DAVID TABATSKY was born in Pennsylvania and spent
    his formative years in New England. He attended
    Adelphi University in Garden City, New York,
    completing his Bachelor’s Degree, cum laude, with
    studies in film, television and radio—as well as theatre
    and dance.

    After graduating college, David moved to Hartford,
    Connecticut where he performed and produced a
    series of one-man shows at The Hartford Stage
    Company and The Protean Theatre. In 1981, David
    ran a strangely successful campaign for Mayor of
Hartford. Despite losing the election by dubious means, David departed Hartford with
no hard feelings and headed for the concrete pastures of New York City.

David subsequently became very busy in the New Vaudeville scene and participated in
the first New York Clown Theatre Festival. He performed with The Bond Street Theatre
Coalition and The No Elephant Circus and toured extensively with a partner, Bette
LaRusso, as Vaudeville Heaven.

By 1986—after chasing a chicken in a Burger King commercial (to pay the rent) and a
few too many Bar Mitzvah gigs—it was time for a change. David traveled to Tokyo and,
out of the blue, established a career there as a variety artist, performing on the streets,
in theatres, hotels and festivals.

In 1988, David returned to America and Adelphi University, graduating the following
year with a Masters Degree in Educational Theatre, 4.0 G.P.A. (not to brag, but this is
a self-promoting website).

David eventually made his home in Berlin, where he co- wrote, choreographed and
directed a circus theatre piece,
Taborka, which is still running at the iconic
Tempodrom. Over the next few years, David completed a trilogy of solo productions
(
The Man with Three Balls, How I Survived My Jewish Mother and Help! I Married a
German
) and created Meschugge in Paradise, a multi-media piece inspired by the
Bible and how it intersects with modern television. He also wrote two editions of
What’s
Cool Berlin
, a comic travel guide and renegade dissertation on life in Germany’s capital
beyond The Wall. Both books sold out.

David performed in Paris at the legendary
Follies Pigalle, as well in London. His solo
show won critical acclaim at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
The Stage described David
as “a supremely skillful performer and a fine actor...he reaches levels which no other
comics have matched at this Fringe.”

As a journalist, David has contributed articles and columns to the Sesame Street
Workshop,
Parenting magazine and The Forward. Some of his editorials appear online
at
Associated Content.

He was a Consulting Editor for Marlo Thomas' bestselling book,
The Right Words at
the Right Time, Volume 2: Your Turn!
(Atria Books 2006). He is also completing a
memoir on Japan, writing a children's theatre textbook, and creating a new
performance piece on parenthood, based in part upon his research with The
Fatherhood Project.

In 2009, David and his colleague, Bruce Kluger, co-authored the book,
Dear President
Obama: Letters of Hope From Children Across America
, which includes nearly 200
letters and drawings to President Barack Obama from children in every region in the
nation. The collection was published during Obama's first 100 days in office.

All in all, it was the best of times. It was the worst of times. And, then he lost his watch.

To be continued.


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