David Glass has performed, directed and taught in over seventy countries. Trained at the Lecoq school in Paris he has also studied with Augusto Boal, Growtowski, Peter Brook, Alvin Ailey and Mike Alfreds.
David worked as a soloist performing in forty countries before establishing the David Glass Ensemble in 1990 and winning international awards including TMA award for best director for his adaptation of Gormenghast. In 1998 he established the Lost Child Project using theatre to create a platform for street children around the world to voice their stories. Taking place in 22 countries The Lost Child Project, helped establish a highly creative approach to Arts In Development. In 2000 he established the Centre For Creative Development in Cambodia training aid agencies in Creative Practice in partnership with VBNK (Cambodian learning organization). Here he developed a five stage practical Creative Process that is now used across the world. Through his forty years of work he has been one of the founders of the Physical/Visual, Devised and Applied Theatre movements.
David continues to write, direct and teach around the world. He established the Centre for Creative Practice (CCP) with Professor Lynn McDonald, which trains creative workers, development agencies and education organizations to deliver higher quality work. Through this he has become lead trainer in creativity for the International Labour Organization working for the UN. He is a Visiting Tutor in the UK at LAMDA, East 15, Bath Spa University, Surrey University as well as the Kami Haque Centre in Singapore and DPAC in Malaysia. He is also writing a book with Director Mike Alfred’s on ‘Directing, Theatre and Life’.
David has now relaunched the Ensemble as a platform to help establish young people in the arts and theatre internationally. David continues to work nationally and internationally and mentors 16 young artists around the world. He believes passionately in the power of art and creativity and it’s ability to positively transform the world.
Past students of David include Emma Thompson, Stephen Daldry (Billy Eliot) Simon McBurney (Theatre de Complicite), Amit Lehav (Gecko Theatre), Jim Chim (Theatre Ensemble Hong Kong), Tina Ellen Lee (Opera Circus), Tom Morris (Warhorse) and Adam Sunderland (Sticks Theatre).