Winner of 'The Moth' StorySLAM, David has written & performed
F*CK TINDER: a love story as well as six other one-man shows: VIRTUAL MOTION: A One-Man Hyper-Opera (Sacred Fools & 20-city tour), MONKS AND SLUTS AND STATESMEN (OH, MY!) (Edinburgh), RAGING LOVE (Atlantic Center), TRIPPIN’ (LaMaMa), ALL YOGIS BE CRAZY (Sedona Yoga Festival) and TOTAL NOVICE (HFF’14). He's currently developing a his 8th show, "Eat Your Neighbor," inspired by a trip to Papau New Guinea where he partied with missionaries, was attacked by a laughing naked man bearing a spear, and discovered a community where every person has more than two daddies.
He’s directing the feature film of TOTAL NOVICE and is finishing a book about living and working with his mentor Spalding Gray at an arts colony shortly before his suicide called NEVER MEET YOUR IDOLS.
David is a trained opera singer and Jonathan Larson Award-winning writer/composer of 7 evening-length operas/musicals, including: TRIPPIN’ (LaMaMa ETC), NO GOD BUT YEARNING: A Prayer Cycle (Mabou Mines and The Public Theatre's: New Works Now!), MONKS AND SLUTS AND STATESMEN, OH, MY! (Edinburgh), WARNING!: eXplicit Material (Disney/ASCAP, Dixon Place), VIRTUAL MOTION: A One-Man Hyper Opera, ECSTATIC JOURNEY: A Multimedia Opera (American Opera Projects), and STAR DREK!: a musical parody which ran in Seattle for 2 years to the delight of Shatner & Nimoy who came to see it and loved it.
David has worked in the writers’ rooms of the TV shows: HawthoRNe (TNT), Swingtown (CBS), and Jonas (Disney) as in The Jonas Brothers. Yup. I hung with Kevin, Joe and Nick.
David has told stories on the stages of The Moth, The Moth Grandslam, Porchlight, Bawdy Storytelling, StorySlam Oakland, BINA, That Really Happened? at The Money House, About Last Night, TMI Storytelling, Sedona Yoga Festival, Adobe Books Sex & Culture Festival, Ten Tops, TopTale, The Leimert Park Griot, and Fame: A Storytelling Event. And he’s also been a podcast guest on: "Date/Able", “Unqualified” with Anna Faris (and Dennis Leary), "I Found It on The Internet","Dates & Mates" with relationship coach Damona Hoffman, "Regarding Sex" on Radio Mutiny w/ Spycey Spyce, "Cin's Chat Corner," and “T&A Talk About Sex.”
And as co-founder of the non-profit juggernaut Raw Impressions, INC. and RIPFest he produced the world premieres of 170 of ten-minute musicals and 60 short films from 2001-2006 with over 2000 amazing artists in New York & LA including Oscar, Emmy and Tony-winning talent like Tonya Pinkins and Rachel Sheinkin.
David's also a filmmaker, branding and social media expert, who has, with his company Jade Lake Media, created social media and video campaigns for artists, entrepreneurs and Fortune 100 companies from The Loop to Microsoft. David's a crowdfunding expert who wrote the book Kickstart This! and who has created strategies and run campaigns that have raised over $1,000,000. He's helped launched companies including the Jewish subscription box, Hello Mazel, the Australian based app/start-up “:Different” and numerous films and albums including #Stuck starring Joel David Moore from Avatar, The Woman Astronaut, an orchestral album by A-List film orchestrator & composer Penka Kouneva, and The Water Phoenix by award-winning African-American filmmaker Bola Ogun.
David studied politics at Princeton with a focus on the development of the nascent state of Namibia. He also got a Masters in Music composition at Northwestern after a brief stint at Juilliard - like all good comedians.