David Deblinger

Headshot of David Deblinger, Actor and Acting Teacher


“What is most important to me is to transform the, ‘class’ into an ‘ensemble of artists,’ who come to build a bond of trust and end up feeling supported and challenged to take a risk. That risk involves allowing oneself, emotionally, to reveal and understand, more and more, personal truth. I use a variety of exercises (Hagen, Meisner, Grotowski, my own) to help the actor create honest, compelling behavior to serve the story being told. Generally, we focus on three important ideas: Acting is doing. – The gasoline for doing is meaning. – It is of utmost importance to be present and, ‘in the moment’”


David Deblinger (writer/performer) is a co-founder of Labyrinth Theater Company. His early solo show, Shmoo, won a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship Award and was produced for Labyrinth by the late Philip Seymour Hoffman. He has appeared, as an actor, in new plays at Manhattan Theater Club, The New Victory, 59East59, Vineyard Theatre, The Public Theater, Theater for a New Audience, Williamstown Theater Festival, The Old Globe and Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, where he won The Acclaim Award for best lead performance in a play. On TV, in the Fall of 2019, David will appear on the third season of THE MARVELOUS MRS MAISEL, and in a recurring role opposite Forest Whitaker in, THE GODFATHER OF HARLEM, on EPIX/ABC. He has also appeared on, DECEPTION, BROAD CITY, BLUE BLOODS, LAW AND ORDER SVU, LAW AND ORDER, DAMAGES, THE SOPRANOS, SEX IN THE CITY, and the movie CLUBLAND on Showtime. As a performance artist, LUCKY PENNY is David’s latest critically acclaimed performance piece, pairing him with world-class jazz vocalist Fred Johnson. Since its off-broadway run in 2017 it continues with performances around the country. David is excited to have recently joined other performers to bring to life a story he wrote called SALAMANCA for the audio podcast series THE TRUTH.

Current and Upcoming