Art theater speaking

Speaker Profile

Raconteur, Tony Award-winning Broadway Producer, Director, Playwright, Teacher, Performer, Author, Artist

Board RoomDavid Black entertains audiences with stories of his life and experiences with well-known personalities. He is a popular speaker in schools, universities, clubs, and for business, community, and arts organizations. Black has performed for enthusiastic audiences in theaters in the U.S. and abroad.

David Black was born in New York City and attended The Ethical Culture School. He majored in psychology and art at Harvard and after graduation he pursued an operatic career in Europe where he was also an agent for the CIA. After a successful career on Wall Street Black became a Broadway producer.                                                                   

In the 1960’s Black produced eighteen Broadway shows, winning Tony Awards and presenting some of the theater’s brightest stars, including Burt Reynolds, Gene Hackman, Jerry Orbach, Bette Midler, Joel Grey,  Bernadette Peters, Julie Harris and Alan King. In 1968, president-elect Richard Nixon saw David Black’s production of George M! and invited him to produce his Inaugural Gala.

In the 1970’s Black directed plays in New York and London, taught audition technique at the John Strasberg School, and became an Adjunct Professor of Humanities at The New School where he taught The Magic of Theater for four semesters with the participation of forty-five of America’s best known actors.

David Black has written two books, The Magic of Theater and The Actor's Audition, now in its fourteenth printing.

Olive GroveIn 1983 Patrick Caulfield and John Hoyland of London’s Royal Academy saw some of Black’s line drawings and encouraged an artistic career. Black’s first exhibition of paintings took place in London in 1990 and was attended by many of Britain’s leading artists. He has had six solo exhibitions in New York and his paintings have been enthusiastically received by the public and critics on both sides of the Atlantic.

Black received his second invitation to The White House in 2004 when First Lady Laura Bush invited him to join a group of American artists to be honored for their participation in the ART in Embassies Program.

“Black is an amiable raconteur. Stories are looped together like pearls on a superstar’s necklace.” Evening Standard

Mr. Black is available for speaking engagements upon appointment.

Please email for arrangements.


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