Private Coaching with David Ayers
Specialties: Vocal Coaching, Monologue/Scene Coaching
Skype Coaching Available? No
David Ayers graduated from Northwestern University in Chicago with a bachelor’s degree in Vocal Performance and Theater. Currently, David most recently starred as Buffalo Bill in Silence! The Musical off-Broadway. David has also starred on Broadway as Fiyero in Wicked, Sky in Mamma Mia!, and originated the role of Fyedka in the 2005 Tony-nominated revival of Fiddler on the Roof. Some of his other credits include: Claude in Hair at the Actor’s Theatre of Louisville, the American premiere of Honk! at Northshore Music Theatre, Rodger in A New Brain at Portland’s Center Stage, and Trigorin in The Seagull at the International Chekhov Symposium. He has originated lead roles in the workshops of Little Women, Elton John’s Lestat, Maury Yeston’s Death Takes a Holiday, Barry Manilow’s Harmony, and starred opposite his wife, Angela Gaylor, in Tom Jones. He can be heard on the revival cast recording of Fiddler on the Roof. David has worked with some of Broadway’s greatest composers such as Adam Guettel, Stephen Schwartz, William Finn and George Stiles. He has studied with Ann Bogart’s SITI Company at the Humana Festival of New American Plays and continued his studies at the Edin- burgh Theater Festival in Scotland as well as the Festival d’Avignon in France. His television credits include guest starring on Law and Order: Criminal Intent and The Guiding Light. He has appeared in Elle Girl magazine and is featured in Wicked’s coffee table book: The Grimmerie. David is the Development Director and co-founder of Broadway In Boulder Studios, a nonprofit arts organization in Boulder, CO. His students have been accepted into the top musical theater and theater programs in the country, including: Carnegie Mellon, CCM, University of Michigan, Harvard, NYU, North Carolina School for the Arts, Rutgers, Northwestern, Ithaca among many more as well as booking Broadway musicals, National Tours and prime-time television shows. In addition to voice and acting coaching, David has directed productions at the University of Colorado, Boulder including Floyd Collins, The Secret Garden (winner of Rose Brand’s National innovation award), Grand Hotel, as well as a youth production of 13: The Musical (regional tour- premiere). Additional directing credits include: This is Our Youth, Dog Sees God, Xanadu, and Bat Boy. David is a Faculty Fellow at the University of Colorado, Boulder, has been a guest teacher at the Broadway Theater Dance Workshop in Santa Fe, Camp Broadway in NYC, and was a Master Teacher in voice and musical theater at the annual convention of the southwestern chapter of NATS.
David’s Coaching Philosophy
After having taught voice and acting to all ages and levels for many years, I don’t believe that there is only one approach to developing young talent. There are so many different kinds of performers and I want to work with the individual to bring out what is unique and special about them. It is also imperative to work on the students’ weaknesses while keeping development as an artist rewarding. I’m passionate about exposing students to new and different repetoire and love teaching songs and monologues from classical to contemporary. My students are currently attending all of the top college programs in the country for musical theater and acting and are working in regional and national tours as well as film and TV. It is a joy to continue mentoring students from their beginning to watching them emerge as viable young talent in the professional world.