David has worked as a director, actor, musician, stage manager, lighting and sound designer and operator, production manager and dramaturg in Wellington, Auckland, Christchurch, Dunedin, Melbourne, Edinburgh and London. He has worked at BATS Theatre, Circa, the Fortune, the Court, Centrepoint, Downstage, the Basement, the Silo and for Taki Rua Productions. David graduated from Victoria University with a BA in Theatre & Film in 1996, a First Class Honours degree in Theatre in 2001 and a Master of Arts (with distinction) in 2003. He has taught at Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School, on the Acting and Musical Theatre courses at the Wellington Performing Arts Centre, at the National Youth Drama School and the Sheilah Winn Schools Shakespeare Festival and was a lecturer on Early Modern Drama in the Theatre and English programmes at Victoria University in 2010 and 2011. He won the Chapman Tripp Theatre Award for Director of the Year in 2005.
As artistic director of The Bacchanals, the company he formed in 2000, his directing credits have included The Frogs, Othello, the NZ premiere of Sarah Kane’s Crave, touring productions of Twelfth Night, Romeo and Juliet and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, two different Hamlets, a co-production with the Fortune Theatre of King Lear, and a multi-award winning production of Antony Sher’s I.D. (Chapman Tripp Production of the Year, 2005). Other directing credits include Lyell Cresswell’s Good Angel, Bad Angel for NIMBY Opera, Jane Eyre at the Fortune, Hedda Gabler for The Wild Duck, Henry V and The Merry Wives of Windsor for Summer Shakespeare Wellington, the premiere productions of Simon Vincent’s A Renaissance Man,Paul Rothwell’s Hate Crimes, Golden Boys and Deliver Us, Terry Johnson’s Hitchcock Blonde, David Geary’s A Man Walks Into A Bar, David Goldthorpe’s Like Someone In Love: The Life and Death of Chet Baker and Charlotte Simmonds’ Arctic/Antarctic: A Bi-Polar Play and Burnt Coffee. Lighting and sound design work includes Jean Betts’ productions of The Misandrist, The Collective and Gagarin Way, LOOP Media’s Fly My Pretties, and the Humourbeasts’ The Untold Tales of Maui. His most recent work includes directing Paul Rothwell's No Taste Forever! and Dean Parker's Slouching Toward Bethlehem (winner of two Chapman Tripp Theatre awards in 2011) at BATS, a touring Julius Caesar for election month and regular appearances as John Key in Public Service Announcements.