“Gay priests, drug lords, teenage assassins, Mexican prostitutes, crooked policeman, devout Catholic women, illegal border-crossers, mariachi singers, migrant workers, curanderas, and abuelitas rolling tamales, all inhabit the thick tapestry of David Davila’s Tex-Mex plays.”
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. He sings and acts at every chance he can get.
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 creative writing with famed Mexican-American novelist Denise Sanchez (Loving Pedro Infante, Last of the Menu girls), song-writing with Adam Gwon (Ordinary Days), and play-writing with Rogelio Martinez (Wannamaker’s Pursuit) and Kara Corthrum (Julius by Design) at the Einhorn School of Performing Arts in New York City.
He has performed in theatres 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.
For several years he has been writing a series of plays about life along the Texas/Mexico border which he ‘aptly calls his Tex-Mex plays. The series includes the plays MEN OF GOD, ADAN Y JULIO, AZTEC PIRATES & THE INSIGNIFICANCE OF LIFE ON MARS, ANIMAL HUSBANDRY, CREDO, REQUERDOS OF MY LIFE, WINE & THE WAY WE EMBRACE, and THE FIRST TIME I FELL IN LOVE.
As a lyricist and song-writer Davila has written over a hundred 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. He is currently working on the musicals VOX POP with Mark Andrew Garner, FUCKING BEAUTIFUL with composer Sean Havrilla, and CORNER GIRL: THE MUSICAL with Tara Fike. His song cycle TALES FROM HIGHWAY 281 was presented at Intar Theatre’s Roots & New Music festival in November 2012. He is a 2012 Primary Stages Rockwell Scholar.