About David Grapes

David Grapes is an award-winning playwright, director, teacher, actor, author and reviewer who has been working in and writing about theater for over 35 years. He served from 1999-2005 as the Producing Artistic Director of Tennessee Repertory Theatre. There he produced 36 productions including three world premieres, established an “off-Broadway season” of contemporary plays, worked with numerous guest stars, expanded the Rep’s education department, forged new relationships with local academic and cultural institutions, initiated two co-productions with sister theater Arkansas Rep and was the recipient of 8 “Tennie Awards” from The Tennessean for Best Direction. David’s 2001 production of West Side Story featuring the late Kenneth Schermerhorn and Nashville Symphony was recorded for Naxos International and has received numerous national and international awards. Early in his working life he served as an arts stringer for the Booth Newspaper Corporation. His writing has appeared in numerous media outlets, including American Theatre Magazine and Backstage Magazine. Follow him through his blog, on Twitter (@DavidGrapes) and Facebook.

Stratford Festival 2014 Review: Vibrant Timely Views of Madness

STRATFORD, Ontario – Set amid the bucolic rolling hills of Southern Ontario, the small industrial town of Stratford would initially appear to be an unusual location for a theatrical tourist mecca that draws hundreds of play-going thousands each year from all over the world. However, for those with a deep and abiding love for William Shakespeare plays […]

Shaw Festival 2014 Review: Eclectic Mix Yields Strong Results

NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE, Ontario – Although the Niagara-on-the-Lake region is known primarily for its booming wine tourism industry, this bustling little tourist town is also home to the Shaw Festival, which despite its humble beginnings has grown to become the second largest summer theater festival in North America with a budget exceeding $27.8 million. Originally founded in […]

Shaw and Stratford 2014: Great Treats in Store for Theater Lovers

Those who are passionate about quality theater here in the U.S. should consider a trip north across the Canadian border into Ontario where they can spend some serious time exploring North America’s two largest theater festivals – The Shaw Festival and The Stratford Festival. The American dollar appears to have stabilized against the Canadian dollar, so the […]

O Canada: Looking Back at the 2013 Stratford Festival (Plus Shaw)

STRATFORD, Ontario – Having written extensively about the Stratford Festival since 1983, I have witnessed a number of Artistic Directors (or teams of Artistic Directors) come and go at Stratford. None of these transitions has been more eagerly anticipated that that of home-grown Antoni Cimolino, who took the artistic reins this year from perceived outsider Des […]