Stage Director, Educator & Author

David Ostwald has directed over 170 productions of plays and operas in the United States and abroad. They span the centuries from the Renaissance to the present and encompass Shakespeare to Shepard and Monteverdi to Moran.

David has also maintained an active teaching career specializing in teaching acting to singers. His book, Acting For Singers, published in 2005 by Oxford University Press has been widely adopted as a classroom text. It is available at Amazon in both printed and e-book formats.

In June 2019, David directed the world premiere of COLLOQUIA, a play by David Zarko in Orvieto, Italy. In July 2019, he was on the faculty of Premiere Opera Vocal Arts Institute, Trani, Italy.

Currently he is team teaching an acting class for singers online for Central Florida State University with Thomas Potter, Head of the Opera Program there. He is also engaged in writing a book on opera stage directing.


In these challenging times, our desire to train young talent continues, and yet, it is difficult to proceed with our normal in-person work. However, we can use this time to teach how to analyze characters and their songs or arias from the perspective of singing actors. We can explore the fact that a character’s mind is always “in gear” thinking his or her subtext, and that, therefore, each in-breath is the character’s intention made manifest.

If a series of online, participatory classes addressing such acting-singing issues could serve you or your department, please contact David Ostwald.

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