David Howey: Thespian Cousin
David Howey was another from Hepple who travelled the long road to success. Although he rarely attended Hepple School he was part of village life but kept somewhat remote by his father and mother. We connected really well at Ackworth School. David started one year after me in 1955. As far as I know he is the only thespian in the family? I don’t think his parents were too impressed with his career choice. I last spoke to him at ‘Kilnway’ with Aunty Ena not long before he took up his position at Philadelphia. He described his career as the ‘Shakespeare Industry’ which was big in the United States. I believe he first became a father at age 59!
David my brother John and I were the three ‘farm boys’ from our tiny village to take off into the big wide world. The propulsion came from our education I believe? Our mothers thought this was a good idea. I’m not so sure our fathers would have agreed?
Head: Acting Program
The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, USA
David was an actor in England for 30 years, working with the Royal Shakespeare Company, the National Theatre Company, in London’s West End and in innumerable TV series and films. He has appeared on Broadway twice and performed Shakespeare across the USA. During those 30 years, he worked with many of the greats of the British theatre, including Laurence Olivier, Anthony Hopkins, Ian Mckellen, Judi Dench, Trevor Nunn and Nicholas Hytner.
He trained under John Barton and Cecily Berry at the RSC, and taught at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. He is an accredited Associate Teacher of Fitzmaurice Voice Work. He currently teaches classical work in the Senior Acting Studio and voice and speech to the junior Acting majors. He has directed “The Philadelphia Story” and John Ford’s “Tis Pity She’s a Whore” for the Brind School and appeared as Dr Wilbur Larch in the school’s production of John Irving’s “The Cider House Rules.”
In Philadelphia, David has performed professionally with the Arden Theatre Company, Walnut Street Theatre, Bristol Riverside Theatre, the Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre, 1812 Productions, Interact Theatre Company, People’s Light and Theatre, Lantern Theatre, the Wilma Theatre and the Philadelphia Orchestra.