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BIOGRAPHY - DAVID ZUM BRUNNEN

 

Actor, producer, director, David zum Brunnen has appeared in a variety of roles on stage, in films, commercials and videos – coast to coast - in the US and Canada.  Under the auspices of EbzB Productions, a production team  comprised of Serena Ebhardt and himself, he has toured nationally with several projects and continues to do so.  His portrayal of Charles Dickens in The Night Before Christmas Carol has now been seen by millions nationally and internationally on public television.   Additionally, public television audiences have seen him nationally and locally – both as a performer with his wife, Serena Ebhardt, in the national broadcast of EbzB’s War Bonds:  The Songs & Letters of WWII, and as a frequent spokesperson with UNC-TV in North Carolina.  In the Triangle region (Raleigh/Durham, NC), he appeared in the widely praised Deep Dish Theatre Production of David Hare’s Via Dolorosa at the Stoneleaf Theatre Festival in Asheville, NC, and in Chapel Hill, NC.  Along with productions such as The Tender Nights of F. Scott Fitzgerald, War Bonds, The Wrights of Passage, and others, he has also appeared as Charles Dickens in Elliot Engel’s The Night Before Christmas Carol in numerous venues in the United States.  His many regional (U.S. and Canada) theatre credits include such roles as the Nicholas in Nicholas Nickleby, Jesu in Unholy Trinity, Mortimer in Arsenic and Old Lace, Hotspur and other roles in Henry IV – Parts I & II, and Mercutio in Romeo & Juliet.  Among other stage companies in the Triangle region of North Carolina, he has appeared as Henry Carr in the acclaimed Burning Coal Theatre Company production of Tom Stoppard’s Travesties (which went on to enthusiastic reviews at Charleston’s Picolo Spoleto).  Over the years, he has appeared often with several companies in addition to Deep Dish Theater & Burning Coal, including PlayMakers Repertory Company, the StreetSigns Center for Literature and Performance, Temple Theatre, and others.

David is also the former Executive Director of the North Carolina Theatre Conference, a leadership and service organization for the state’s theatre organizations and artists.  An arts activist, he served as Board Chair for Arts North Carolina, and served as that organization’s Advocacy Chair for over two years.  He has served as an administrative consultant to a variety of arts organizations in North Carolina and Virginia.  Among other posts he has held in over 20 years of producing theatre and arts administration - General Manager, PlayMakers Repertory Company; Managing Director, Philadelphia Area Repertory Theatre; General Manager, Hedgerow Theatre.  He was a 2003 Goodmon Fellow as a participant in the Leadership Triangle program and is a recipient of various awards, including: the Middleton Service Award from the NC Theatre Conference for his leadership on behalf of theatre field in the state, and an Indie Arts Award for his work to enhance the cultural life in the Triangle region.  The production company, EbzB Productions, for which he serves as Executive Producer was awarded a North Carolina Theatre Award, The Constance Welsh Theatre for Youth Award, due to the company’s acclaimed work with students and families in Arts In Education in the state.  The company also received three Telly Awards for the national broadcast of The Night Before Christmas Carol on public television.  As a teaching artist trained under the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts’ (Washington, DC) Artists as Teachers program, he has worked with his wife and other artists to build and bridge communities in guiding them to create locally-based oral histories and to adapt these histories for the stage.  EbzB Productions’ work in this field has been recognized and endorsed by numerous state and local agencies, including the North Carolina Arts Council.

A self-described impresario, he is a theatre producer and actor by day, but he is also involved in the local political scene and has served as a campaign manager and other roles in political campaigns at the state and local levels.  He was raised in Rowan County, NC, and is a longtime outdoors enthusiast.  He has participated as an amateur/recreational triathlete in numerous multi-sport & triathlon events and has successfully summited Mt. Rainier in Washington state.  He has also completed a summit of Mt. Mitchell in the North Carolina mountains and hopes to attempt additional summits in the future elsewhere.  He is married to (performer, playwright and director) Serena Ebhardt, and is a proud father to their son.

 

 

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