Motivational Keynote

David Zimmerman

Producer, Casting Director, Teacher, Coach, Writer, Actor, Director

David has been coaching actors and putting together workshops for over a decade. He is the Creator and Producer of the “MEET THE BIZ” workshops, which looks to make diversity a common place and bridges the gap between ability and disability. As a personal coach, he has been hired by production companies such as Ryan Murphy’s ground breaking series NIP/TUCK and worked on Michael Patrick King’s, LOVE YOU MORE.

As a Casting Director his credits include the Showtime pilots and Star Price Productions “PROJECT X” and “SHADOW POINT”, as well as the popular series “PENN & TELLER’S BULLSHIT.” He has also cast feature films including “FIGHTING WORDS” and “CAROL OF THE BELLS”, produced by Joey Travolta and Inclusion Films and starring RJ Mitte, Lee Purcell, Donna Mills, Andrea Friedman, Donna Pescow and Geri Jewell. Zimmerman has also enjoyed working with Lifetime TV, Mark Wolper Productions, and Time Life Productions.

You can also see him on the screen as an actor in such films as “HIDE”, “MEET THE FOCKERS”, the webseries, “CHILD OF THE ’70s”, and as the Voice of Jason, in the award winning animated short, HEAVENLY PEACE, directed and produced by Andreas Wessel-Therhorn.

In 2007, David was honored at the 25th Annual Media Access Awards at Universal Studios Globe Theatre with the prestigious MEDIA ACCESS AWARD along with Norman Lear, Stevie Wonder, and others. In 2013, the “MEET THE BIZ” program was incredibly honored to receive a grant from the CHRISTOPHER & DANA REEVE FOUNDATION through the ACTORS FOR AUTISM and a grant from the FRIENDS OF CALIFORNIANS WITH DISABILITIES, INC for the “40 Series”. He also proudly is one of the faculty of the PERFORMING ARTS STUDIO WEST family.

He has been a contributing writer for ABILITY Magazine, which is ranked one of the top 50 magazines in the world. Some of his articles include interviews with Jamie Brewer (AMERICAN HORROR STORY) and Norman Lear (ALL IN THE FAMILY). David has also contributed to the new sizzling publication, ZENSATIONS Magazine.

David is currently producing the “MEET THE BIZ” Interview series along with PERFORMING ARTS STUDIO WEST, where he teaches Acting. He is also working on the film, that he calls his baby, “MY NEXT BREATH”, which he created and is producing, starring Geri Jewell, Mark Povinelli, Angela Rockwood, Tobias Forrest, Lexi Marman, Auti Angel, Kathy Buckley, Andy Arias, Eduardo Bar, and the late David Connell and Danny Murphy.


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