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David Catlin
Professor of Instruction

70 Arts Circle Drive
Room 5-143
Evanston, IL 60208

David Catlin

David Catlin is a founding ensemble member of the Lookingglass Theatre Company, the recipient of the 2011 Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre. While still a senior in Northwestern’s theatre department, David and seven fellow students decided to create a new theatre company that sought “to redefine the limits of theatrical experience and to make theatre exhilarating, inspirational, and accessible to all.” Twenty-five years later, Lookingglass has created and produced over fifty world premieres—work that is collaborative, inventive, and transformational. David served as the company’s first co-artistic director (with David Kersnar) and more recently served as artistic director (2003-2010). Other leadership positions with Lookingglass include managing director, interim executive director, and director of artistic development.

Catlin is a theatre-maker who acts, writes, directs, and teaches. Like the work created at Lookingglass, his theatre is ensemble-based, story-centric, and utilizes physical, visual, and aural storytelling in collaboration with a traditional emphasis on character and text. His work has appeared in Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Syracuse, Louisville, and Princeton, New Jersey.

Catlin has appeared in, directed, or written & directed over thirty-three productions for Lookingglass. Recent Lookingglass acting credits include Arabian Nights, directed by Mary Zimmerman, Our Town, directed by Anna Shapiro and Jessica Thebus, and the Joseph Jefferson Award-winning Moby Dick. Recent directing credits include Black Diamond (co-direction) and Metamorphosis. Recent writing and directing credits include Icarus and Lookingglass Alice.

Catlin helped found Dark Harbor Stories, a film development company. He was a producer for (and appeared in) the independent film Humanoid. David can also be seen in Since You’ve Been Gone (Miramax/Film Colony/Lookingglass). He teaches Acting I: Principles of Characterization and Acting II: Analysis and Performance, and is a frequent director of productions at the School of Communication’s Virginia Wadsworth Wirtz Center for the Performing Arts.


BS, Theatre, Northwestern University

Awards, Citations, and Nominations

  • Tony Award (NYC) 2011 Outstanding Regional Theatre, Lookingglass Theatre Company
  • Lookingglass Spirit Award 2010
  • SALT Award (Syracuse) 2011 Play of the Year – Lookingglass Alice
  • Suzi Award (Atlanta) – Play & Direction (nominations) – Lookingglass Alice
  • Joseph Jefferson (Chicago) – New Work/Adaptation – The Idiot
  • Joseph Jefferson – Best Ensemble – Arabian Nights
  • Joseph Jefferson – Best Ensemble – The Jungle
  • Joseph Jefferson – Direction – West
  • Joseph Jefferson – Best Ensemble – The Odyssey