David Blixt
Fight Director

A co-founder of A Crew of Patches Theatre Company and an Artistic Associate with the Michigan Shakespeare Festival, David has performed or directed 30 of Shakespeare’s 38 plays. His most-performed roles include Macbeth, Mercutio, Petruchio, Benedick, and Oberon. Other acting credits include the Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, the Shakespeare Theatre of Washington DC, the Goodman, Lifeline, Northlight, and the First Folio Shakespeare Festival. He has twice won Wilde Awards for Best Actor In A Comedy, first in 2014 for Algernon in The Importance Of Being Earnest, then again in 2019 for the title role in Cyrano de Bergerac.

His stage combat credits include the above theatres, as well as Steppenwolf, Rivendell, The Artistic Home, Hope Summer Rep, InFusion Theatre, and Defiant Theatre, among many others. He has been twice nominated for Joseph Jefferson awards for stage violence.  

In his other life, David is an author of historical fiction, writing novels that span the early Roman Empire (the Colossus series, his play Eve Of Ides) through Renaissance Italy (the Star-Cross’d series) past the Elizabethan era (Her Majesty’s Will) to the Victorian era with his series of Nellie Bly novels.  As the Historical Novel Society says, “Be prepared to burn the midnight oil. It’s well worth it.”