Most recently, David wrote the films Gesar, a CGI epic based on the Tibetan legend of a young warrior who brings a thousand year war to an end; and Lord of the Nutcracker Men, a World War I epic for Jane Startz, currently in development.
Magee also wrote the screenplay for the action-adventure film Crisis Four, based on the novel by international best-selling author Andy McNabb, and co-wrote the comedy-drama Natasha with Italian film director Giacomo Campiotti (BBC's Doctor Zhivago).
While David originally trained as a theater actor and director, he sharpened his writing skills by re-writing other people's work - completing audio abridgements of nearly 80 novels over five years, including bestsellers and notable authors in virtually every genre. In addition, he wrote audioplays for twelve children's books and a skiing travelogue before writing his first stage play, Buying the Farm, which was staged at the 42nd Street WorkShop in New York, and subsequently performed at Guild Hall in East Hampton.
David originally studied theater directing at the Hartford Stage as the assistant to Artistic Director Mark Lamos, working on productions of Doll House with Mary McDonnell and David Strathairn, The Gilded Age with the Acting Company, Pericles with Angela Bassett, The Stick Wife with Earl Hindman and Lois Smith and Morocco with Kier Dullea, before appearing himself in Hamlet with Richard Thomas in the title role.
As an actor, David has appeared in regional theaters throughout the country, cropped up on several soap operas, and in the film Crossings. In addition to stage work, David has directed audiobook readings, including an audio version of I Never Had it Made: The Jackie Robinson Story, narrated by Ossie Davis. He also performed several characters in the audio version of Lewis and Clark, by Ken Burns, which subsequently received an Audie Award, the industry's recognition for best multi-voice audiobook of that year.
David received his BA in Theater Directing and Stage Design from Michigan State University and his MFA in Acting from the University of Illinois, where he also taught acting and voice to undergrads. He first studied theater at Northwestern University's National High School Institute, and returned to Northwestern after college as a faculty associate at NHSI for a summer before moving to New York. He has also taught art upon occasion, which he studied both in college and at the New York Art Student's League. He studied filmmaking at New York University's Intensive Film Workshop in 1998.
He is married to Emmy-winning television Music Director, Pamela Magee.
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