Spenser Davis is an award-winning playwright, director and filmmaker currently working and living in Chicago.

He's also a huge fan of Olive Garden. It's his sanctuary. Two Christmases ago, he got $250 in gift cards to OG. That is not a joke.

As a writer, his characters who are fast, funny, and figuring it out. They talk a lot but frequently miscommunicate. They’re right and wrong, often at the same time. There’s genuine love and familiarity between most of them, so if and when they come to literal blows, they know each other’s softest spots. They fight like family.

As a director, he emphasizes honest, hyperrealistic ensemble work, the kind where characters speak and behave and fight so much like how we do in our day-to-day that it should feel like you’re eavesdropping.

In all of this, he prioritizes amplifying the voices of women, people of color, and working-class individuals who are so often pushed to the margins. And all in the name of honest-to-God empathy.

He’s proud to be represented by William Morris Endeavor.


LABYRINTH hits the stage early 2020

Following its smash success in the U.K., Beth Steel’s propulsive financial drama will have its U.S. Premiere (directed by Spenser) at Broken Nose Theatre, January - February 2020.


Garnering Raves!

Directed by Spenser for Promethean Theatre, this Chicago Premiere is being called an “incendiary, never-mind-reading-this-get-a-ticket-now-caliber production” (Chicago Reader).


PLAINCLOTHES wins Jeff Award for Best Ensemble

It’s the second time in three years that one of Spenser’s casts has received this coveted honor; the AT THE TABLE cast won this category in 2017.


PLAINCLOTHES wins the 2019 Osborn Award

It was awarded by the American Theatre Critics Association, who also named Spenser’s play as one of the six Harold & Mimi Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award finalists.



U.S. PREMIERE @ Broken Nose Theatre, January - February 2020.
New York City, 1978. Having just landed his dream job as a Wall Street banker, John Anderson finds himself swept off on luxurious trips to Latin America with only one goal: selling loans to the region’s developing nations eager to borrow. But as the banks’ excessive lending strategy starts pushing whole countries toward the brink of bankruptcy, and the biggest credit bubble in history threatens to burst, John and his colleagues must come to terms with the true price of chasing their fortunes.


WORLD PREMIERE @ The New Colony. April - May 2020.
When her husband dies while out of town on a business trip, Delphi Rabbitt calls upon her children and sister to assist in planning the funeral arrangements in their town of Altoga, Texas. That is, until she discovers his body is traveling from Houston accompanied by another family… another wife, another son, another life that no one knew about. When both Rabbitt families find themselves under one roof, they’re forced to decide: is it possible to bury our grievances before we bury the man who deceived us all?


Here’s just some of the press that Spenser has done over the years!

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Spenser spoke with Showbiz Chicago lead editor Michael J. Roberts about writing and rehearsing Plainclothes, his years of experience in undercover security that inspired the play, and what it means to be a longtime company member of Broken Nose Theatre and watching the company grow over the years.


'AT THE TABLE' Returns, but with more seats this time

After its original run in early 2017 was met with sold-out houses and four-star reviews, Broken Nose Theatre decided to remount the production that Summer. Chris Jones of the Chicago Tribune, who advocated for the show on social media and television news programs, had phone interviews with director Spenser Davis and playwright Mikey Perlman on the eve of At The Table's return.


they're baaaaack! broken nose theatre returns to beyond the boards

Following a stellar night at that year's Jeff Awards (where At The Table won four awards including Best Production/Play and Best Ensemble), director Spenser Davis and actor Echaka Agba discuss their respective wins (for directing and supporting performance), as well as the process of revving up for the show's Summer Remount.

Spenser Davis is represented by
Luke Virkstis at William Morris Endeavor.
You can reach him at LVirkstis@wmeagency.com

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