David de Vries is an actor, director, narrator and educator, and an old friend of #NewBusinessMindset. To listen to his previous interview, “Fast Track To Intimacy”, click here.
David recently directed the World Premiere of Pancakes, Pancakes! at the Alliance Theatre–a reimagining of Eric Carle’s beloved children’s picture book, 1980s classic I’m Not Rappaport at Aurora Theatre and the smash hit Smart People at Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre. A two-time Audie Award Finalist and Winner for Pam Munõz Ryan’s “Echo”, David has over 120 audiobook titles to his credit spanning virtually every genre, including the upcoming release of his narration of “The Selected Letters of Norman Mailer.” He has performed on Broadway as Lumiere in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, along with three other National Companies in the show’s long and successful history. He was proudly with the company when it took its last bow at the Lunt Fontanne Theatre in 2007. He also played Dr. Dillamond in the smash hit Wicked for three years in Los Angeles, Chicago and originated the role for the 2nd National Tour.
In addition to his musical theatre credits, David has frequented regional theatres in shows like One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, Glengarry Glen Ross, Death of a Salesman, Sleuth and Freud’s Last Session. He also has the annual honor of playing Ebenezer Scrooge in the Alliance Theatre’s production of A Christmas Carol. On screen, his television credits include “Halt and Catch Fire”, “Nashville”, “Devious Maids”, “Drop Dead Diva” and “Necessary Roughness” and the feature films Captain America: Civil War, The Founder, Kill The Messenger, Lila and Eve and Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk among many others. David coaches in the corporate world for British-based Xperient and Alliance@Work, helping executives and rising management hone their communication skills. He holds a B.A. in Performing Arts from American University and the M.A. in Communication and Leadership Studies from Gonzaga University
Lessons from the Show
We had a wonderful and wide-reaching extended conversation with David in which we talked about intimacy, vulnerability, politics, and happiness. David offered us many wonderful lessons that point us towards an authentic, happy and fulfilling life and career including:
- Healing the world is an intimate act which requires personal vulnerability and relationships;
- Vulnerability is our true strength – though it might initially be hard to practice and discover that;
- Success is about intimate relationships.
You can contact Davi by email at email@example.com and you can find out more about his work at his website.
This is episode # 123