David C. Bell

Associate Dean for Finance and Administration; Acting Chair for Stage Management and Technical Theatre

Dean's Office for Hartt

The Hartt School
860.768.4073 F 210-4

MFA, Yale School of Drama

BS, University of Idaho

David is currently serving as the Associate Dean of Finance & Administration at The Hartt School which follows forty years of working in the performing arts. 

In his twenty-seven years at the University David has overseen the administrative, operational and production activities of The Hartt School as its Managing Director. David originally joined the University as the Director of Technical Theater and then assumed the responsibility of the Lincoln Theater and the University of Hartford Box Office.

David started his career working in regional theaters across the US in various roles: carpenter, stagehand, master electrician, stage manager and lighting designer.  David returned to New York City, where he worked at The Tisch School of the Arts at NYU and at The Juilliard School.

David earned a bachelor’s degree in Set and Lighting Design from the University of Idaho and a master’s of fine arts degree in Technical Design & Production from the Drama School at Yale University.  He is a past member of the International Association of Assembly Managers, Inc. (IAAM), the United States Institute of Theatre Technology, Inc. (USITT),  the League of American Theatres and Producers and is currently a visiting evaluator for the National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST).