David M. Jenkins holds a Ph.D. in Communication (Performance Studies) from the University of South Florida, an M.F.A. in Acting from the University of Florida, and a B.A. in Theater Performance, also from USF. The title of his dissertation is Was It Something They Said? Stand-up Comedy and Progressive Social Change. He has additionally studied with Moscow State University, the Russian Academy of Theatre Arts (GITIS) and the San Francisco Mime Troupe. David teaches in both the Theater and Communication departments at USF as well as in the Honors College. In addition to David's work at the university he is also the Producing Artistic Director of Jobsite Theater, the resident theater company at the Straz Center. He has recently directed productions of Annapurna (with Summer Bohnenkamp), Twelfth Night, Vampire Lesbians of Sodom, Return to the Forbidden Planet, Macbeth and Hedwig and the Angry Inch. He was honored to be directed by Israel Horovitz in the rehearsed staged reading of Horovitz's play Sins of the Mother (Frankie/Philly Verga), and was also recently in The Hound of the Baskervilles (Dr. Watson) and The Lonesome West (Coleman). The latter earned him a Theatre Tampa Bay nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor, recognition as a Top 9 performance of 2013 by Creative Loafing, and the Best Actor Award in CL’s Best of the Bay Reader’s Poll. David was the 2014 recipient of the Best Director Award from CL’s Reader’s Poll and Best Director of a Musical in the BroadwayWorld Tampa Regional Awards. Creative Loafing has twice honored him as both Best Artistic Director and Best Actor. David has published articles in the scholarly journals Text & Performance Quarterly, Liminalities, and Departures in Critical Qualitative Research. He lives in Tampa Heights in a neat old house with his rad wife and a mess of critters.