Director of Petronio Residency Initiative
David Szlasa brings 20 years of production and project development experience to Stephen Petronio Company. David has launched several residency programs including Range Studio, a tiny mobile art space residency named a Living Innovation Zone by the City of San Francisco. While programming director at Z Space in San Francisco, David secured funding for a residency program that gave performance artists the chance to explore big design ideas in a fully equipped theater. David has taught at Stanford University, St Mary’s College of California, Playwrights Horizons / NYU and currently at Bard College. His own design work in collaboration with Marc Bamuthi Joseph, Sara Shelton Mann, Hope Mohr, Joanna Haigood, Myra Melford, Bill Shannon, Will Rawls and others has been seen worldwide in venues including BAM Next Wave, the Kennedy Center, Chicago MCA, Yerba Buena, Berlin Jazzfest, Sydney Opera House, and Harare Festival of the Arts, Zimbabwe. In 2015, David relocated to the Hudson Valley to renovate a 200 year old farmhouse, develop homesteading and sustainability skills with his growing family, and bolster opportunities for artists to create exceptional work outside of an urban center.