David Arrow has appeared in many Off-Broadway productions, among them; Kennedy: Bobby’s Last Crusade. Written by David and directed by Eric Nightengale, the play follows Robert Kennedy’s campaign for the presidency in 1968. That production has gone on to several regional theaters and is published by Dramatic Publishing Company.
David’s first theatrical encounter with Robert Kennedy came when he was hired by the San Jose Stage Company to perform the title role in RFK, a play about Kennedy by Jack Holmes. He won the San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award. He later repeated the role in a production directed by Circle Rep founding Artistic Director Marshall W Mason (Lifetime Achievement Tony Award winner and Theatre Hall of Fame inductee).
Other Off-Broadway credits include; Anonymous with Chip Zien directed by Pamela Berlin and Vacuum at the Cherry Lane directed by Chris Goutman. David has also performed at regional theatres across the country. Work which includes: Charles in Blithe Spirit, Alan Turing in Breaking the Code, Tybalt in Romeo and Juliet, Hannay in The 39 Steps, Torvald in Nora (Ingmar Bergman’s adaptation of A Doll House) at the Delaware Theatre Company directed by Michael Mastro, and in A Moon for the Misbegotten directed by Laird Williamson at the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco. He won a Dramalogue Award for the title role in Albert Camus’ Caligula, and a Dean Goodman award for his performance in Benefactors.
Some other writing credits include: At the Cabaret Chat Noir, a play with music about the life of Toulouse Lautrec and the cabarets of late 19th-century Paris written in collaboration with Carl Danielsen. He also adapted the screenplay for the award wining short film, Rules of Love.
David wrote and directed the short film Five Questions which is playing at film festivals both in the US and internationally. Five Questions stars David’s wife, Amber Paul, and has won multiple awards.
David has appeared in several feature films, including; Joseph’s Gift, Igby Goes Down, Hostage, Moon Creek Cemetery, and the starring roles in The Dot Man directed by Bruno Coppola, and Rules of Love opposite Judy Greer. Television credits include Jon Benjamin has a Van, Days of Our Lives, Growing Pains, Passions, the HBO series, 12 Miles of Bad Road, Comedy Central’s Jon Benjamin Has a Van, and Broad City and, as Captain Andrew Sutherland on TURN for AMC. Most recently, David appeared opposite his wife, Amber Paul and Harry Styles, in Harry Styles’s music video Music for a Sushi Restaurant. He also wrote and directed Amber in a short film, called Five Questions, screening now at a number of film festivals.
David has also appeared several times in the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. As a result of his experience as an overseas producer and performer, he was invited to join the Board of Directors of the Fringe by its then chairman, renowned British director Jonathan Miller. David was the youngest member of the board and its only non-UK resident. He served for 9 years. He is currently an associate artist with The San Jose Stage Company and a company member and former Artistic Director of The New Circle Theatre Company – a company devised of former members and artists of the Circle Repertory Company and Lab.
Personal bio: David spent the first 7 years of his life in Stanford California before moving with his family to Cambridge MA. He is the son of 1972 Nobel Laureate in Economics Kenneth J Arrow. His mother, Selma, was a therapist in private practice. He became interested in acting at the age of 11 while attending The Carroll School for dyslexic children in Lincoln MA. His first role was Oliver Twist in the musical Oliver performed at Tuffs University. His first job in the professional theatre was at age 16 in a summer stock company in Concord MA. One of his fellow cast members was Steve Carell. His family moved back to the California Bay Area where he and his brother Andrew attended Gunn High School in Palo Alto. After high school, he worked as an actor at the Los Altos Conservatory Theatre before going on to further his professional studies at the prestigious Bristol Old Vic Theatre School in England. As an actor his career has taken him to many places around the globe. He is based in New York. David is married to the actress Amber Paul.