This intimate conversation with Emmy Award winner and Tony Award nominee Keith David traverses his expansive career and the invaluable lessons he has gleaned along the way: performance craftwork, author’s intent, and finding the humanity in each character toward exploring the human condition. At the heart of his success is thoughtful artistry, which has helped him craft longevity in the television and film industry. Keith David’s perspective on the craft is deeply rooted in the text and consists in “finding a kind of engaged objectivity”—his desire and ability to tap into the tone of each story he encounters. This interview explores David’s remarkable credits from his iconic ensemble performance in Oliver Stone’s Platoon to his more recent critically acclaimed lead role in OWN’s Greenleaf, from his numerous television, feature film, and theatrical appearances, to his award-winning documentaries, animated features, video gaming, and commercials.

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