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David Bridel

David Bridel was appointed dean of the USC School of Dramatic Arts in 2016. He is the inaugural holder of the Braverman Family Dean's Chair. Prior to his appointment as dean, he served as interim dean of the School of Dramatic Arts, associate dean of global initiatives, and director of the school's MFA in Acting program. Bridel's original plays are "Lunatics and Actors," "I Gelosi," and "Sublimity." "Sublimity," Bridel's solo performance, won the Best Satire Award at the 2013 United Solo Festival in New York. He is also the winner of an ARC grant from the Center for Cultural Initiatives, a cultural engagement grant from the Department of Cultural Affairs, an Entertainment Weekly Special Events Award, a NYFA Fiction Award, an Anna Sosenko Musical Theater Award, and a Zumberge Award for his research project, Clowns Across Continents. He also co-authored the recent book "Clowns: In Conversation With Modern Masters" and his adaptation of "Doctor Faustus." David Bridel has contributed to American Theatre magazine and he is the founding and artistic director of The Clown School in Los Angeles, officially partnered with Improv First in Beijing and the Stanislavsky Institute in Brazil.