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In memory of our dear colleague
David Bean (1964-2023)

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The Hunter College Theatre Department mourns the recent passing of our longtime friend and colleague, David Bean, mentor to hundreds of students over the course of his time at Hunter.


Dave was Technical Director for the Hunter College Theatre Department since Fall of 2000. Over twenty three years, he oversaw more than fifty productions, constructing sets and scenery, maintained and managed our performance spaces and equipment, and shared his technical knowledge with students, nurturing their interests in technical theatre. Dave wore many hats, working with lighting and sound as well as set. His pivotal role put him in a position of working in some capacity with nearly every Theatre major who passed through our doors. One of Dave’s favorite events was the pizza party, traditionally held after every strike, when cast, crew, and faculty gather to celebrate the hard work of everyone involved in creating our department production.


Before coming to Hunter, Dave worked for more than twenty years in technical theater in roles such as Technical Director, Assistant Shop Foreman, and Master Carpenter, both in preproductions and productions, and for summer and regional theaters, as well as Off Broadway and at other entertainment venues.


Thank you Dave for all you’ve done for generations of Hunter students, many going on to careers in theatre. We Look forward to gathering as a community in the Spring semester for a celebration of Dave and all he shared with us.

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