David Montee

Instructor of Theatre Arts, Interlochen Arts Academy


Ph.D. in Theatre History and Criticism; M.F.A. in Classical Acting Syles; B.F.A., Acting and Directing/Theatre Education

Instructor of Theatre Arts David Montee has directed and acted in more than 150 stage productions over the course of his professional and educational career. New York acting credits include work at Town Hall, Queens Theatre-in-the-Park, Tribeca Repertory Theatre and First ACT Theatre; regional acting credits include work at the Hilberry Theatre in Detroit, Chamber Theatre of Boston, Boarshead Theatre and Newburyport Theatre. He was formerly the Artistic Director of the Arts Encounter Theatre Company in Lansing, Mich. Additionally, he has performed in feature films and industrials throughout the country. He is the author of Translating Shakespeare, A Guidebook for Young Actors. Additional writings have been published in periodicals such as Theatre History Studies, The Uncommon Reader, the Drama/Theatre Teacher, and Teaching Theatre.

Dr. Montee has received educational awards from every institution at which he has taught in his 25 years of instruction. He has been cited numerous times by Who's Who Among America's Teachers and named as a Distinguished Teacher by the U.S. Department of Education's Presidential Scholars program twice, in 2001, and again in 2009.  In 2004, he was awarded the Coca-Cola Distinguished Teacher in the Arts from the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts. Many of his former students from Interlochen have performed over their subsequent professional careers in featured roles on television, in films, on Broadway, and with prestigious stage companies throughout the United States and internationally, including the Public Theatre's Shakespeare in Central Park series at the Delacorte Theatre, the Acting Company, the Williamstown Theatre Festival, the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego, the Seattle Repertory Theatre, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the Utah Shakespeare Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company venues in both London and Stratford.

Dr. Montee is the author of Translating Shakespeare: A Guidebook for Young Actors (2014).