Photo by Susan Hunt

Photo by Susan Hunt

David Beck

Critics have called David's performances "emphatic and nuanced" (TimeOut NY), "charming" (Talkin' Broadway and Show Business Weekly), and "well acted" (New York Times).  He has played everything from a concerned working class father, to an overly optimistic calculus teacher, to a British lovesick soldier, to an impoverished man with autism.

For the screen, David wrote, co-produced, acted in, and composed the score to the multi award-winning short film For Francis, which played in festivals and schools worldwide.  He received such positive response from the industry that he conceived, wrote, and acted in another short film The Exalted.  In 2015, David began a non-profit film company The Great Griffon.  Its first major project, the web series Spring Street, is now streaming online.  David plays a cranky piano teacher who finally gets a shot at love.  Tubefilter calls it "a complex, eye-catching show...the show is a lot like the classical music it uses as its soundtrack.  Give it time to piece itself together and it will impress you."  

Born and raised in Dayton, Ohio, David has been devoted to creating art his whole life.  A classically trained pianist from the age of eight and the president of his high school Thespian Society, David ventured out to New York to pursue acting on scholarship at Marymount Manhattan College, graduating magna cum laude.  New York has been his home base ever since, even though he is deeply grateful for his Midwestern upbringing.  

David is at home in the theatre, appearing in nearly 40 productions in New York as well as throughout the country, ranging from Shakespeare and Brecht to daring new works by playwrights such as Albert Innaurato and Rajiv Joseph.  He has worked professionally with Tony winners Jack Hofsiss and Randy Graff, as well as Tony nominee Marla Schaffel.  He has studied under the tutelage of such renowned artists as Brian Cox, Kathleen Turner, and Fay Simpson.