David Cote is a playwright, librettist and arts journalist based in New York City. His operas include Three Way with composer Robert Paterson (Nashville Opera and BAM); The Scarlet Ibis (Prototype Festival) and Fade with Stefan Weisman. His plays include Otherland and Fear of Art. His reporting and reviews appear in American Theatre, What Should We Do?!, The Village Voice and elsewhere.
Other opera libretti: We’ve Got Our Eye on You with composer Nkeiru Okoye (work in progress). David co-wrote the text for Okoye’s piece for baritone and orchestra, Invitation to a Die-In, dedicated to the memory of Trayvon Martin. His song cycle with Paterson, In Real Life, was performed by soprano Marnie Breckenridge and American Modern Ensemble. Choral works with Paterson, Did You Hear? and Snow Day, were sung by Musica Sacra and conducted by Kent Tritle on Eternal Reflections (American Modern Recordings).
David was the longest serving theater editor and chief drama critic of Time Out New York (2003-17), publishing thousands of reviews and articles. His writing has also appeared in Opera News, The Guardian, The Times (UK) and The New York Times. He’s the author of popular companion books to the hit Broadway musicals Wicked, Jersey Boys and Spring Awakening. From 2010-11 he taught arts criticism at Brooklyn College. For the Best Plays Yearbook series, he wrote essays on Shining City, Blackbird and The Receptionist. From 1996 to '99, he was co-founder and editor of two theater 'zines: OFF: a journal of alternative theater and EdgeNY.
As an actor, David worked with avant-garde legend Richard Foreman, the exiled Iranian director Assurbanipal Babilla, and writer-directors Richard Maxwell, Robert Cucuzza and D.J. Mendel, among others. He directed Babilla's acclaimed monologue Something Something Über Alles (Das Jackpot) for its world premiere in 1998 and the 2013 revival with Robert Honeywell.
David was born and adopted in New Hampshire. He lives in Manhattan with his wife, audiobook narrator Katherine Kellgren. Fellowships: The MacDowell Colony. Member of the New York Drama Critics Circle, ASCAP and the Dramatists Guild. Proud alumnus of Bard College.