• David Warshofsky

David Warshofsky

McKinlay Chair

Professor of Theatre Practice in Acting

Director of the MFA Acting Program


David Warshofsky is a professor of theatre practice in acting and director of MFA Acting.

He finished spring semester 2019 in New York City as Weston in the Signature Theater’s acclaimed revival of Sam Shepard’s Curse of the Starving Class, directed by Terry Kinney. He just finished portraying Darryl Zanuck in the Netflix feature film Blonde. Some of his other film credits include Body Cam, Wilson, Captain Phillips, Now You See Me 1 & 2, The Master, Lincoln, There Will Be Blood, Public Enemies, “Pimp Lester” in Running Scared, Welcome to Collinwood (Cannes 2002), Last Exit to Brooklyn, Oliver Stone’s Born on the Fourth of July, Ridley Scott’s G.I. Jane, Tony Scott’s Unstoppable, and Fair Game directed by Doug Liman.

Among his many Sundance premieres are last year’s Indie Episodic entry (producer as well as actor) It’s Not About Jimmy Keene, Mike White and Miguel Arteta’s Beatriz at Dinner, Miranda July’s The Future, and Elgin James’ debut, Little Birds. In competition: Stockholm Pennsylvania, The Best Thief in the World and Rebecca Miller’s 2002 Award Winner Personal Velocity.
His recent television appearances are Theodore Peus on Season 6 of Scandal as well as Ira Reiner in Law and Order: True Crime, Fear the Walking Dead, Battle Creek, Medium, Justified, several OG “Law and Orders”, HBO’s Walkout and Generation Kill.

On Broadway, he appeared in Biloxi Blues, Carousel (both Tony Award winners) and On the Waterfront. Other stage credits include Henry V at the New York Shakespeare Festival, Blue Window at Manhattan Theatre Club, Romance Language at Playwright’s Horizons, and the national tours of Biloxi Blues and South Pacific. He originated the role of “Gottfried Swetts” in the world premiere of Tony Kushner’s A Bright Room Called Day directed by Oskar Eustis at the Eureka Theatre. David collaborated with Tony and directed a new version of this play which originated with our MFA Acting Company in 2018 and his now set to open fall 2019 at NYSF: The Public Theatre, again directed by Oskar Eustis.