Dave Hunsaker is an Alaskan screenwriter and playwright based in Juneau, Alaska, and Venice, California. As a screenwriter, he has written for most of the major studios and for directors Robert Redford, Norman Jewison, Julie Taymor, Stanley Donen, Carroll Ballard, the late Tony Scott, and Roger Donaldson, among others. He has also worked with producers Robert Chartoff, Lynn Hendee, Edward Pressman, and David Skinner, along with actor Leonardo DiCaprio.
His graphic novel, The North End of the World (illustrated by Christopher Shy) was published by Black Watch Comics, October, 2012. For ten years he was Artistic Director of the Juneau-based Naa Kahidi Theatre, an international touring company of Native Alaskan artists. His play “Yup’ik Antigone” had a sold-out run in New York and twice represented the USA at festivals in Europe. Six of his plays have been produced at Perseverance Theatre, and numerous other plays have been performed in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and elsewhere in the world.
He is a recipient of the Alaska Governor’s Award for the Arts and a Fellowship for the Arts in New York. He received an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Alaska in May, 2014. He is a Fellow of the Sundance Institute, a member of the Writers Guild of America, and is an adopted member of the Lukaax.ádi Clan of the Tlingit Nation.