STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBER
My professional world began with what I learned from the formative experiences I had at the USIU School of Performing Arts, and subsequently at the Old Globe Theatre, in San Diego. When I was of an age to do Godspell, I was largely about instinct, over experience. But, at 23 years old, what would one expect. I had fallen in with two groups of very talented professionals who saw in me the potential that, frankly, took me some years to realize. And, I couldn’t be more grateful. In the late summer of 1974, I joined up with a cast of wonderful, vibrant young performers to begin rehearsals of this unique and challenging show called, Gospell. My life has never been the same since.
From that point, and over the next year, we rode the whirlwind with a show that touched and excited audiences like nothing I’ve ever experienced since. I’m happy to say that, somehow, I’ve spent a large portion of my life engaged in professional theater – which has been my life-long ambition. I’m not a household name, nor on Broadway. But, I consider myself lucky and privileged to have had a career in the toughest game there is. And, Godspell was the beginning. I got my Equity card with that production.
Since then, I’ve had the incredible good fortune of performing in a number of repertory companies all over the country – from Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, to La Jolla Playhouse, to Portland Center Stage and Artists Repertory in the great Northwest. At La Jolla Playhouse he worked with James LaPine to premiere his new musicalized version of Little Miss Sunshine. He also worked with the creators of Urinetown to develop and premiere their musical companion piece Yeast Nation. Also at La Jolla Playhouse and San Diego Repertory, David worked with playwright Matt Spangler to develop and premiere his adaptation of T.C. Boyle’s Tortilla Curtain. In Portland, David’s most recent project was Indecent, for Artists Repertory. But, his favorite work was in 2019’s production of The No Play, with the wonderful folks of Passinart.
So much, and yet I lust for more constantly. Long live Godspell!