David Burton is a writer from Brisbane, Queensland. In 2014, he won the Text Prize for Children and Young Adults' Writing for his memoir How to be Happy which was published in 2015. David is also known for his award-winning theatrical work, including April's Fool, a verbatim play concerning illicit teenage drug use, published by Playlab Press, Under This Sky or 'The Logan Project' for Queensland Music Festival and The Voice in the Walls at Old Government House, Brisbane. In 2016, his new work St. Mary's in Exile premiered as part of the 2016 Queensland Theatre Company MainStage season. He is also the current co-host for the podcast AskPew!Pew! with Claire Christian.
In 2017, David is writing and directing a new project for Queensland Music Festival. He's also currently studying the Doctorate of Creative Industries at Queensland University of Technology.
In 2014, David co-produced and co-wrote the critically acclaimed Hedonism's Second Album, premiering at La Boite Indie and published by Playlab Press. In the same year, he also directed Bald Heads and Blue Stars.
In 2013, David wrote the epic community musical Boomtown for Queensland Music Festival, the young adult sci-fi adventure Orbit for Queensland Theatre Company and The Grin and Tonic Theatre Troupe, and two theatre-in-education pieces for the touring company The Grin and Tonic Theatre Troupe. He also co-directed The Winter's Tale for the University of Southern Queensland's Shakespeare in the Park Festival, and performed in Oh, The Humanity. David also hosted To Glee or Not to Glee in Toowoomba for the third year running. He was also Associate Producer for the Brisbane Writers Festival.
David is also a podcaster, having co-presented Stuff and Things for twelve months with Carley Commens, where it became one of the most popular Arts podcasts in Australia on the iTunes charts. In 2013, David and Carley returned with House of Nerd, a weekly half-hour pop culture commentary show, immediately attracting a devoted following. David has applied his podcasting skills to companies such as Blackie McDonald to assist their internal communication.
David taught at the University of Southern Queensland for four years across theatre and literature subjects, and wrote and taught the Creative Writing minor.
David is also a professional editor and dramaturge, and is available for consultation. He has a Bachelor in Theatre Arts from USQ and a Masters in Creative Industries (Creative Writing) from QUT. In 2014 his achievements were recognised by the University of Southern Queensland, and he was awarded with Young Alumnus and Outstanding Alumnus of the Year.