Martin A. David calls himself an “Arts Practitioner.” He came up with that title to simplify explanations of what he does. He is a writer who has published 4 books (The Dancer’s Audition Book, Karpstein Was Hiding, Shtetl In My Mind, and Death in 5), over 1,200 magazine, newspaper, and online articles, and 7 book-length translations (Danish to English, but he also translates French, Spanish, and Norwegian to English).
Mr. David is a working actor whose first professional role was in Joe Papp’s Shakespeare company in New York; more recently he played a mob boss in a music video. He is a modern dancer and choreographer who has directed modern dance companies in Europe and the U.S. (Most recently, . . . And Still Dancing, a company for dancers over 40 in San Francisco). He also writes plays and his Leaden Skies, a holocaust-themed work, is being prepared for a Bay Area production.
Mr. David lives in a magnificent loft in Oakland, California, where he writes, draws, and makes jewelry. He is also known as Mardav.