David Prete is an actor, writer and director who lived and worked in NYC for fifteen years before attending the MFA Directing program at Northwestern University. He is also a graduate of the New Actors Workshop where he studied with Mike Nichols (Tony and Academy Award winning director of The Graduate. Primary Colors, The Birdcage, Angels in America), and George Morrison who also taught Dustin Hoffman, Edie Falco, Gene Hackman, and others.  David co-founded Water Theatre Company where he worked as an actor and producer. He has also acted in independent films screened at the Santa Barbara Film Festival, the Long Island Film Festival, and the International Film Festival of NYC. His critically acclaimed first book, Say That to My Face was published by W.W. Norton in 2003. And his debut novel, August and then some was released by Norton in April 2012.  As a teacher Prete has taught acting and writing workshops in conferences and universities around the country, including an ongoing workshop for the MFA students at The New School in NYC called “The Art of Public Readings.”