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Spenser is a playwright, director, actor and filmmaker currently working and living in Chicago. As a playwright, he’s the recipient of the 2019 M. Elizabeth Osborn Award for Emerging Playwright; as a director, he won the 2017 Joseph Jefferson Award for Best Director/Play. He serves as 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. He’s also an ensemble member of The Factory Theater, one of the city’s oldest homes for world-premiere plays and musicals, and is a nominator for The Kilroys’ List.
His directing credits at Broken Nose include Michael Perlman’s At The Table (Jeff Awards - Best Director, Production and Ensemble), Elise Spoerlein’s A Phase, Perlman’s From White Plains, several editions of Bechdel Fest, and his own play Plainclothes (Jeff Award - Best Ensemble). At Factory, he’s helmed the world premieres of Shannon O’Neill’s May the Road Rise Up (Jeff nomination - Best New Play) and Jill Oliver’s The Adventures of Spirit Force Five. Other directing credits include Every Other Tuesday at Steppenwolf 1700; Bachelorette at Level 11; Upfront and Ten-Minute Kafka at First Floor Theater; Extraordinary at Otherworld; numerous editions of the One Minute Play Festival; as well as readings, workshops and festivals with American Blues Theatre, ATC, Strawdog, Mary-Arrchie, 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 writer, his full-length plays include Plainclothes, which recently had its critically acclaimed World Premiere at Broken Nose Theatre, received the 2019 M. Elizabeth Osborn Award for an emerging playwright from the American Theatre Critics Association, won the 2019 Joseph Jefferson Award for Best Ensemble, and has been named a finalist for the 2019 Harold and Mimi Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award; and Merge, about the rise and fall of the video game company Atari, which closed The New Colony’s eighth season and has since been adapted into a television pilot script. He’s a winner of Scotland’s Solas Festival, finalist for the Actor Theater of Louisville’s Heideman Award, and his short plays have been produced across the country, in Canada, and have been published by Smith & Kraus New York.
He’s a series writer, director, and co-creator of the short-form comedy series SQUID alongside comedian (and his sister) Sydney Davis Jr. Jr. Its first five episodes are now available on Amazon Prime. He’s also in a few of the episodes, and he’s not too horrible.
He lives in Chicago with his awesome fiance Elise and two ridiculous cats.
He is represented by William Morris Endeavor.