• Hello, Portland, My Old Home Town!

    After rehearsing PROTEST in both NYC and DC, in August, I came out to Portland, Or., to meet with my wonderful agents at Ryan Artists, walk a lot in Forest Park as I work to get off book, for PROTEST, on what is virtually a 25 page monologue, and to see many old friends. It's been wonderful to walk and work under these old trees, out here.  I hope soon to do some bicycling and get to the beach. Oregon has so much natural beauty, as you know, and I never get enough of it. I've motorcycled across its deserts, skied and hiked its mountains, and bicycled its back roads. I love it. Portland, itself, is no longer quite the town I remember living in, before I left it for Houston, in 2007, but it's still beautiful and interesting and, as a powerful exemplar of economic and social trends happening almost everywhere in the country today, a rich setting for story telling, which I think has only begun to be tapped, despite the wealth of fiction and nonfiction writing, independent filmmaking, and episodic tv, that for a long while now has been finding inspiration here. I have ideas about that.

    Over the past weekend, I also submitted self tape for a national network tv show, back east, for a casting director who saw my work in a recent meeting. I've worked hard over the past year to get to know NYC casting. It feels good to be more part of a scene that's increasingly familiar, and less scary, to me. I like living increasingly 'bicoastal,' too. I enjoy the different vibe of each coast: it's refreshing to be reminded that we can still be shaped by region. We're not yet one monolithic culture shaped solely by tv! Historical legacies still live through culture, which still differs, from place to place. I feel fortunate not only to have traveled much of the country during my life, but to have extensive friendships in cities as diverse as NYC, Philadelphia, Houston, and Portland.

    Peace out!

    David!


  • Mid-summer Update

    It's been a wonderful summer thus far: my girlfriend and I spent ten days in Alaska, recharging ourselves on nearly-endless day light, great seafood, and outdoor adventures such as hiking up the Exit Glacier trail to the Harding Ice Field, kayaking a backcountry lake, and whale watching. 

    Now I'm mostly back to work, starting rehearsals soon for PROTEST, by Vàclac Havel, in a production for The Alliance for New Music-Theatre and the Czech Embassy. I'm also making a two week trip out to Portland, OR, for a number of auditions arranged for me by my wonderful Portland agency, Ryan Artists, for national episodic series being shot in Portland as well as in Washington state. And this reminds me: I've recently decided to join SAG/AFTRA, for which I've been eligible for some time. I've been gratified by non-union work but... it's time.

    I'm also happily at work on my PADI Dive Master Certification, which will allow me to lead certified divers on dives, as well as teach a few specialty courses. 

    Needless to say, I like to stay busy.

    Peace Out,

    David!


  • My New Home on the Web!

    Welcome to my much better-looking, easier-to-navigate, modernized, updated, and all around beautified website! Many thanks to Amy Russ, a successful film and tv actor in NYC who has also built an impressive business of website design for actors. I couldn't be happier with Amy's work, not least because she was enormously patient with me, as I waffled about design decisions along the way (nearly always bouncing back to her original suggestion.)

    Going forward, I'm hoping to update this news page regularly--say, at least once every two weeks, probably more often--as well as contribute more regularly to my recently-revived blog, NOTES ON ACTING. My NEWS page will consist primarily of professional updates. NOTES ON ACTING will continue to range widely to any subject that catches my eye.

    Acting is only one project in my current portfolio. I'm also actively working on an original screenplay (I keep succumbing to distractions, but am making good progress; I hope to start the second draft soon), and have taken up scuba diving again. I'm now enrolled in a course that will PADI certify me as a DIVE MASTER, which will allow me to lead certified divers in a resort or instructional setting, assist PADI INSTRUCTORS in teaching Open Water certification courses, feel more secure about my own diving skills, and understand better the management and safety challenges of working with divers on a movie set, which is important, because diving is featured in my screenplay.

    On top of all this, MY summer's off to an excellent start! I'm road bicycling frequently, indoor rock climbing, diving, and will soon head off to Alaska for a two week vacation, before coming back to NYC to rehearse PROTEST, by Vàclac Havel, for the Alliance for New Music-Theatre (see below).... 

    Whenever I complain to my Mom, she says, "David, you say you like to keep busy," I then remember she's right. So, all's good, on my end! I hope it is on yours, as well.

    Peace Out,

    David!


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