After several years working as a journalist and advertising copywriter, David completed a Bachelor of Education, majoring in drama, film and music. In his new role as Arts Educator, he taught in schools and tertiary institutions. Then one day, he acquiesced to the call of the itinerant performing artist and ran off with the circus. In 1981 he toured with Adelaide’s Magick Circus across Australia and then to Europe, honing skills in clown, mask, puppetry and magic. Based in Amsterdam they linked with a local troupe and toured Holland in traditional Strausburg circus wagons. Scotland was their next stop, with performances at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. In Italy and France, David worked with puppeteers and mask-theatre performers specialising in Commedia dell' Arte.
On returning to Australia he established his own group Fools Theatre Company and developed a repertoire of shows and wandering characters, performing in schools and major festivals throughout Australia and overseas.
From 2003 -2015, he lived in Berlin, Germany, continuing his work in the arts.
With theatre still coursing through his veins, David continues to explore the art of storytelling through puppetry, mask and music.
A few Performance Highlights:
* Adelaide Festival of Arts – “The Inspector General”, Gogol
* Adelaide Fringe Festival – many performances
* Come Out Youth Festival
* Araluen Arts Centre
* Alice Springs Gaol
* Edinburgh Fringe
* Melk Weg Amsterdam Festival
* Hong Kong International Arts Festival
* Wellington Festival, NZ
* Georgetown Penang, Malaysia – Sister City arts delegation
* Co-host ABC TV children show Couch Potato
* Platypus Bilingual Theatre, Berlin
* Theatre arts tutor, John F Kennedy International School, Berlin
* Philip Genty (mask, puppetry)
* Nigel Jamieson (mask)
* Mario Gonzales (Commedia dell’ Arte, Paris)
* Jacques Lecoq (physical theatre, France)
* Adelaide Fringe Awards Judge for 7 years
* Noosa International Film Festival – Awards Judge since 2016
* Published author – suspense-thriller novel “The Provenance Diary”