David Scala is a second-generation Filipino-American writer and director for the stage & screen who grew up in the farmlands of New Jersey (yes, they exist). His five award-winning short films have screened at over 200 film festivals including the Seattle International Film Festival, Palm Spring ShortFest, Outfest, Frameline, Los Angeles Asian Pacific FF, and CAAMFest.
His most recent short ENGAGED (2019) starring Daniel K. Isaac (BILLIONS) and Ryan Jamaal Swain (POSE) screened at over 65 film festivals, winning Best Short Film at ReelQ Pittsburgh, Best Comedy at the New Hampshire Film Festival, and was distributed internationally in 2020. His feature screenplays have been finalists for the Sundance, HamptonsFilm, and Outfest screenwriting labs, along with placing at competitions such as WeScreenplay, ISA Emerging Screenwriter, Creative World Awards, and Tracking Board Launch Pad. He is a previous finalist for the Creative Capital Award, NYU Sloan Feature Film Award, and the Jameson First Shot Competition hosted by Maggie Gyllenhaal.
In 2017, his full-length stage play AMONG THE FURIES, based on his own unproduced screenplay of the same name, debuted at the New York Theater Festival, where he also served as director. Out of 86 shows in the festival, the play went on to win the Best of Festival Award for Best Play, as well as Best Actress and Best Set Design, also being nominated for Best Director. The play was one of 8 shows selected for the 2018 New Works Festival at the Garry Marshall Theatre in Los Angeles. That same year, the show returned for a critically-acclaimed, sold out run at the 2018 New York International Fringe Festival.
He is currently developing his feature directorial debut. BFA: NYU Tisch.