Actor. Filmmaker. Artist.

I was born and raised surfing the waves of the pacific ocean in Huntington Beach California. However, my desire to experience the world took me away and by the time I was 25, had traveled all over the planet including Europe, Thailand, China and India.

I am a performer, writer, storyteller, filmmaker and theater creator who works from a combination of curiosity, collaboration, practical application and experience.

For me the work always begins with writing.

Writing forms ideas and techniques used in the process of creating art. I like to define the practical and impractical ways artists conjure the invisible world of their dreams into the way they manifest doable actions and concrete events. Creativity is a lot like alchemy - Equal parts fact and fiction, pragmatism and mysticism.

I like working with my hands and material I can touch. Ceramics is an example. Working with material is part of my process because it holds information and can transmit ideas. When you combine material with thoughts, ideas and language, information is shared and a fundamental part of being an artist is moving information and ideas from one place to another. 


The phrase“You create the process and the process creates the work" is my artistic mantra. It is a simple guide to creating art. It's a recipe. And although each artist is unique and their process specific, this phrase encourages me to constantly examine my own process as a pragmatic evolution in creating work.


I’ve always been drawn to matters of the environment, social justice, human rights, feminism and gender equality, freedom of speech, freedom of the press, civil rights, non-violence protests, global responsibility, sustainability and the simply philosophy that forgiveness, love and understanding will make the world a better place. 

David Beatty is from Orange County California. He is of Scottish, Irish and Native American decent. (Shawnee Tribe from his maternal grandmother) 

David received a BA from Adams State University in 1996 and a MFA from the University of California Davis in 2005 where he had the privilege to study and work with Dr. Paul Newman, Dr. Carolyn Harper, Della Davidson, Peter Lichtenfels, Rinde Eckert and Anne Bogart.

He also studied at The Beverly Hills Playhouse with Al Mancini and Studio 24/7 with Mark McPherson. 

In 2005 David launched Double Yellow Line Films and through this production company produced dozens of award winning shorts, feature films and new media projects. 

David is known for his roles in The Wasteland, Get Spy, Lien On Me, Criminal Minds, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and his directorial debut feature film Surviving New Year’s.  

David Beatty 

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