David Hansen (playwright)

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David Hansen
Born Karl David Hansen
(1968-07-26) July 26, 1968 (age 48)
Residence Ohio
Occupation Stage actor, director, playwright
Spouse(s) Toni Thayer
Website http://davidhansen.org

Karl David Hansen (born July 26, 1968) is an American actor, director, and a member of the Cleveland Play House Playwrights Unit. He is the founder of Dobama's Night Kitchen and co-founder of Guerrilla Theater Company and Bad Epitaph Theater Company,[1] and is a recipient of a 2010 Creative Workforce Fellowship from the Community Partnership for Arts and Culture.[2]

He is a graduate of Bay Village High School, and holds a degree in Theater from Ohio University.[3] He is married to writer Toni Thayer.[3] He is currently Education Outreach Associate for Great Lakes Theater.[4]

Awards and Publication[edit]

His play I Hate This: A Play Without the Baby received an award for Excellence in Solo Performance at the New York International Fringe Festival in 2003.[3] His adaptation of Agatha Christie's The Mysterious Affair at Styles was published in 2012 by Playscripts Inc., Double Heart (The Courtship of Beatrice and Benedick) in 2015 by YouthPLAYS, and several additional titles including I Hate This: A Play Without the Baby are available on Indie Theater Now.[5]

Full-Length and One-Acts[edit]

I Hate This has also been adapted as a radio drama in 2005.[6]

10-Minute Plays[edit]


  • (2014) Seven Ages with Nina Domingue, Mike Geither, Christine Howey, Anne McEvoy, Michael Oatman & Toni K. Thayer
  • (2001) The Gulf with Joshua D. Brown, Kelly Elliott, Brian Fox, Margi Herwald, Derek Koger, Leah D. Krauss, Heather N. Stout & Sean Sullivan
  • (1998) Cole Cuts with David Bell, Suzanne L. Miller & Toni K. Thayer
  • (1996) This Vicious Cabaret with Erin Myers, Mike Schmidt, Toni K. Thayer & Jenna Weiss
  • (1993) Mind Your Own Business rotating sketch show, written by ensemble
  • (1992) You Have the Right to Remain Silent! rotating sketch show, written by ensemble

Performances in plays by other playwrights[edit]

Hansen often performs in his own plays, and also has a history of performances in new or recently developed works by notable playwrights, including:


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