David Noroña has over 20 years of experience as an award-winning actor, writer, director, and producer, as well as numerous theatre, film, and television credits, including Designated Survivor, The Mentalist, One Tree Hill, and Six Feet Under. He also co-created/directed Paradise Lost: Shadows and Wings, a musical by composer-librettist Eric Whitacre. Currently head of the Studio Division at Bethel Media, David also served as Creative Director for Broadway Next, a musical theatre workshop in NYC. His greatest achievement is his marriage to Lisa Noroña, with whom he has four children: Zion, Night, Isaiah, and Talita.
WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO SAY TO THIS GENERATION OF ARTISTS?
“Artists are not prostitutes. They are prophets who prophesy through story, movement and emotion.” We are not simply performers; we are creative revivalists.
HOW DO YOU HEAR FROM GOD?
During worship one day in ministry school, I asked God why the people around me seemed to be having visible encounters with Him but not me. And He said to me: “You see things on the page and stage that others do not.” That’s how I hear His voice. That’s how He speaks to me. And that’s how I respond.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE BIBLE VERSE/LIFE VERSE?
I love the intimacy and trust revealed in “But Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart” (Luke 2:19). It speaks to me as an artist -- having this quiet place of pondering.
WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE ACTOR/DANCER?
I’m in awe of the strength and physicality of Baryshnikov as a dancer, the arresting minimalism of Hopkins and the emotional shape-shifting of Streep as actors, and the virtuosity of Broadway living legend, Audra McDonald.
FAVORITE BROADWAY SHOW?
The stunning young cast of Matilda and the mind-blowingly versatile cast of Once have both stayed with me long after the curtain fell.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE MOVIE?
My favorite classic drama would have to be The Godfather, parts one and two, and my favorite romantic comedy is When Harry Met Sally. Most recently, Room left me breathless with its simplicity and brutal honesty.
Most recently, Anthony Doerr’s All the Light We Cannot See, the story of a blind French girl and young German soldier’s collision with love set in WWII, took my breath away.