David Cotter Death – Adjunct professor of theatre at Heidelberg University in Tiffin, Ohio David Cotter has sadly passed away. He died on Monday, August 14th, 2023. He was confirmed dead on Monday through a written statement by him on his Facebook account that read “Well, I died today. For many of you that know me, it is a miracle that I made it as long as I did. And I did that because of the love of my family, friends, and my hero Stephen.”
What was David Cotter’s cause of death?
David Cotter’s cause of death was not made public by the family at the time of this publication. Meanwhile according to social media posts on Wednesday, August 9th, David Cotter was admitted to the hospital. During the time of his illness, Dave was surrounded by love from his parents and brother, and his partner Stephen.
Who was David Cotter?
David Cotter’s illustrious career spanned across various facets of the performing arts and education. He held the position of adjunct professor of theatre at Heidelberg University, where he imparted his expertise in musical theatre, acting, and design to eager minds. In addition to teaching, he undertook the role of resident musical director, guiding the on-campus show choir and cappella groups, thereby enriching the university’s vibrant artistic landscape.
Prior to his time at Heidelberg, David Cotter made a significant impact as the Managing Artistic Director of Town Hall Theatre, a unique Dayton, Ohio establishment dedicated exclusively to presenting theatrical works for young audiences. His commitment to nurturing young talents and fostering a love for the arts in the next generation shone brightly during this role.
Further adding to his distinguished career, Dave served as the Director of Education at The Redhouse Arts Center in Syracuse, New York. Here, he spearheaded a remarkable $3.2 million education collaboration program. This innovative initiative focused on arts integration and collaboration with students within the Syracuse City School District, highlighting his dedication to promoting creativity and learning through the arts.
About David Cotter
Dave’s influence extended to the realm of education as a certified music educator in both Ohio and New York. He dedicated time to the middle school classroom, imparting his passion for music to young learners. His commitment to sharing knowledge and insights led him to be a frequent presenter at conferences, including prestigious gatherings like the Southeastern Theatre Conference, American Alliance for Theatre Education, Florida Theatre Conference, and Tedx.
With an insatiable love for the musical theatre genre, Dave was an avid performer, historian, director, and music director. His passion for the arts led him to pursue education at the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam and the University of Central Florida, where he honed his skills and shaped his journey to becoming a prominent figure in the world of theatre and education.
David Cotter’s Last Words
Well, I died today.
For many of you that know me, it is a miracle that I made it as long as I did. And I did that because of the love of my family, friends, and my hero Stephen.
I’ve made so many mistakes, but I’ve also done so many amazing things. And I have a few takeaways I’d like to share: First, always ask for help and when it arrives make sure you accept it. (Stephen may need some help with this one now that I’m gone.) Second, you are never too lost or too broken to come home. Stephen’s and my Mom’s doors are always open if your homes aren’t. Third, don’t judge a book by other people’s reviews. Read it yourself, get to the truth of it. The true story is never as simple as the gossip you might hear. Fourth, theatre is hard. And it should be. If it wasn’t everyone would do it, and it wouldn’t be the special thing that it is. And finally, love each other as best that you can. You don’t have to be perfect (I really struggled with that one), you just have to deliver on the basics: Show up, be on their side, and bring chips and dip.
Break a leg, everyone. I’ll be singing, dancing, and eating ice cream while I wait for you for whatever our next adventure together will bring.
David Cotter’s obituary and funeral arrangements will be released by the family at a later date.
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