David May: Storyteller

Storytelling has always been part of David's life. Filmmaking, performing, and marketing all depend heavily on storytelling.

Digital Marketing

  • David leads a team at Chapman University and together they leverage stories to further Chapman's overall marketing goals.

Film and Video

  • As an award-winning filmmaker whose short films have appeared on television and in film festivals globally, he has a demonstrated ability to tell stories through moving images.

Speaker and Performer

David May Interviews

David May Speeches

Rep. John Campbell's congressional award for leadership in business.

Rep. John Campbell's congressional award for leadership in business.


David May: Extended Bio

David grew up in Aurora Colorado and attended Overland High School. He was very involved in performing, filmmaking, cross country, snowboarding, ultimate frisbee, student government, choir, and leadership clubs. In his junior and senior year, David was one of eight students selected for Overland's "Advanced Acting" program, and he placed into speech and debate nationals three times. His junior year, he placed twelfth place, and his senior he placed second. In 2008, he was invited back to Speech and Debate Nationals to judge the final round of "Humorous Interpretation of Literature."

In 2001, David moved from Colorado to California to pursue an education in Film and Television at Chapman University's top-ranking Dodge College of Film and Media Arts. David was also involved in his Fraternity, Delta Tau Delta, and served as president in 2004. He also joined the Chapman Ambassadors program, the Student Lead Office, and Chapman's admission office. David participated in the production of numerous student films, including Brett Simmon's film "Husk" which screened at Sundance in 2005.

David wrote and directed "Fetch" and "Itsy Bitsy," two award-winning student films that screened at over 100 film festivals internationally. In 2007, he was selected to participate in Steven Spielberg / Mark Burnett's "On The Lot" and placed 12th.

After graduating in 2005, he began work in Chapman's admission office where he read applications and served on the admission committee. In 2011, he joined the newly-created Strategic Marketing and Communications team at Chapman University where he was promoted to Director of Web and Interactive Marketing.

In 2012, David May was awarded Chapman University Advancement's "Employee of the Year" and in 2014 he was honored with a congressional award for "leadership in business" in acknowledgement of his work with Chapman University.