David I. Stern began his career working on the Broadway productions of Miss Saigon, Nick & Nora, andBig. He was soon infected with the desire to put pen to paper and wrote the plays Dreams & Stuff and Finders of Lost Luggage. After a small detour into directing with the New York revival of Starting Here, Starting Now(nominated for a MAC Award) and a stint with The American Project at Circle in the Square, he transitioned into radio by writing for NPR’s The 1990’s Radio Hour and a Half.
Following the particularly cold winter of 1996, David migrated west to write numerous movies including:Geppetto(nominated for four Emmy Awards),Open Season 2(nominated for an Annie Award), Open Season 3(which he also executive produced), Free Birds (which he also executive produced), Henry & Me(nominated for an Annie Award), as well as the upcoming animated feature Punk Farm. David is a regular on the punch-up/re-write circuit and has contributed to many motion pictures including: First Daughter, The Smurfs, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Tinkerbell 3, Open Season, and The Hotel Transylvania. In addition, he recently produced the documentaryRoadmap Genesis, now available on DVD.
For the stage, David wrote the musicals SnapshotsandMy Son Pinocchiowith longtime collaborator and renowned songwriter Stephen Schwartz. He has helped finance several Broadway shows includingWicked, Next to Normal, The Pee Wee Herman Show, and If/Then; and is currently Co-Producing the upcoming original musical Dear Evan Hansen.
For television, David wrote and produced on the series Mozart in the Jungle (winner of the Golden Globe Award for Best Comedy Series).