"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 / TEACHING: 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 who would 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. For 3 years he was the director of the Senior Industry Showcase at Fordham University's Theatre Program. David has coached at the MacArthur Genius Fellow Tommie Lindsey's legendary program at James Logan High School (featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show), Florida Forensic Institute, California State University Northridge and headed Acting for stage & film at Broadway Breakthru. It has been an incredible honor coaching many actors into roles on Broadway, Off-Broadway, and TV Series/Film jobs. One of the greatest joys for David has been guiding less-experienced but passionate actors into quick breakthroughs with acting technique gathered from all of the greats that came before. He has been thrilled to assist fellow actors with well established careers who are experiencing blocks, back into their joy, creative flow and great success. He has coached many students into admittance into the top MFA Acting programs in the country, including The Yale School of Drama, NYU's Tisch School of the Arts Graduate Acting Program, and The Juilliard School. Becoming a go-to coach for actors and peers has been a huge honor, allowing David the chance to help foster incredible artistic growth, all while witnessing amazing blossoming careers. While the practical focus of the work is helping actors land film roles, TV, and amazing theater jobs, David's true passion is watching an actor grow more free and themselves. 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, a new half hour comedy pilot 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). On stage David has originated roles and workshopped new plays by Anne Washburn, Lucas Hnath, Gina Gionfriddo, Adam Rapp, Jason Grote, Dorothy Fortenberry, Samuel D. Hunter, Deb Laufer, Philip Himberg, Megan Mostyn Brown, Chris Chen, Edith Freni, Cusi Cram, amongst many many more. David has worked with so many incredible directors including Les Waters, Lila Neugebauer, Steve Cosson, David Auburn, Tyne Rafaeli, Rebecca Taichman, James Naughton, Alex Kilgore, and Evan Cabnet amongst so many brilliant others. TV appearances include The Good Wife, Mozart in The Jungle, Cashmere Mafia. David has acted in many national commercials as well as a ton of web content, including Streamy Award winning series, and comedy that have been featured all over including Funnie or Die, HuffingtonPost, Daily Motion, LATimes, and many more sites. David received his MFA in Acting from NYU Tisch School of the Arts' Graduate Acting Program.