"You should feel a flow of joy because you are alive. Your body will feel full of life. That is what you must give from the stage. Your life. No less. That is art: to give all you have. And what have you? Your life-nothing more. And to give life means to feel life throughout your whole being.”
~ Michael Chekhov
~ Michael Chekhov
COACHING: David's passion for teaching began when he was just 14, after being asked to coach other high school students. By the age of 20 he was coaching some of the top young actors in the nation, including a handful of performers that went on to become National Champions in the National Forensic League. After earning his degree from UC Berkeley and studying acting abroad in London, David earned his MFA in Acting from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts' Graduate Acting Program. Since then, David has coached at the Florida Forensic Institute, MacArthur Genius Fellow Tommie Lindsey's legendary program at James Logan High School, California State University Northridge and is the head teacher of acting for stage & film at Broadway Breakthru. David currently teaches the senior class at Fordham University, and directs their Industry Showcase. He has coached many students into admittance into the top BA Theatre and MFA Acting programs in the country, including The Yale School of Drama and NYU's Graduate Acting Program. Becoming a go-to coach for actors and peers has been a huge honor, allowing David the chance to be a part of great individual artistic growth, in addition to witnessing amazing blossoming careers. While the practical focus of the work is helping actors land film roles, TV series regular/recurring roles, and amazing theater jobs, David's true passion is watching an actor grow more free. An artist is most aligned, most happy, and most effective when they fill their work with their own unique spirit, and David is thrilled to help actors bring more and more joy and life into their work.
ORIGINAL CONTENT: David's original work has been featured on Funny or Die, HuffingtonPost, CollegeHumor, Jezebel, Mashable, MTV.com, Digg, the New York Post, and Fox TV's Right This Minute and many other sites. David is the creator/writer/director of the multi-platform comedy series Connection Unavailable. David is the co-creator of the half hour comedy pilot Ben and David, as well as the webseries for backstage.com of the same title. David is continuing his original work with a third play, his half hour comedy pilot "Carl's Life," and more upcoming original short comedy with collaborator Michelle Markowitz.
ACTOR: As an actor David has appeared in films like God of Love (Academy Award, best short film), Two Lovers (opposite Joaquin Phoenix and Gwyneth Paltrow), The Rebound (opposite Catherine Zeta Jones) and People are Becoming Clouds (Toronto International Film Festival 2015). On stage David originated and workshopped new material by Gina Gionfriddo, Anne Washburn, Jason Grote, Adam Rapp, Lucas Hnath, Deb Laufer, Philip Himberg, Megan Mostyn Brown, Edith Freni, Cusi Cram, Dorothy Fortenberry, and many others. TV appearances include The Good Wife, Mozart in The Jungle, Cashmere Mafia. David has acted in a ton of web content and commercials, including Streamy Award winning series, and comedy that have been featured all over including HuffingtonPost, Mashable, LATimes, and many more sites. David received his MFA in Acting from NYU Tisch School of the Arts' Graduate Acting Program.