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David Wiles

Associate Professor of Theater, Theater & Dance

Education & Professional History

University of Cincinnati, BA; Yale School of Drama, MFA

Assistant Professor of Theater, University of South Carolina 1994-2000

Associate Professor of Theater, University of South Carolina 2000-2003

My teaching is grounded in my experiences as a professional actor, a continuing student of acting and voice, an African-American man who came of age in the 1960’s and someone with an academic background in History and work experiences in journalism and the legal field. The subject matter of theater is the world outside of theater and all the things I am and have done contribute to my teaching and theater making.


At Carleton since 2004.

Highlights & Recent Activity

Acting: Guthrie Theater, Park Square Theater, Ten Thousand Things, Pangea World Theater, Emigrant Theater, The Playwrights Center, The History Theater

Playwriting: O’Neill Theater Conference, 2013 Semi-Finalist for Colorlines

Directing at Carleton (selected): Wit, Farragut North, Angels in America, Race, Harlem Nocturne, Elliot; A Soldiers Fugue, The Dance and The Railroad  

Publications:”Burdens of Representation: The Method and the Audience,” appears in Method Acting Reconsidered. “Beyond Race and Gender: Reframing Diversity in Actor Training Programs” appears in The Politics of American Actor Training. 

Organizations & Scholarly Affiliations

Actors Equity Association

Screen Actors Guild

Association for Theater in Higher Education (ATHE)

Current Courses

  • Fall 2021
    THEA 100: What Stories Teach Us
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    THEA 110: Beginning Acting
  • Spring 2022
    THEA 185: The Speaking Voice
  • Fall 2022
    THEA 110: Beginning Acting
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    THEA 185: The Speaking Voice
  • Winter 2023
    THEA 185: The Speaking Voice
  •  
    THEA 255: August Wilson: History and the Blues
  • Spring 2023
    THEA 185: The Speaking Voice
  •  
    THEA 245: Directing
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