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David Larson

Dean of the South Carolina School of the Arts and Professor of Theatre
Academic Background
Bachelor of Fine Arts, Illinois Wesleyan University, Acting and Directing
Master of Arts, University of Minnesota, Theatre Arts
Doctor of Philosophy, University of Illinois, Theatre History and Criticism
Phone Number:
(864) 231-2002
David Larson

David was the founding director of the Anderson Senior Follies, as well as director of Center Stage at Anderson College, a professional performing arts series (1985-92).

David believes that God’s calling in each student's life is unique. “I encourage students to pursue their creative calling by cultivating and exercising multiple skills in their major. In this way they more fully see the options and diversify their foundation. It is also important for students to cultivate leadership and entrepreneurial skills during their college experience.”

What classes do you teach at Anderson

Theatre History I and II

What year did you start teaching at AU


Why teach at AU?

In college I was passionate about my faith and my art. During my master’s work, I was led to take a theatre position at Judson College, in Elgin, Illinois. My seven years at Judson confirmed my calling to work in the theatre as a Christ follower. I remain as passionate about this calling as I was in 1978.


Lincoliana, “rusty gold” antiques, vintage Craftsman homes, running, old movies

Notable achievements outside of discipline

Father of two great children, Taylor and Carrie, and grandfather of a wonderful granddaughter, Eleanor

People might be interested to know I...

For six months, my wife Susan and I taught English in Kanazawa, Japan. I created and taught a course called “Drama for English.”

How would you describe your classes to someone who has never attended one?

My classes are intense, but fun. I get excited about my material and believe it is my responsibility to transmit that enthusiasm for the subject directly to my students. It is a privilege and joy to teach at Anderson University.


Larson, David. A comparative study of Brecht’s Galileo and Barry Stavis’ Lamp at Midnight. Ph.D. dissertation.