David Deblinger

Actors Creating Work

David is an award winning actor, writer, director, as well as an acting teacher and the co-founder of Labyrinth Theater Company.

"I have learned to value a community where everyone is equal, where everyone is seen and heard and each perspective is honored without feeling like we are checking any boxes. It is a very rare thing to come by these days and working with David reminds me it exists." - TKS Alumnus

David is an award winning actor, writer, director, as well as an acting teacher and the co-founder of Labyrinth Theater Company. His early solo show, “SHMOO,” won a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship Award and was produced for Labyrinth by the late Philip Seymour Hoffman.  He directed the award winning short films, “THE CALLBACK,” starring Sam Rockwell and Yul Vazquez and “SHAKESPEAREAN MINUTE,” starring David Zayas acting alongside youth living in temporary housing.  He has appeared, as an actor, in new plays at Manhattan Theater Club, Vineyard Theatre, The Public Theater, Theater for a New Audience, Williamstown Theater Festival, The Old Globe and Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, where he won The Acclaim Award for best lead performance in the play, “The History of Invulnerability,” by David Bar Katz.. On TV he will be seen this fall on THE MARVELOUS MRS MAISEL and in a recurring role opposite Forest Whitaker in, “The Godfather of Harlem,” on EPIX.   He’s also appeared on, “Deception,” “Broad City,” “Blue Bloods,” “Law and Order SVU,” “Law and Order,” “Damages,” “The Sopranos,” “Sex in the City” the movie “Clubland” on Showtime. His more recent performance piece, “Lucky Penny,” had a critically acclaimed run at the Harold Clurman Laboratory Theater in 2017 and tours nationally. David’s company ENSEMBLE FORCE uses storytelling and ensemble techniques to help teams in various fields communicate and work together more successfully.

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“David created such a safe place for us to share so intimately and fearlessly…..”

 

Generosity, collaboration, heart, truth, abundance and humility are the words that come to my mind. David created such a safe place for us to share so intimately and fearlessly even though we were not even in the same space. I took class on Zoom and never met my classmates until almost two months after and I felt an immediate connection once we were face to face. I still consistently connect with everyone. I have learned to value a community where everyone is equal, where everyone is seen and heard and each perspective is honored without feeling like we are checking any boxes. It is a very rare thing to come by these days and working with David reminds me it exists, that it is a choice and that it is my responsibility as an artist and human to create that culture outside of the creative space wherever I go.

– Ames A.

Alumnus

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