College Faculty:Musical Theatre
A native New Yorker, David Cady is a former casting director turned teacher. In addition to Manhattan School of Music, he teaches musical theatre performance and auditioning at AMDA, NY. Widely regarded as one of the foremost teachers of commercial acting, he teaches that discipline at NYU and Pace University.
David became interested in casting while receiving his BFA at NYU and serving an internship at Playwrights Horizons. His first job was assisting casting director Bonnie Timmermann on, among other projects, the original “Dirty Dancing,” Roman Polanski’s “Frantic” starring Harrison Ford, Hector Babenco’s “Ironweed” starring Jack Nicholson and Meryl Streep, and the third season of “Miami Vice.”
After a brief stint as an agent, David became a casting assistant at Grey Advertising, where he first started casting television commercials. This led to 25 years with Donna DeSeta Casting, where, in addition to over 2000 commercials and various independent films, he co-cast the dance sequences for Disney’s “Enchanted” and the world premieres of Michael John La Chuisa’s “The Petrified Prince” and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Whistle Down the Wind,” both directed by Harold Prince.
As an actor, prior to his casting career, David made his professional debut in the original Broadway production of Stephen Sondheim and George Furth’s “Merrily We Roll Along,” also directed by Mr. Prince. Additionally, he appeared as Peter van Daan in the off-Broadway chamber musical “Yours, Anne,” and as Motel the Tailor in a North American tour of “Fiddler on the Roof” starring Herschel Bernardi.