DAVID WEST READ is a New York-based playwright and screenwriter whose work has been produced on Broadway, off-Broadway and across the country. His new play The Great Pretender will open the 2014-2015 season at TheatreWorks Silicon Valley after being featured at the New Works Festival and the Old Globe New Voices Festival. Other plays include: The Performers (Longacre Theatre on Broadway; Broadway.com Audience Choice nominee for Best New Play), The Dream of the Burning Boy (O’Neill Theater Conference, Roundabout Underground; John Gassner Award nomination, Drama League Award nomination), Happy Face (Pacific Playwrights Festival) and The Dark Pines (Cape Cod Theatre Project). He has been commissioned to write plays for Roundabout Theatre Company, Burnt Umber Productions and South Coast Rep, as well as screenplays for B-Spoke Entertainment and Bunce Media. He is currently developing a screenplay with No Trace Camping. David is a graduate of the Lila Acheson Wallace Playwrights Program at The Juilliard School and the MFA program at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, where he is now an adjunct teacher in the Department of Dramatic Writing. He is a native of Toronto, Canada.