David Rotenberg has directed on Broadway, in major regional theatres, for television, and he has published seven novels. The five Zhong Fong novels are under consideration by HBO; his best selling historical fiction novel, Shanghai, has been optioned by Darius Films; and his novel The Placebo Effect has been optioned by Don Kurt who produces the Emmy award winning series Justified.
His next novel, the third in the Junction Chronicles series, The Glass House is now available.
David has been a master acting teacher for more than 25 years. He is the Artistic Director of the internationally renowned actor training studio The Professional Actors Lab. His unique techniques draw students from as far a field as Turkey, South Africa, Mexico, China, the UK, and of course, across Canada and the USA.
He has taught at York University, the National Theatre School of Canada, the Shanghai Theatre Academy, the University of Cape Town, and Princeton.
He directed the first Canadian play in the People’s Republic of China. Most recently, David has directed at Penn State University and opened a new professional theatre space in Toronto, The Lower Ossington Theatre, with his new adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby.
The roster of his students reads like a who’s who in ranks of Canadian actors, including Scott Speedman, Rachel McAdams, Tatiana Maslany, Sarah Gadon, James McGowan, Amanda Tapping, Polly Shannon, David Julian Hirsh, Emily Hampshire, Jonas Chernick, K’Naan, and Shawn Doyle.