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David M. Jenkins is the Producing Artistic Director and a co-founder of Jobsite. He 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. He has additionally studied with Moscow State University, the Russian Academy of Theatre Arts (GITIS) and the San Francisco Mime Troupe. In addition to his full time work for Jobsite, David teaches in the Honors College at USF as an adjunct instructor.
He has recently directed productions of As You Like It, LIZZIE, The Maids, Silence! The Musical, Annapurna (with Summer Bohnenkamp), and Twelfth Night for Jobsite as well as Annie Baker’s The Aliens for Stageworks Theatre. He was honored to be directed by Israel Horovitz in his play Sins of the Mother (Frankie/Philly Verga), and was also recently in A Skull in Connemara (Tom Hanlon), Time Stands Still (James), 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’s Mark Leib, and the Best Actor Award in CL’s Best of the Bay Reader’s Poll.
He 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, and he also won the 2015 BroadwayWorld Regional Award for Best Actor (Times Stands Still). 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.