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 Joe Eszterhas’s BURN HOLLYWOOD, BURN, Boaz Yakin’s FRESH and LAW AND ORDER:SUV.

 

In the musical theatre world, Dave co-wrote the rock n roll comedy, WILD WOMEN OF PLANET WONGO, presented at the New York Musical Theatre Festival before its production 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 and then moved 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 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, created a podcast and composed music for a new webseries OUR AGENDA. In Oct 2021, Dave’s short musical A GOOD LIFE will be featured on THE LASEST DRAFT Podcast series. THE RESILIENT PROJECT, a music video of one of Dave's song from MATA HARI, was created to support healthcare workers fighting Covid, and features over 60 performers.

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