Dave Reynolds is a one-man movement in local theater.
The 39-year-old Wilkes-Barre resident is an associate professor of theater at King’s College, where he bolstered the musical theater program, and he is active in community theater companies.
Reynolds graduated from King’s College in 2000 with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a minor in theater, but remained active in summer programs and community efforts. He helped found the Gaslight Theatre Company in Wilkes-Barre Township in 2003.
“It was pretty much founded by people who had gone through the program at King’s as a reaction to — it seemed to us — a lack in the community scene in the kind of theater we wanted to make, which was classical stuff and under-produced stuff,” Reynolds said.
Reynolds attended Temple University from 2006 to 2009 where he received his Master’s of Fine Arts in theatrical design. He began teaching at King’s College in 2010 and is currently the production manager and head of design and technology in the theater department in addition to being a professor.
Under Reynold’s direction, the musical theater program has enjoyed six successful years showcasing productions like The Who’s “Tommy” and “Godspell.”
“When I came back as a professor, we had done musicals but small, lesser-known musicals,” Reynolds said. “It seemed to me that one of the things that would be a good draw to students would be doing more mainstream musicals.”
Reynolds is also involved with the KISS Theatre Company in Wilkes-Barre Township where he is an acting board member and has directed “Titanic” the musical and “Anything Goes.”
“Anything Goes,” Reynolds said, was the first production he was in at the age of 15.
“It was a trip for me because I could remember falling in love with theater and falling in love with the idea of performance and getting to be someone else,” he said. “And I could watch (the kids) doing it at the same time. One of the great lines we say is, ‘in the theater, we get to make pretend for a living,’ but, like anything else, it can be a grind. It’s work, and getting to see people fall in love with the whole idea of it is a great way to recharge your batteries and realize why you’re doing it in the first place.”
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