Interview by Laura Ng
With credits that include performance on stage as well as in film, rap and web series, Davied Morales’ animated presence at the 2016 General Auditions easily caught the attention of theatre-makers in even the farthest corners of the expansive Marines’ Memorial Theatre. Read more about this week’s TBA featured member before his rising career takes off.
|TBA featured member Davied Morales.
You’ve accomplished a lot of interesting crossover work—not only acting onstage, but also counting experience in film, app commercials and web series. Tell us about what’s gratifying and/or challenging about working in such a range of disciplines?
Honestly, I feel theatre chose me, because growing up I always wanted to be an actor. I started taking drama classes in 7th grade at Castillero Middle School after seeing my friend on stage perform during an assembly the previous year. Since then, I’ve never stopped taking classes. In college, opportunities started presenting themselves, especially with the De Anza Film Department and being a part of the Theatre Program at Foothill College, where I received my AA. Something I find challenging about being involved in such a wide range of work is figuring out where to devote my time. Each platform of acting has a special place in my heart, but unfortunately, I can’t do everything at the same time. The most satisfying part of working in these different fields would be the relationships I have built with the various casts and crews I’ve worked with. I mean, what’s better than people coming together to work on something they believe in?
Favorite project/production that you’ve been part of or inspired by?
My favorite project I have worked on so far would be First Person Shooter at Foothill College, directed by Tom Gough. Prior to this show, I’d been in many plays and played main characters on film, but this was my first lead in a stage production. The character I got to play, Daniel Jamison, was a complete stretch for me—but thanks to a great director who had faith in me and a great cast, it was an unforgettable experience and I enjoyed performing the show every night.
Your resume lists a wide range of skills as well, including juggling, hip-hop dance, IPA, Indian dialects, recording and mixing vocals—and the culinary arts! Has being versatile made any surprising contributions to your art?
Each one of my special skills has definitely added to my acting. Whether it was cooking in the kitchen with my mom, playing sports with teammates, or taking a dance class, they have all helped me grow as a person and gain life experience. A secondary passion of mine that is constantly contributing to my success would be my love for music. I am a rapper and songwriter (stage name Dav @activepoet) and I believe these acquired skills have given me a new level of confidence while performing, keep me busy creating, and eager to learn more about this entertainment industry I want a career in.
What do you like about the Bay Area theatre scene, and being a TBA member?
I love the Bay Area theatre scene. It seems like every day I am finding out about more theatre companies, thanks to Theatre Bay Area, and I’m finding more and more opportunities within this community. Even though I am a new member of Theatre Bay Area, I enjoy being informed about all that is going on in the Bay and in the whole theatre world. It’s really encouraging seeing and being a part of community of so many working artists.
Anything coming up soon that you are excited about?
I am currently working with TheatreWorks on a school tour this March of Oskar and the Countless Costume Changes, which is all about gender expression and encouraging children to be whoever they want to be, no matter what others believe. I’m also excited to announce that I will be playing the part of Anthony in the South Bay premiere of I and You at City Lights Theater Company in downtown San Jose this May-June.
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