Until recently Chicago-born, NY-based David Chapman was pretty much solely a theater artist. He traveled the world directing, performing, writing and teaching theater, including year-long stints as a Fulbright Scholar in Hungary and a Luce Scholar in Vietnam, credits on and off Broadway and runs of his solo shows in Edinburgh, London, Canada and elsewhere. In the summer of 2012, after much soul searching and turning 30, David knew the peripatetic and shortsighted life of a freelance artist, albeit exciting, wasn't enough. He decided to return to a (much) earlier interest: pursuing social justice through a Jewish lens. Taking the biggest professional risk of his life, he cleared his calendar of theater work and took a temporary assistant gig for the Jewish Life and Values Program at the Nathan Cummings Foundation (NCF), a progressive philanthropy animated by the values of tzedek and chesed that David had always believed in, but rarely got to express through his work. After a trial period, his contract was extended and his role expanded to Program Coordinator. Now, after a humbling but inspiring start, he is excited to dive deeper into the world of Jewish social justice, while continuing his journey as a creative artist.David believes his most innovative work integrating his longtime passion for theater with Jewish social justice still lies ahead. As a theater artist, David makes bold, original stories on stage that challenge audiences to rethink assumptions. His solo work, which spans everything from sexuality to Raoul Wallenberg, demonstrates his willingness to take risks with humor, heart and joy. As Director of the Core Co Apprentice Program, David mentors genre-busting young artists, imparting his love of theater while teaching grit, patience and pragmatism. At NCF, David plays a key role in grantmaking and convening progressive religious voices and advancing the Middle East peace process. This year he is honored to be a Slingshot evaluator. Though new to this work, he already understands the power of innovative, catalytic philanthropy to build fields and maximize impact throughout the Jewish world and beyond. Surprisingly (or not), many qualities he developed in theater are valuable in philanthropy, among them leadership and collaboration. In March 2013, David took a first step towards wearing both hats simultaneously during his residency at the ROI Connection Point, Asylum, Six Points Foundation new retreat for international Jewish artists.