Bradenton Sun-Times, 1985

          David's Links

          "You can't wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club." -Jack London

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