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David Kurs

Artistic Director, Deaf West Theatre

David J. Kurs is Deaf West Theatre’s second artistic director in its 21-year history. Under his tenure, Deaf West has received a Tony nomination for their critically acclaimed revival of Spring Awakening on Broadway.  Previously, he served as the company’s artistic associate; was an associate producer and ASL master on Deaf West productions of Pinocchio (2011), My Sister in This House (2010) and Children of a Lesser God (2009); and wrote Aesop Who (2008). A native of Riverside, CA and graduate of Gallaudet University, he began his career as a script reader at Jersey Films, the Production Company of Danny DeVito, Michael Shamberg, and Stacey Sher. He has worked as a freelance writer and producer of a variety of documentary, commercial, theatrical and narrative projects. Kurs maintains strong ties with the national and local deaf community. He has served as the President of the Board of Directors at GLAD (the Greater Los Angeles Agency on Deafness) and is the co-chair of TEDxIslay, a TED affiliate.