David Beck

David Beck

David Beck excels in playing characters who are vulnerable, highly sensitive, and intellectual.  Critics have called his performances “emphatic and nuanced” (TimeOut NY), “charming” (Talkin’ Broadway and Show Business Weekly), and “well acted” (The 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.

Artist Bio

David Beck is an actor who excels in playing characters who are vulnerable, highly sensitive, and intellectual.  Critics have called his 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.

In 2015, David began a non-profit film company The Great Griffon.  Its latest project, the short film Backup Plan, is is winning awards on the festival circuit this season including Best Short Film at qFlix in Philadelphia, and Best Actress & Best Drama Short at Astoria Film Festival.  In addition to being the writer-director, David stars in it alongside Jennifer Bobbi (Aunt Barbara and Pose) and Valeria Cotto (The Florida Project).

The Great Griffon’s first major project, the web series Spring Street, is now streaming online.  David plays a reclusive piano teacher who finally gets a shot at love.  As the screenwriter, David was honored with a nomination for Best Screenplay at the International Online WebFest in London.  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 with Emmy winner Brian Cox, Tony winners Jack Hofsiss and Randy Graff, and Tony nominee Marla Schaffel.  He is currently studying with Brad Calcaterra.

Video

David Beck, Reel 2019

For Francis, Trailer

Season 1, Episode 1 of Spring Street

Behind the Scenes – Spring Street 

Press

"...He’d created such a completely other physical persona..." – The Front Row Center

Animals Out of Paper – "It is difficult to overpraise the cast...At the curtain call, just for a second, I looked at Beck and thought, who is this guy? He’d created such a completely other physical persona for Andy that I almost didn’t know him."

"...an amazing transformation..." – Hardwick Gazette

The Piano Teacher – “The ‘Piano Teacher’ is an artistic gem…David Beck does an amazing transformation as this menacing, musically talented young man with mood swings, within seconds, from moments of gentleness to an anger of frightening fury.”

"...very grounding..." – nytheaternow.com

Animals Out of Paper – "One of the strongest elements of this production is its stellar cast...David Beck as Andy works for every ounce of sympathy and endearment. He is very grounding throughout the play...when you have a cast of talented actors and a smart script, all you really need is an audience. I recommend that you provide that element to this production. It’s well worth it."

"...shines as the uncomprehendingly self-involved Matt..." – Backstage

The More Loving One – "David Beck shines as the uncomprehendingly self-involved Matt...Acted impeccably under the nuanced direction of Craig Baldwin, the show is, in a word, terrific."