Playwright/Composer David Davila was born in McAllen, TX and raised in the neighboring town of Edinburg along the Texas/Mexico border where he enjoyed a healthy appetite of enchiladas, and chile con queso. By the time he was able to talk he was already singing and acting for his family. By age eight he was writing songs, poems, and stories for anyone who would listen.

Today David continues to write songs, poems, and full length plays & musicals. He sings and acts at every chance he can get.

As a playwright, Davila is writing a series of full length plays about life along the Texas/Mexico border which he ‘aptly calls his Tex-Mex plays. The series includes the plays MEN OF GOD (Lone Star Theatre Co), ADAN Y JULIO (Lone Star Theatre Co.), AZTEC PIRATES & THE INSIGNIFICANCE OF LIFE ON MARS, ANIMAL HUSBANDRY (The PlayGround Experiment, Barn Arts), CREDO, REQUERDOS OF MY LIFE (Sin Fronteras), and THE FIRST TIME I FELL IN LOVE (UTPA). His short plays have been seen at NY Madness, The PlayGround Experiment, ESPA, and Lone Star Theatre Co.

As a lyricist and song-writer Davila has written hundreds songs. In 2012 he completed a massive song-writing project called #52 Songs where he wrote one song a week for an entire year and blogged about the journey which led to four sold-out concerts at the Laurie Beechman Theatre, the Triad, the Underground, and The West End Lounge.

david davila manuel versus the statue of liberty
Manuel Versus the Statue of Liberty at NYMF 2015

His latest musical MANUEL VERSUS THE STATUE OF LIBERTY with Noemi de la Puente debuted at the 2015 New York Musical Theatre Festival as an official Next Link Selection after winning the 2014 Developmental Reading Series. The extended, sold-out run was nominated for Best Musical, and won several awards including the Social Relevance and Impact award. Davila and de la Puente’s song “Contender” also won a Mikey Award for the most likely to become an audition standard.

David Davila Noemi de la Puente Manuel Versus Statue of Liberty
David Davila & Noemi de la Puente at NYMF 2015 Awards Ceremony

Other musicals include PYRAMID with Ed Levy (Lincoln Center “Across a Crowded Room” series 2015), VOX POP with Noemi de la Puente (Developmental 4×15 workshop at Musical Theatre Factory 2015 and a concert presentation at 54 Below in 2014),  FUCKING BEAUTIFUL with composer Sean Havrilla, NASH POTATOES & DAVEY with Steph Nash (West End Lounge, Hourglass Tavern), CORNER GIRL: THE MUSICAL with Tara Fike (Concert version presented at the Josephine Theatre), and OCCUPY: THE MUSICAL with nine other collaborators (Developmental Reading at Primary Stages 2013). His song cycle TALES FROM HIGHWAY 281 was presented at Intar Theatre’s Roots & New Music festival in November 2012. He is a proud member of the Musical Theatre Factory, ASCAP, and a 2012 Rockwell Scholar.

As a performer Davila has performed leading roles in theaters all over Texas and New York City and performs regularly with Essential Voices USA and the New York Pops at Carnegie Hall. He is the founder and artistic director of Lone Star Theatre Company, dedicated to promoting works by Texas playwrights and musicians, and the managing editor of, the voice of Bohemia.

Davila studied vocal performance and theatre at the University of North Texas (Dr. Linda Di Fiore – Voice), and arts management at the University of Texas San Antonio (Dr. Melody Rich – Voice). He studied comedy writing at The Second City Chicago, creative writing with famed Mexican-American novelist Denise Chavez (Loving Pedro Infante, Last of the Menu Girls), song-writing with Adam Gwon (Ordinary Days), libretto with Kait Kerrigan (The Bad Years) and Marsha Norman (The Color Purple) and play-writing with Rogelio Martinez (Ping Pong) and Kara Corthrum (Julius by Design) at the Einhorn School of Performing Arts in New York City.

David Davila 54 Below
David Davila at 54 Below

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