Raised in Northern California, David studied at UC Irvine, where he sang in
madrigal groups, barbershop quartets, jazz choir, and the University Singers.
He also began performing in very interactive forms of theater--standup comedy,
emceeing variety shows, and performing in the music department's annual
Madrigal dinner fundraiser.
His acting career began in earnest in New York City. In addition to continuing
to host large-scale talent events, he also played in sketch comedy groups and
was part of The Pied Pipers children's theater group for over four years. He
sang in groups of all sizes, performing in such venues as the Paramount,
Madison Square Garden, and Boston Garden. He dabbled a bit in the technical
and production side of theater, as well as film, crewing for feature film locations
all over the city. He also adapted, produced, and directed a successful audio
drama version of "A Christmas Carol" for the 150th anniversary of the book's
publication. He returned to the stage to perform with NYGASP, the fledgling
CTP (for which he directed) and other small experimental theater groups.
Moving back to Northern California to be nearer to his family, David's career blossomed. Since 1998, he has performed in nearly every theater in the North Bay area in musicals and plays, both contemporary and classical. His experience has expanded to include television and commercials for VISA and AOL, and directing for the stage. With every project, David seeks to grow, and to inspire others to give their very best in the world of storytelling he loves so well.
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Schools: University of California, Irvine; Actors’ Center, Los Angeles, CA
Acting: Mary Ann McGarry, Geoffrey Owens, Larry Salberg
Stage combat: John Sullins (Military Master at Arms), Rick Pallaziol, and Arte White
Voice: Joseph Huszti, Michael Geiger, Jenny Jones
Cartoon Voice: Bob Geren
Standard British, Cockney, Irish and various American dialects; vocal sound effects and impressions. Five years
experience in children’s theater (Pied Pipers, New York). Extensive large venue improvisational work, including
Master of Ceremonies and standup comedy at Bill Graham Civic Center, Shoreline Amphitheatre, Madison Square
Garden and numerous other venues, and participating in the Renaissance Faire in Northern and Southern California
and Dickens Christmas Faire in San Francisco. Have sung solo and in small and large ensembles (jazz, madrigal,
barbershop, 50-100 voice choral groups); can also conduct. Have performed street theater and “busking” shows
(acting, juggling, stage combat). Have facilitated team building exercises for Fortune 100 companies in New York and
California. Active sports enthusiast (ice hockey, ultimate Frisbee, volleyball). Prior service US Army/CAARNG
(E-4, desert reconnaissance). California Driver’s License (current).
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