David Middleton, our director for Driving Miss Daisy, spent many years in Atlanta, Georgia as an advertising copy-writer, designer and executive. Then later was co-owner of a bed & breakfast in Dahlonega, located in the North Georgia Mountains. He "retired" to Florida in the late 1990s. Having flirted with theater in the past, David decided to become fully involved with the theater community of this area and soon found a home at St. Petersburg Little Theatre (now City Theatre).
Through the years, David served as Box Office Manager, Advertising Manager, Artistic Director, director, and actor for St. Petersburg (Little) City Theatre and now he serves on the Board of Directors. Talk about being retired!
In 2005, Island Community Theatre asked David if he would be interested in directing Driving Miss Daisy. "I jumped at the chance. I had lived in Atlanta; I knew the locations mentioned, rubbed elbows with people who were like the characters, and experienced the civil rights movement of the time. Of course, I’d be honored to direct Driving Miss Daisy!" David shared with us. The show was a huge success.
When City Theatre placed Driving Miss Daisy on the 2018-2019 season, David couldn’t have been more pleased and would have been very disappointed if not selected to direct. SP City Theatre couldn't imagine a better person for the director role. David was excited to revisit his friend, Miss Daisy, knowing that with a different cast and crew a new adventure could be experienced. "I have not been let down." he said. This is a show that is as relevant today as when Alfred Uhry wrote it in 1987 and David shared that he is privileged to be a part of it. "This cast is remarkable and deserves to be seen bringing to life these unforgettable characters."