David Rowell


David Rowell has worked and taught in the field of performing arts and theatre management for over 30+ years. Currently, at Point Park University in downtown Pittsburgh, David serves as Assistant Professor of Sports, Arts and Entertainment Management (SAEM) in the Rowland School of Business, and teaches Intro to SAEM, Marketing and Promotion, Performing Arts Management, Presenting and Touring, Producing for Broadway and Regional Theatre, Safety and Security for Live Events, Career Prep, MBA SAEM Fiscal and Resource Management, and assorted master classes and workshops.
Prior to joining Point Park, he was Executive Director of the Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center in Stowe, VT, and oversaw the development and grand opening of that facility including the first year’s initial programming. Before that, Rowell was Assistant Professor and Head of the M.F.A. Theatre Management program with the School of Theatre at Florida State University. During that time, he was nominated and selected for an Outstanding Undergraduate Educators Award for his Theatre Management class. In addition, Rowell has held leadership positions at the Luther F. Carson Four Rivers Center (President/CEO), The Mahaffey Theater Foundation (Executive Director), Peery’s Egyptian Theatre and David Eccles Conference Center (Theatre Manager and Director of Programming), the Office of Cultural Affairs at Weber State University (Co-Executive Director) and the Val A. Browning Center for the Performing Arts at Weber State University (Production Stage Manager).
David has served as a grant panelist for numerous organizations including South Arts, State of Florida, State of Kentucky, State of Vermont, MidAtlantic Arts Foundation, PennPAT, State of Utah, New England Foundation for the Arts, and others. Additionally, Rowell was responsible for oversight of construction, outfitting, initial operational planning, artistic programming and development and the grand openings for the Spruce Peak PAC, the Carson Four Rivers Center and Peery’s Egyptian Theater. Prior to his work as a theatre manager, presenter/programmer and educator, David was an AEA Stage Manager for 13 years. He holds a BA in Theatre concentration in Theatre – Lighting Design from Hope College and an MFA in Theatre Management/Arts Administration from University of Alabama / Alabama Shakespeare Festival. The best work he has ever produced and presented are his three children – Charlie (20), Thomas (15) and Sarah (13…going on 27).