Dave Demke received his Designation in 2007. He is currently the Artistic Director of Shakespeare On the Fly, a Senior Faculty member for Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, MA, and on faculty at American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York, NY.
Dave has taught for the Linklater Center in New York, New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts, Boston College, Emerson College, Brandeis, Skidmore College, and the University of Memphis. He has also taught workshops for various companies including Dallas Shakespeare Festival, Tennessee Shakespeare Company, Tecumseh Festival, and Yonder Window Theatre Project.
In 2011 Dave traveled to Accra, Ghana, where he taught a Linklater workshop at The National Theatre of Ghana, and in 2012 he traveled to Beijing, China with a production of A Midsummer Nights Dream. His corporate coaching includes work with politicians and corporate leaders, assisting them in developing leadership skills through effective communication.
From 2000-2010 Dave was the Associate Director of Training for Shakespeare & Company. Prior to that he spent 10 years as the Artistic Director for Stark Raving Theatre in Portland, OR. He studied Meisner technique for 2 years with Freddy Kareman, received a BA in Theatre from the University of Minnesota and an MFA in Performance from the University of Maryland.