David is an internationally-renowned, scenic, costume, and exhibit designer, as well as the Obie Award–winning costume designer of Punchdrunk's Sleep No More (New York and Shanghai). He is the creator and director of the acclaimed productions of Optika Piñata, Portaleza, Las Quinceañeras and Waking La Llorona, which premiered at La Jolla Playhouse's Without Walls (WOW) festivals through his company, OPTIKA MODERNA. His celebrated theatrical designs have been featured at The Finnish National Ballet, La Jolla Playhouse, The Old Globe, American Conservatory Theater, Portland Center Stage, American Repertory Theater, Arena Stage, Seattle Repertory Theater, among many others. His scope of work extends beyond theater/film to include designs for globally recognized theme parks and arts organizations such as: Meow Wolf, The Museum of Us, and The New Children's Museum

Selected work

SLEEP NO MORE - BOSTON, NYC + SHANGHAI - costume design for Punchdrunk

LAS QUINCEAÑERAS - OPTIKA MODERNA | La Jolla Playhouse WOW Festival 2019 - creation / direction

AS YOU LIKE IT - costume design for The Old Globe

IN THE HEIGHTS - costume design for Milwaukee Repertory Theater , Seattle Repertory Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park

WAKING LA LLORONA - Direction, Design and Creation of Immersive Experience | Optika Moderna

TWELFTH NIGHT - costume design for The Old Globe

HAMLET - scenic and costume design for American Conservatory Theater

ARMS AND THE MAN - costume design for The Old Globe

TIME AND THE CONWAYS - costume design for The Old Globe

THE TEMPEST - costume design for The Old Globe

LIVING WITH ANIMALS - Exhibit Design for San Diego Museum of Man

BAREFOOT IN THE PARK - costume design for The Old Globe

RED VELVET - costume design for The Old Globe

CONSTELLATIONS - scenic design for The Old Globe

SHE WHO: FRIDA, MAMI + ME - costume design for CONTRA TIEMPO / Marjani Forte

HEALING WARS - scenery + costume design for Liz Lerman | Arena Stage | La Jolla Playhouse

DOUBLE INDEMNITY - costume design for The Old Globe

FUTURITY - scenery + costume design for American Repertory Theater / Walker Art Center

WATER BY THE SPOONFUL - costume design for The Old Globe

GALLOW GREEN - costume design for rooftop bar/restaurant at The McKittrick Hotel

CABARET - scenery and costume design American Repertory Theater

COMEDY OF ERRORS - costume design for Commonwealth Shakespeare Company

NO MAN's LAND - costume design for American Repertory Theater

SLEEP NO MORE NYC - new year's eve follies costume design

OTHELLO - costume design for Commonwealth Shakespeare Company

AMANDA PALMER - design of touring costume

COPENHAGEN set + costume design

ALICE vs. WONDERLAND - costume design for Moscow Art Theater / American Repertory Theater

HAMLETMACHINE - set and costume design for A.R.T Institute

TROJAN BARBIE - { world premiere } set design for American Repertory Theater

TROJAN BARBIE - { world premiere } costume design for American Repertory Theater

HOST OF A GHOST music video art direction

NADA art direction + costume design proposal for Juan Son