2017 marks David’s 14th Edinburgh Fringe since 2000, acting in 19 different plays and directing twice. Besides his on-stage work, David has directed in the US, the UK and in Australia, including two site specific immersive theatre productions: The Hunchback of Notre Dame at 900-year-old Selby Abbey in Yorkshire, and Macbethin London at the Clerkenwell House of Detention, which is haunted and where he recorded a ghost on film. Other directing credits include The Half by Richard Dormer and starring Guy Masterson (Edinburgh Festival, Adelaide Fringe Festival), Brian Parks’ American Poodle – Splayfoot (Adelaide Fringe and UK Tour), Specterby Don Nigro (The Present Co., NYC), The Conversation (Samuel Beckett Theater, NYC), A Streetcar Named Desire (Dock Street Theater, Charleston South Carolina), True West and American Buffalo (Garden Theater, Charleston, SC).
As an actor at the Edinburgh Fringe, David has been nominated three times for The Stage Best Actor award and once for Best Solo Performer, winning best actor for his role in Horse Country in 2002. In 2011, he was named the Best Theatre Performer of the Adelaide Fringe Festival for his performance in The Event by John Clancy and was given a statue and an envelope stuffed with $500 in cash and felt like the bride at a Mafia wedding. In 2004, he was lucky enough to be one of the three non-comedians in Guy Masterson’s production of 12 Angry Men, laughing a lot and a bit in awe of Bill Bailey, Stephen Frost, Andy Smart, Steve Furst, Ian Coppinger, Jeff Green, Owen O’Neill, and comedian turned movie star, Dave Johns.
Outside the fringe, David starred as Juror 2 in a completely different production of 12 Angry Men, this one in London’s West End at the Garrick Theatre with Martin Shaw, Tom Conti and the late great Robert Vaughn. Other acting credits include: Elder Jay in The Christians (Gate Theatre, London; Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh), Rooster in The Shawshank Redemption (Gaiety Theatre, Dublin – which was produced by the now right honorable SMP, Tommy Shepard), Wallace Stevens in Americana Absurdum (Menier Chocolate Factory, London; PS 122, NY) and The Exonerated (Assembly Theatre, Edinburgh). He’s performed both on and off the fringe circuit internationally in America, Australia, Canada, Germany, Holland, Ireland, New Zealand and throughout the UK.