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I began my career in the theater at the age of 12 when the local Central Pennsylvania high school needed someone who could play "Young Patrick" in the musical "Mame".  They asked someone else first, but he said no.  Ah, fate.  It turned out I was pretty good.  I kept up with theater, doing every show I could get into.

In high school I performed in a couple of rock bands with the most success coming in the form of an album of original material by my band "Group Therapy" entitled "Little Fishy".  (About a man who falls in love with a fish that he is eating for dinner.)  We recorded that album with the winnings from a Battle of the Bands.  This is where I began to play the guitar and write music.  I also had quite a career as a pole-vaulter.  There’s a story about that here.

 

I went on to get my BFA in Drama from Carnegie Mellon University. I played many strange characters and earned the nickname "Naked Ford the Animal Boy" for a pair of shows I did that involved very little clothing and lots of time on the floor.  Needless to say, I graduated with honors and won the Adylene Roth Levine Memorial Award for excellence in Acting.

 

Upon graduating, I took a job with the Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera and recieved my Actor's Equity Association membership.  Through the connections I made there, I was whisked off to Germany, Austria, and Switzerland to do a tour of "Beauty and the Beast" (Die Schone und Das Biest), all in German!  Several regional gigs between, I was again on tour in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and Italy with the musical "West Side Story".  This time in English, though. 

 

After the second time overseas, I returned to do more regional gigs until I was cast as "Lyle/Chuck understudy" in the First National Tour of the Broadway musical "Footloose".  After that, I moved on to still more regional work.  An opportunity presented itself when "The Full Monty" was seeking a last-minute Dance Captain/Swing for their First National Tour production.  I was on the road for nearly three years with the show, eventually taking over the role of "Keno/Ethan understudy".  During that tour I teamed up with a couple of the teen-age boys to write some silly music in the form of the band "Pedestrian Crossing", or "Ped-X".

 

Following that stint on the road, I joined the Screen Actors Guild and have branched out into the film and television industry.  Click here to see my film reel.

While playing "Jackson", the lead guitarist, in the musical "Pump Boys and Dinettes" at the Pennsylvania Center Stage, I realized I could do more with my music talents, and so I wrote a rock-musical called "Printed Name".  I have also written a one-act play, "The Red Buffalo," and I am putting together a collection of the funny songs I have written.  I will begin work on a second musical soon.

The summer of 2007 I was in "Sessions", as “Dylan,” at the Peter Jay Sharp Theater on W. 42nd St.  In the fall, I was in “The Pioneer” at the Metropolitan Playhouse, and in the spring of 2008, I performed there again in the historical drama, “Year One of the Empire,”

 

I moved to Gainesville, Florida in July of 2008 and have established a company called Tonewood Family Music to provide Music Together® classes to the kids of Gainesville.  I went back to New York City late September -- by special request of the playwright -- to do a reading of “Year One of the Empire” (Moises Kaufman, dir.) at the New York Theater Workshop as part of their pre-election series. 

When I'm not writing scripts or music, I dabble in other creative arts from pencil sketching to woodcarving.  I'm currently completing the chess set you can see in the "Extras" section.


To find out more about me, drop me an e-mail at:  David@DavidPatrickFord.com