David Harrell is an internationally recognized actor, speaker and disability advocate, originally from Brunswick, Georgia, now residing in New York City. His award-winning solo play A Little Potato and Hard to Peel and his new adaptation 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. Born without his right hand, he uses hilarious stories and a crazy cast of characters from his life’s journey growing up with a disability to challenge, entertain and educate audiences to not let circumstances peel away the core of their humanity.
David holds a BFA from the University of Southern Mississippi and a MFA from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in theatre performance. He was nominated in 2010 for a New York Innovative Theatre award for “Outstanding Solo Performance” and won the Journalist Choice Award for his work in the Monomaffia Festival in Parnu, Estonia. His shows have been selected to the Greensboro Fringe Festival, the One Man Standing, United Solo, All For One Festivals in New York City, the Monomaffia Festival and the SoulO Festival in Toronto, Canada.
As an actor he has performed with theatres in New York City and across the country over the last 15 years, he has appeared in independent films, web series and the New York City institution Law and Order: SVU. As a Disability Advocate he has worked as the Accessibility and Outreach Director for the Raleigh Ensemble Players in Raleigh, NC and currently serves as the Disability and Programming Associate for Inclusion in the Arts in New York City. He serves on the NYC Local Performers with Disabilities Committee with SAG-AFTRA and is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association.