Most Valuable Players
A Guide to Austin Stage Actors
On the scene since: 1986
MVP for: Zachary Scott Theatre Center, Subterranean Theatre Company
Recent Roles: Richard III, Richard III, Disciples of Melpomene, 2001; Ivan, Art, Zach, 2001; Third Witch, A Macbeth, State Theater Co., 2000; various, Pride's Crossing, Zach, 2000; Devlin, Ashes to Ashes, Public Domain, 1999; Harry Kane, The Collection, STC, 1999; Oscar Wilde, Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde, State, 1999; Sebastian Bliss, Raised in Captivity, STC, 1999.
Honors: Best Vanishing Actor, Chronicle Best of Austin 2001; Critics Table & Payne Awards, Art; Critics Table nomination, Pride's Crossing; Payne nomination, Ashes to Ashes; Payne nomination, The Collection; Payne & Critics Table nominations, Gross Indecency; Critics Table nomination, Raised in Captivity; Critics Table award & Payne nomination, Sylvia.
Lack of pretense. That's what most characterizes David Stahl's acting. In fact, "acting" is not really an adequate way to describe what this UT grad brings to the table. Being is much more accurate. Even if he's just reading cold from a script, Stahl brings a sense of truth to what he does that most actors can only dream of duplicating. He's also gentle, humorous, good-natured -- an actor with a persona that you can't help but love. But he has a range that goes way beyond just being a nice guy. He scared people out of their wits in the State's A Macbeth. Gentle, but frightening; good-natured, but intense; being, not acting -- can an actor ask for more?