David Harrell is an international award-winning actor, speaker and disability advocate, originally from Brunswick, Georgia, now residing in New York City. Most recently he performed Off- Broadway in the New York revival of The Artificial Jungle by Charles Ludlum and in the New York Times Critic’s pick The Healing by Samuel D. Hunter. ABC television’s casting executives selected him to perform in the 2015 ABC Discovers New York Talent Showcase at New World Stages. He produced and performed in the short film The Siblinings Liebencrantz winning “Best Filmmaker” in the 2017 Easterseals Disability Film Challenge. His short film Lefty & Loosey won “Best Film” in the 2016 Disability Film Challenge and “Best International Actor” in the 2016 Focus on Ability Film Festival in Sydney, Australia.
His award-winning solo play A Little Potato and Hard to Peel and his adaptation for young audiences The Boy Who Would Be Captain Hook have entertained audiences from New York City to Southern Georgia–from Off-Broadway houses to the US Department of the Interior. He was nominated in 2010 for a New York Innovative Theatre award for “Outstanding Solo Performance” and won the 2014 Journalist Choice Award for his work in the Monomaffia Festival in Parnu, Estonia.
David holds a BFA from the University of Southern Mississippi and a MFA from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in theatre performance.
As a Disability Advocate he has worked as the Accessibility and Outreach Director for the Raleigh Ensemble Players in Raleigh, NC and as the Disability and Programming Associate for Inclusion in the Arts in New York City. He continues his advocacy by serving on the NYC Local Performers with Disabilities Committee with SAG-AFTRA and works to increase diversity as a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association.