His recent productions in New York include Fashions for Men, which received Drama Desk, Lortel and Outer Critics Circle Nominations for Best Revival; The Whale, winner of the Lortel Award for Best Play, and Davis received a Calloway Nomination for Best Director, Water by the Spoonful, winner of the Pulitzer Prize, February House, nominated for Best Musical by the Outer Critics Circle; and London Wall with both Drama Desk and Lortel Nominations for Best Revival.
Davis has also directed productions at Playwrights Horizons, Mint Theater, Second Stage, Signature Theater Company, 13P, Clubbed Thumb, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, and the New Victory Theater, in addition to many theaters and festivals across the country.
Davis is a graduate of Princeton where he studied Shakespeare at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar and he trained as a director at LAMDA.
Davis shares with Marc about leading the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, its impressive lineup of plays and directors for this summer, what it means to stage American Shakespeare, his collaboration with Samuel D. Hunter, his approach to working with actors and directing Shakespeare, and what it means to put the story and core of the play over concept.
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spot lightning round with Davis McCallum:
- What’s a play that you recommend to be seen or read at least once? – “Big Love by Charles Mee”
- What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received? – “Ride the horse in the direction that it's going”
- If you could sing one song on The Voice, what would it be? – “Wait for It from Hamilton“
- If you had a superpower, what would it be? – “Ability to figure out what people really mean when they say what they say”
- What’s your favorite word? – “Enthusiasm”
people and resources mentioned:
- Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival– Davis is the Artistic Director of this theater company. The summer 2017 season includes Twelfth Night directed by Moritz von Stuelpnagel, Pride and Prejudice directed by Amanda Dehnert, The General from America directed by Penny Metropulos, Love's Labor Lost directed by Ian Belknap, and Book of Will directed by Davis
- Lauren Gunderson – Book of Will playwright. According to American Theatre, she is the most produced living American playwright for 2016-17
- Samuel D. Hunter – Award-winning playwright. He and Davis have collaborated on 6 of his original plays, including The Whale, Pocatello, and A Bright New Boise
- Penny Cherns – Davis assistant directed her production of The Matchmaker while he was a student at LAMDA. She taught him the value of the story over the concept.
- The Acting Company – Co-producer with HVSF Conservatory Company for touring production of Love's Labor Lost directed by artistic director Ian Belknap
- Sean McNall – Associate Artistic Director of HVSF and oversees the Conservatory Company
- Chris Bayes – Head of Physical Acting at the Yale School of Drama. Leads renowned clown school in NYC for actors. Davis started taking classes after 20-year absence from stage as an actor
- Met Opera (video) – Davis talks about how he was moved by this video showing what happens just before show time
getting in touch with davis:
Hudson Valley Shakespeare Facebook
- Wait for It from Hamilton
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