He co-founded OVO in 2003 and has directed a third of the company’s productions over the past 18 years. He pioneered the musical Shakespeares for which we are perhaps best known including Twelfth Night, The Merry Wives of Windsor, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and As You Like It, which won the 2016 Minack Trophy and was named as one of The Guardian’s top shows of 2019. Other directing highlights include The Ladykillers, Contractions and The 39 Steps. He oversaw OVO's forays into pop up spaces which prefaced our takeover of The Maltings Theatre in 2011, and developed the company’s distinctive outdoor performance style which has anchored the Roman Theatre Open Air Festival which he co-founded in 2014. These days he is rarely seen on stage but he had a successful career as a child actor, the highlight of which was being murdered by Anthony Sher as one of the princes in the tower in the seminal RSC production of Richard III in 1985.
Adam is the Founder of Schole, a chain of schools in Kenya and Uganda, and was previously CEO of youth leadership charity Changemakers and an advisor to Prime Ministers Brown and Cameron on education and youth policy. He serves on the boards of a number of education organisations in the UK and internationally.
In 2021, Adam was named in The Stage 100, the definitive guide to the most influential figures working in the UK theatre and performing arts industry. He featured in the UBS Social Entrepreneurs Index in 2019 and 2020.
As an actor, David made his OVO debut in The New World Order and followed this up with an acclaimed performance in the title role of Macbeth, for which he was nominated for Best Actor in the Barnet Drama Festival and which he subsequently reprised both indoors and open air. Other Shakespeare includes Jaques in As You Like It, Polixenes in The Winter’s Tale, Oberon in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and the Duke in Measure for Measure. Other OVO appearances include Sir William Collyer in The Deep Blue Sea, Oldridge in The Uninvited Ghost, and Robin in The Children.