David is an actor and theatre director who has enjoyed a wide-ranging career in the Performing Arts over the last 25 years
After reading English at Oxford University he trained as an actor at the Guildhall School Of Music and Drama (graduating as Gold Medallist having studied Voice with Patsy Rodenburg and Performance with Ken Rea), and has since worked extensively in theatre, radio and TV, collaborating with multiple companies.
He has had a particularly long association with The Orange Tree Theatre, where he was the theatre’s first ever Artist in Residence, directing Ibsen’s Love’s Comedy and the European premiere of It Just Stopped (Stephen Sewell). He was Associate Director for The Middlemarch Trilogy and is currently an Associate Artist of the theatre.
In addition to his work with The Orange Tree Theatre, David is a member of the teaching faculty for the Rutgers University actor training programme at Shakespeare’s Globe, an opportunity that allows him to share his passion for Shakespeare. He has also worked extensively in Community Theatre, devising and directing The Merton Mysteries, The Man Who Planted Trees and The Pilgrim of Love, each involving over 150 pupils from 8 different schools.
David has a musical background as an instrumentalist and performer, with credits including the role of Macheath for Pimlico Opera. In 2016 he was co-librettist of In Parenthesis, a major new opera commissioned by Welsh National Opera (WNO) to commemorate the centenary of the Battle of the Somme. Subsequent work with WNO has included Performance Coaching with the cast of Rhondda Rips It Up and regularly leading Outreach and Education workshops.
Alongside his work in the theatre David is an experienced Bushcraft instructor, traditional woodsman, artist and storyteller, and offers a wide range of inspirational outdoor workshops for children and adults.