David Nisbet’s passion for teaching and care for his students is reflected in nearly any conversation with him. The father of two has had hundreds of kids over the years, ones he has helped develop in the classroom and on stage into professional actors performing in theaters across the country.
The associate professor of theatre and director of the theatre program is thankful for the new Reinhardt University Theater that allows him and other theatre faculty to train the budding thespians currently in the program.
“Reinhardt is truly unique. From a theatre perspective, we offer individualized training for prospective actors. Reinhardt has a faculty and staff that genuinely care for our students. I know this has been said a thousand times, but it is so true – this faculty and staff work to bring out the best in our students. They leave Reinhardt as well-rounded individuals and will have friendships that will last a lifetime.”
Nisbet regularly refers to his students as “his kids,” taking a vested interest in each student in the Reinhardt Theatre program. While he teaches many courses in the program, the variety taught in Audition Techniques is his favorite.
“I can bring my professional experience into play to show my students how to hone their audition techniques and get the job.”
Hard work is to be credited to Nisbet’s success as leader and mentor to students, but he credits one of his “most valued mentors,” his high school drama teacher Bob Rueter.
“He showed me that there was a vast world to be explored and theatre could transport you there. I would not be where I am now without the support and guidance of Bob,” Nisbet said.
When Nisbet is not working with Reinhardt students or preparing for a show in the black box performance space, he enjoys spending time with his son, Sam, restoring a 1966 Plymouth Fury.