David's life in the theatre began when he played a bunny rabbit in his third-grade talent show.  Over a career spanning a quarter of a century, David has worked as a director, playwright, actor, educator, dancer, choreographer, critic, producer, and coach.  


David has served as a director or assistant director in New York for the Pearl Theatre Company, Manhattan Theatre Source, Flux Theatre Ensemble, and Boomerang Theatre Company.  In 2017 he directed five full-length productions, including the regional premiere of Kwame Kwee-Armah's BENEATHA'S PLACE for Verge Theater Company and a new adaptation of ANTONY & CLEOPATRA for Nashville Shakespeare Festival. In 2018, David will direct William Mastrosimone's EXTREMITIES at Tennessee State University and a premiere production for Pipeline-Collective, plus workshops of new material at spaces in Illinois and Wisconsin. 

As a playwright, his works include THE LATCHKEY POOL, mass, THE DELAWARE CODICIL, LIBERTY & JOE DIMAGGIO, SLEEPER, and THE CURING ROOM. 2014 saw consecutive productions of THE CURING ROOM in London and at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, produced by Stripped Down Productions, followed by consecutive Canadian productions by Theatre BSMT and Theatre Outré, as well as a nearly two-year engagement in Athens, Greece, in a production translated by Adonis Galeos. 


As an actor, he has performed internationally and with renowned American regional theatres including Utah Shakespeare, Sedona Shakespeare, New York Classical Theatre, The Actors Theatre of Louisville, Arizona Repertory Theatre, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, Nashville Repertory Theatre, and the Tennessee Repertory Theatre, among others. After moving to New York in 2001, he originated roles in dozens of new works developed by some of his favorite artists in the off-off Broadway community, including Nat Cassidy, James Comtois, Mac Rogers, and August Schulenberg. 


Film & television credits include “As The World Turns,” “One Life to Live,” the web series "Scenes From the Movies," and the award-winning short PINECONE, based on his short play.  


David has had the honor of performing with and learning from artists including John Barton, Jason Alexander, Harriet Harris, Buck Henry, Marc Kudisch, Anthony Mackie, Ellen McLaughlin, Denis O'Hare, Brad Oscar, and Patrick Page.  


Born and raised in Southern California, David received his BFA in Acting and Directing from the University of Arizona and his MFA in Directing from Illinois State University.  David is also a proud graduate of New York's William Esper Studio, where he studied with William Esper and Terry Knickerbocker. David currently resides in Nashville, Tennessee, where he is a full-time faculty member in the theatre area at Tennessee State University.

David is a founding member of Pipeline-Collective, an organization that proudly declares "We are not a theatre company." Rather, Pipeline-Collective is "the actors, the writers, the theatremakers who seek from time to time to bring the best and the new and the undiscovered from larger markets to the places where we are."  For more information, please visit www.pipeline-collective.com.


Favorite credit: Father to Beckett Harrison Lee, on which he collaborated with his wife, Karen.


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