David King

Photo by Christine Jean ChambersActor, Director, Educator
He engages in recreational athletics, writing and photography.

Off-Broadway: The Man Who Ate Michael Rockefeller (critical acclaim from The New York Times), Black Angels Over Tuskegee, Come Back to Me (Cherry Lane).

FringeNYC: Savage International (critical acclaim from Time Out New York), Choke City.

Additional stage credits: Caligula Maximus (La MaMa), Macbeth (Classical Theatre of Harlem), Antony & Cleopatra (Antony), Polaroid Stories (dir.: Alfred Preisser), Man on the Street and Testiculations (New Media Repertory), Ghosts and Civil Sex (Hudson Guild), A Hatful of Rain (Manhattan Theatre Source).

Film: “Stuck”* and “Four Bottles” (Dir. John Painz, Words From Here Productions), “Judy’s Child” (Dir. Ty Hodges). *Accepted into The Soho International, Art of Brooklyn and Newport Beach Film Festivals.

Directing: Closer by Patrick Marber (The Seven Collective, TheaterLab), Gluttony by Ed Cardona Jr. (7 Days of Play Theatre Festival), Springtime by Maria Irene Fornes (CG Studio), Thunder in the Index by Phillip Hayes Dean (Staged reading, TheaterLab), Grown Man Business by Michael Rosenthal and To Turn a Prophet by Mike Jones (the standard collective’s Play-in-Process Workout), To Tread Upon a Spark by Daphna Thier (7 Days of Play 2013).

David is an arts education manager and teaching artist who’s mentored young children and teens citywide in ELA, theatre, poetry, spoken word and sports. He facilitated TSC’s partnership with Free Arts NYC (5 years and counting), a non-profit organization which provides under-served children and families with a unique combination of educational arts and mentoring programs that help them to foster the self-confidence and resiliency needed to realize their fullest potential. He serves as Program Director of School Partnerships at Community-Word Project.

His chapbook, Because the View, is a self-published collection of original poems, musings and photographs inspired by growing up and aware in NYC. His writing was featured in the poetry anthology The Barbershop Chronicles (Penmanship Books) and the online magazine Spindle. His photographs were also featured in SpindleThe Daily News and Musée — a visually driven digital magazine dedicated to displaying the work of international emerging photographers. David co-hosted The Lab, a sociopolitical talk show on 90.3 FM Harlem Community Radio, for four years alongside fellow TSC founding member, Roderick A. Warner.Photo by Christine Jean Chambers

Brooklyn Technical High School & The City College of New York (CUNY) alumnus
The Seven Collective (TSC) founding member
Actors’ Equity Association (AEA) member

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E-mail: david@sevencollective.org

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“But Designing Man becomes ensnared in the political machinations of his best friend, Half Moon Terror (David King, also very good), and Michael, too, becomes a pawn in this game.” The New York Times

“…Half-Moon Terror – a duplicitous character straight out of Shakespeare played to perfection by David King.” TheaterOnline.com

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I’ve known and worked with David King in creating theatre for the live stage since 2005. David brings great focus and [thorough] preparation to everything he does, and is disciplined and dependable. He is a gifted actor with unique concentration and presence, and I’ve cast him repeatedly over the six years I’ve known him in an extremely wide variety of roles. In addition, he is independent-minded and has already branched out into producing and directing projects with his own company, thereby displaying the kind of vision and motivation that brings new ideas and jobs to the theatre industry. David has my highest regard both as an artist and a human being.

Alfred Preisser, award winning director, writer, producer


David is one of the most knowledgeable, talented and inspiring artists I’ve ever worked with. His passion for community is unmatched and his desire to learn and grow never dims. He’s as responsible and hard working a professional as I’ve ever seen. And he’s one of the most exciting artists I know. The combination is rare. Words that come to mind are Integrity, Passion, Power and Sincerity.

Nabil Viñas, Co-Founder of The Seven Collective, gifted actor, artist, teacher


David has a passion for the arts that is seldom seen. I have had the honor of stage managing for him. Whether it be his performance or direction, David embraces the input, feedback, and visions of everyone that is involved, creating a communal strength that is apparent is his work.

Julie Tran,  actor, writer and co-creator of Second-Hand NY


David is not only a humble individual, he is an incredible artist and human being. His patience and intellect are always greatly welcomed and enjoyed. He is a diligent and thorough artist and works in such a manner. Thinking of David always puts a smile on my face!

Juan Carlos Diazactor from Off-Broadway’s La Barberia


David King is an impressive performer and collaborator. He is an exceptional ensemble man, an excellent frontman, an estimable endorseman, and most importantly, an expert S’moresman. David, I am a huge fan of you and your unequivocal generosity. As a creative, a teacher, and friend, you live up to the extraordinary worth your name implies.

Jessica Kruegeractor from first national tour of War Horse, choreographer, dancer, acrobat


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