David Hansen

Playwriting | Cleveland State University | Class of 2023

What do our dreams mean? Moving through spaces both familiar and frightening, featuring shadows of recognizable people and places, shrouding unspoken desires, envy, fear, and shame, “Scenes from a Night’s Dream” immerses the audience in one person’s manic dreams, then launches them unsteadily into the waking world, to decipher an unsettling, subconscious mystery.


About David

David Hansen has participated in Cleveland’s theater renaissance as a co-founder and artistic director of Guerrilla Theater Company, Dobama’s Night Kitchen, and Bad Epitaph Theater Company, as well as an actor, director, and playwright for theaters across Northeast Ohio. He holds a BFA in Theater Arts and Drama from the Ohio University School of Theater. David is Education Outreach Associate for Great Lakes Theater and a member of the Dramatists Guild of America.

What’s on your nightstand right now?

“Reading Lolita in Tehran” by Azar Nafisi, “Me and White Supremacy” by Layla Saad, and “Juneteenth” by Ralph Ellison.

Your favorite place to write while in the NEOMFA?

So much of my studies were conducted virtually that I got into the habit of writing at home, in front of the fire in our cozy little boho domicile in Cleveland Heights. I write by hand and when I am not writing I can meditate on the flames. During pleasant months our uncovered deck becomes like another room and I will write there, too. I look forward to those times so much.

Your advice to an incoming MFA student?

Take risks in your writing. The NEOMFA is an opportunity to tap into that essential part of yourself and to find your voice in a supportive atmosphere that may not be available to you in the professional world.