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.

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Spenser signs with William Morris Endeavor

He is now represented by Luke Virkstis in the agency’s Theater department.

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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.

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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.

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MAY THE ROAD RISE UP closes to rave reviews

Following Spenser’s acclaimed world-premiere production, MAY THE ROAD was nominated for Best New Play at the 2019 Jeff Awards.

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UNDER THE TREE

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?