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David Wohl

David Wohl, American humanities educator, college dean-theatre director. Recipient West Virginia Governor's Arts award Lifetime Achievement, 2006; National Endowment of the Humanities Fellow, 1977, 80; Department Education teaching fellow, 1976-1977.


  • Wohl, David was born on November 28, 1950 in Washington, District of Columbia, United States. Son of Joseph Gene and Carol (Weiss) Wohl.

  • Education

    • Bachelor, Clark University, 1972. Master of Arts, University Connecticut, 1975. Doctor of Philosophy, Kent State University, 1988.


    • Staff assistant American Theatre Association, Washington, 1975-1976. Professor West Virginia State University, Institute, 1976-1979, chairman department communications, 1979-1988, dean school arts and humanities, since 1988. Artistic director Charleston (West Virginia) Stage Company, 1991—2002.

      General manager Porthouse Theatre, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, 1984-1985. Consultant University South Alabama, Mobile, 1988. Board directors, treasurer, president Southeastern Theatre Conference, 1993-1998.

      Coordinator West Virginia Great Teachers Seminar.


    • Stage director Kanawha Players, since 1978, Nutmeg Summer Playhouse, 1975-1976, West Virginia Theatre Festival, Charleston Playhouse. Producer: (films) Chillers, 1985, Strangest Dreams, 1990, Paradise Park, 1992 (Gold medal Houston International Film Festival 1992, 1st place award Chicago Film Festival 1992). Contributor articles to theatre journals.


    Board directors Kanawha Arts Alliance, Charleston, 1979-1981, Kanawha Players, 1982-1985. President West Virginia Theatre Conference, 1987-1989. Vice president Arts Advocacy West Virginia, since 1994.

    Member Association for Theatre in Higher Education.


    • Married Sherry Simmers. Children: Isaac, Gabriele.
    • father: Joseph Gene Wohl
    • mother: Carol (Weiss) Wohl
    • spouse: Sherry Simmers
    • children: Isaac Wohl
    • Gabriele Wohl
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    Born November 28, 1950
    (age 67)
    • 1972
      Clark University
    • 1975
      University Connecticut
    • 1988
      Kent State University
    • 1975 - 1976
      Staff assistant, American Theatre Association
      Washington, United States
    • 1976 - 1979
      professor, West Virginia State University
      Institute, West Virginia, United States
    • 1988
      professor, West Virginia State University
    • 1991 - 2002
      artist, ic director Charleston (West Virginia) Stage Company