David Snider was named Director of Artistic Programming at Arena Stage in May 2012. He previously served as Producing Artistic Director and CEO of Young Playwrights’ Theater since 2005. During this time, he received the Meyer Foundation’s $100,000 Exponent Award for visionary leadership of a nonprofit, the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award from the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, and the Hands On Greater DC Cares’ Essence of Leadership Award, as “a nonprofit executive who has integrated innovative and strategic leadership to make a lasting impact on their organization and the community at large.”
Mr. Snider has over 20 years of experience as a director, educator, producer, administrator and actor. He is a Directing Fellow of the Drama League of New York, the immediate past President of the League of Washington Theatres and a member of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers. He also teaches as a full-time member of the Performing Arts faculty at American University, lecturing on a wide variety of topics in arts management, including financial management, marketing, production, strategic planning and mission development.
Mr. Snider received his M.F.A. from New York University, Tisch School of the Arts and his B.A. in English Literature/Russian language from Dickinson College, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa.