In his pre-theatre days, Dave worked in the studio with many founders of Hip-Hop (Kurtis Blow, Beastie Boys, Fat Boys, Public Enemy and others) as well as mainstream artists like Paul Simon, Cameo, Mick Jagger and Kool and the Gang. As a composer, Dave's music has been featured in film and television in LAW AND ORDER:SUV, Joe Eszterhas’s BURN HOLLYWOOD BURN, and Boaz Yakin’s FRESH.
In the musical theatre world, Dave co-wrote the rock n roll comedy, WILD WOMEN OF PLANET WONGO, selected for the New York Musical Theatre Festival and produced at the Red Barn Theatre in Key West, Florida. Later, Dave helped create an immersive production of WONGO in Bushwick Brooklyn which eventually played in Manhattan for 10 months at the Parkside Lounge before moving to the Chopin Theatre in Chicago. In 2021, WONGO has been featured virtually in three Fringe Festivals (Front Row, Pittsburgh and Philadelphia).
Dave's rock n roll women-in-prison spoof, HELL HOLE HONEYS, developed at the Eugene O’Neill Music Theater Conference, received the TRU New Voices Award (playing at the Players Theatre in NYC) and was produced at the Alleyway Theatre in Buffalo, New York.
Other musicals include THE LEGEND OF JULIE TAYMOR OR THE MUSICAL THAT KILLED EVERYBODY (Fringe Festival, NYC) and the rock-opera MATA HARI, developed at the University of Western Michigan before a 2020 scheduled reading at the York Theatre, NYC (cancelled due to Covid). Dave was a finalist in the Ken Davenport Song Writing Competition with the song "Cracked and Broken".
SINCE COVID: Dave has co-written 3 new short musicals, composed music for the new webseries OUR AGENDA and created the music video THE RESILIENT PROJECT featuring over 60 broadway actors to support healthcare workers fighting Covid. In Oct 2021 Dave’s short musical A GOOD LIFE was featured on THE LATEST DRAFT Podcast series.
In late 2022, ClimateChangeTheatR, a video collaboration with Filmmaker Nancy Cohen, was released on Tiktok and Instagram. Using puppets and original music, they offer light-hearted lessons on a serious subject. @climatechangetheatR