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.


Spenser signs with William Morris Endeavor

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


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.


PLAINCLOTHES receives 2 Joseph Jefferson nods

The world premiere has been nominated for Best New Play and Best Ensemble. MAY THE ROAD RISE UP, which Spenser directed at The Factory, was also nominated for Best New Play.


MAY THE ROAD RISE UP closes to rave reviews!

This world premiere play directed by Spenser at The Factory Theater closed March 2019 to enthusiastic responses from audiences and critics.


The news isn’t out yet, but Spenser’s got some cool projects in the pipeline.

Check back soon to learn what, where and when!