In 2006, David Gorshein earned a B.A. in communication with high honors from the University of Michigan, and moved to Los Angeles to pursue a Ph.D. at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television. Five years later, he joined the faculty in the Department of Theater, where he teaches popular courses in performance theory and history for undergraduate and graduate students of all majors.
At UCLA TFT, Gorshein has developed many classes including a fully online course, and won an award from the UCLA Library’s Affordable Course Materials Initiative to help lower the cost of students’ books. Since 2012, Gorshein has served as a representative for UCLA Admissions.
In 2017, Gorshein joined the faculty of the Los Angeles International Theatre Institute at Los Angeles Theatre Center. He previously taught performers at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in Hollywood.
He has published scholarly writing in an academic anthology, and in peer-reviewed journals, including Theatre Journal and The Journal of Modern Jewish Studies. Gorshein has also written for The Huffington Post. In addition, his research has earned awards from the Mellon Foundation and from the Association for Theatre in Higher Education.
Gorshein and his husband, costume designer Scott Cronick, were nominees for a GLAAD Media Award in 2012, for their roles in the first same-sex wedding aired on late-night TV, officiated by Conan O’Brien.
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