Spenser davis


Spenser is a director, playwright, filmmaker and longtime company member of Broken Nose Theatre. Chicago Tribune’s Chris Jones has called his directing “amped-up, high-stakes, hyper-realistic,” while recognizing his playwriting as “hugely talented.” His directing credits include At The Table (Jeff Awards for Best Director, Production and Ensemble; Chicago Tribune’s Best of 2017), his own play Plainclothes (Jeff Award for Best Ensemble), A Phase, From White Plains, and several editions of Bechdel Fest; May the Road Rise Up and Adventures of Spirit Force Five (The Factory); Bachelorette (Level 11); Upfront and Ten-Minute Kafka (First Floor); Extraordinary (Otherworld); numerous editions of the One Minute Play Festival; as well as festivals, workshops and readings with American Blues, Strawdog, Mary-Arrchie, Arc Theatre, ATC, and Pride Films and Plays. Assistant directing credits include Pilgrim’s Progress and 3C (A Red Orchid), as well as Divine Sister (Hell in a Handbag), all with Shade Murray. He won the 2019 M. Elizabeth Osborn New Play Award for his play Plainclothes, which was also a finalist for the Harold & Mimi Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award. His first full-length Merge closed out The New Colony’s eighth season. His short plays have been produced across the country, in Canada, and in Scotland, and have been published by Smith & Kraus New York. He’s an ensemble member of The Factory Theater and occasionally still works around town as an actor.


Plainclothes (with Kanomé Jones)
Bechdel Fest 6: Revolution (“Every Other Tuesday”)
Bechdel Fest 5: Identity Crisis (“The Rule”)
At The Table Summer Remount
At The Table
A Phase
Bechdel Fest 2: Healing Process
(“Oregon Trail”)
From White Plains




My First Time: The Remount (Man 2)
Beautiful Broken (Alex)
My First Time
(Man 2)


The Paper Trail: Exposure (Curator)
The Paper Trail: Peg (Curator)
Plainclothes (Projections Designer)
The Paper Trail: Options (Curator)
At The Table Summer Remount (Scenic Designer)
At The Table (Scenic Designer)
The Paper Trail: Kingdom (Curator)
A Phase (Co-Scenic Designer, Co-Projections Designer)
Bechdel Fests 1 – 6