Spenser Davis is an award-winning playwright, director, actor 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.