David Francisco Mendizábal is a director, designer, and one of the Producing Artistic Leaders of The Movement Theatre Company [TMTC] in Harlem. At TMTC he conceived and directed Look Upon Our Lowliness by Harrison David Rivers, lead produced by Deadria Harrington, which told the story of a group of gay men of color dealing with grief over the mysterious death of their closest friend and brought together the LGBTQ community of color in Harlem to discuss issues of faith, family, love and loss. He directed the North-American premiere of Bintou by Koffi Kwahulé, translated by Chantal Bilodeau, which was nominated for three AUDELCO Awards. He most recently served as one of the Andrew W. Mellon Artistic Leadership Fellows at the Los Angeles Theatre Center/Latino Theatre Company for the 2014 Encuentro Festival of Latina/o works. As a designer, David makes costumes for Bebe Zahara Benet #theoriginal winner of RuPaul's Drag Race. He is currently developing a new piece entitled And She Would Stand Like This with playwright Harrison David Rivers, producer Deadria Harrington and choreographer/performance artist Kia LaBeija, a member of the iconic House of LaBeija. Alumni of Drama League Director’s Project, The Civilian’s R&D Group, 2013 Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab, and LAByrinth Theatre Company Intensive Ensemble, David holds a B.F.A. from New York University. A first-generation Puerto Rican/Ecuadorian Queer Latino artist, he loves chocolate and drag queens and is passionate about understanding and unpacking the rich multi-layered complexity of identity and culture.