David Overend joined the University of Edinburgh in 2019 after three years at Royal Holloway, University of London, and five years at the University of the West of Scotland. He has also taught at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and the University of Glasgow. As a director, David has worked for the National Theatre of Great Britain and several other theatres, and has toured internationally with award-winning productions. His books include Making Routes: Journeys in performance 2010-2020, co-authored with Laura Bissell (Triarchy Press 2021), and an edited collection, Rob Drummond: Plays with participation (Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2021). David is currently working with Edinburgh Futures Institute, developing a portfolio of new undergraduate courses and programmes.