David Are has worked on Broadway, and in many facets of the Musical Theatre profession, as an actor, as a producer, and as a writer. He approaches creative education and private tutoring from the dual perspective of the field and the classroom, having worked in the profession, having taught classes for almost a decade, and having obtained his Masters in Music Theory from The City College of New York and his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre from the University of Michigan.
As an actor, David has played featured roles on Broadway in the Beach Boys musical Good Vibrations, at La Scala Opera House in Milan, Italy in West Side Story, and toured the U.S. in the smash hit Mamma Mia. As a producer, David proudly worked for Marc Platt, renowned film and theatre producer of such acclaimed work as Wicked, Drive, Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World, and Legally Blonde, and David co-created the independent theatre company New Make Do with his production partner Logan Lipton. As a creative, David has written four musicals, three albums of songs, and has worked under the tutelage of celebrated musical theatre writer Andrew Lippa.
David has focused much of his teaching and writing on the use of contemporary styles in the Electronic & Digital Age within the traditional structures of Musical Theatre. David’s wrote his masters’ thesis on the character-driven music of Outkast’s Grammy Award-winning album “The Love Below,” which was expanded upon and published by VDM Publishing. David has given master classes at NYU, Indiana University, and The University of West London on the Modern Movie Musical, Pop Music in Musical Theatre, and he currently teaches classes on digital music production and composition.
David offers the possibility to study music production from an Audio Perspective, for those students interested in recording studio quality songs; from a Digital Perspective, for those students interested in making synthesized beats and digital music; and from a Composition Perspective, for those students interested in composing traditional music and creating well-crafted musical scores. David also offers the possibility to study any number of aspects of the Musical Theatre field, including performance, audition preparation, writing and composition, story structure, production, and more.
David is an enthusiastic teacher of both children and adults, and is always eager to engage anyone interested in pursuing a career or hobby in the creative and performing arts.