Davis’ direction does not mess around for a second ...
amped-up, high-stakes, hyper-realistic ...
— Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune

Director. Playwright.
lover of olive garden.

Spenser is a director and writer currently working and living in Chicago. He's also a huge fan of Olive Garden. It's his sanctuary.
Last Christmas, he got $250 in gift cards to OG. That is not a joke.

He's the Director of Programming for Broken Nose Theatre, a prominent Pay-What-You-Can theatre company in Chicago and the 2018 recipient of the Emerging Theatre Award given out by the League of Chicago Theatres and Broadway in Chicago. Last season, he directed Michael Perlman’s At The Table, which won four Joseph Jefferson Awards (including Best Production/Play and Best Director/Play), the TimeOut Chicago Award for Best Ensemble, sold out its entire original run and a twice-extended remount this past Summer. Also at BNT, he has directed Perlman’s From White Plains, Elise Spoerlein’s A Phase, and several editions of Bechdel Fest. Other directing credits include The Adventures of Spirit Force Five at The Factory Theater; Bachelorette at Level 11 Theatre; numerous editions of the One Minute Play Festival; as well as work with American Blues Theatre, ATC, Strawdog, Otherworld, Mary-Arrchie, First Floor, and Pride Films and Plays, among others. Assistant directing credits include Pilgrim’s Progress and 3C at A Red Orchid, as well as Divine Sister at Hell in a Handbag, all with Shade Murray.

As a playwright, he’s a past winner of Scotland’s Solas Festival, a finalist for the Actor Theater of Louisville’s Heideman Award, and his first full-length play Merge, about the rise and fall of the video game company Atari, closed The New Colony’s eighth season. His short plays have been produced across the country and in Canada and have been published by Smith & Kraus New York.

He's also an ensemble member of The Factory Theater and occasionally works around town as an actor.


Critics & Audiences are Loving “Plainclothes

The show is Spenser’s newest play, which is also co-directed, at Broken Nose Theatre.


"At The Table" named one of 2017's Best Shows

(directed by Spenser for Broken Nose Theatre)


Spenser directs “May the Road Rise Up” in 2019

A new play set to premiere in February at The Factory Theater in Chicago’s Rogers Park neighborhood.


Fall 2018

Plainclothes (world premiere)

Written and co-directed by Spenser Davis @ Broken Nose Theatre.
After an incident with a shoplifter ends with half their team either fired or in the hospital, the loss prevention department of a downtown Chicago retail store comes under harsh investigation from corporate for racial profiling. Their manager’s suggestion: Start catching more white people so that they don't look racist. When a group of supposed Good Guys have a blind spot that lands them on the chopping block, who holds themselves accountable and who decides to give the higher-ups a taste of the trenches? In the style of BNT’s 2017 hit At The Table, PLAINCLOTHES is being developed alongside a pre-cast ensemble of 12, 10 of whom are Broken Nose Theatre artistic family members.

Spring 2019


Written by Shannon O'Neill. Directed by Spenser Davis @ The Factory Theater.
When Michael Murphy returns to his hometown for his grandfather's 60th birthday, he comes to realize that the business he left unfinished, the friendships he left untended, and the consequences he tried to avoid are still just where he left them... and this time, running away won't be an option.