David Finney worked in Chicago for many years as a news writer/producer in local television and then as a copywriter for an advertising agency. He was given the Ohio State Award for Excellence in Broadcasting for his production of CRIME OF INNOCENCE, a dramatization of the murder of Emmett Till an African-American teenager from Chicago, murdered by two white men in Money, Mississippi in1955. He won a Chicago Emmy for his half-hour teleplay EMBRACE THE STARS: A PORTRAIT OF LORRAINE HANSBERRY and was the Executive Producer of the award-winning CHICAGO PLAYWRIGHTS FESTIVAL, a series of three teleplays written by local playwrights, featuring the work of Chicago actors and directors. The festival was broadcast by WMAQ-TV (NBC) for four years.
Mr. Finney’s play, THE CASSAVA MAN, was a semi-finalist in the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s 2017 National Playwrights Conference; his short play THE CONSPIRACY, won for best adaptation in City Lit Theater’s 2016 Art of Adaptation Festival. Other Chicago productions include: THE SELLOUT (Gorilla Tango Theater) and THE INTRUDER (Intuit). His one-act, LOVE IN A MINOR KEY, won first place and was produced in the one-act play festival sponsored by Frostburg State University (MD); his one-act, MAYBE, was produced by the Seoul Players of Seoul South Korea; another full-length play, THE GORILLA KING, has received readings at Chicago Dramatists, Three Cat Productions and the Greenhouse Theater Center (Trellis Reading Series).