David Quinn (actor)

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David Quinn
Alma materUniversity of Washington

David Quinn is an American actor, entrepreneur and teacher, currently serving as the IB Diploma Coordinator in The International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme at a high school in New York City. In 2014, he founded The High School Counselor Challenge,[1] a national social-media campaign with the goal of getting more public-school counselors from underserved communities to one of the admission profession's premier gatherings: The annual NACAC conference.

As an educator, Quinn is a 2009 Recipient of the US Presidential Scholars Program's Teacher Recognition Award.[2] In 2013, Quinn was honored by Northwestern University as one of the Distinguished Secondary Teachers in America.[3] In 2013, he was selected as a Claes Nobel Educator of the Year and named one of the top ten educators in America.[4]

Quinn began acting at the age of four, starting out as a regular on the enduring children's program Sesame Street. Between 1986–1988, he was the host of 3-2-1 Contact,[5] the educational science series produced for The Public Broadcasting Service (PBS). In 1988, he hosted the TV series "I Have AIDS, A Teenager's Story" with noted AIDS advocate, Ryan White. The program won the Peabody Award.[6] As a teen, Quinn went to noted performing arts training center Stagedoor Manor in New York for many summers, and roomed with friend Jon Cryer.[7] In 1985, Quinn performed in the original Live Aid concert in Philadelphia, singing in the show's finale with the group "Children to Children".[5] During his television career, Quinn appeared in numerous commercials and television programs before embarking on simultaneous careers in business and education.

In 1993, Quinn left acting for the field of secondary education. He earned a B.A. (English/Anthropology-Archaeology) and an M.Ed. from the University of Washington.[8] While at the University of Washington, Quinn co-founded Allrecipes.com and became a founding partner of the Pinpoint Venture Group, which invests in startup companies in the Pacific Northwest. In 2003, he was a recipient of the Puget Sound Business Journal's 40 Under 40 Award, honoring young leaders in Seattle's business and philanthropic community.[9] In April 2006, Quinn sold Allrecipes to Readers Digest. Quinn also founded ZC Entertainment in Los Angeles, which creates celebrity-based charity events for major corporations.[10] In August 2007, Quinn sold ZC Entertainment to SportsQuest, Inc.[11] In 2010, Quinn returned to filmmaking, serving as Associate Producer of Order of Chaos, starring Milo Ventimiglia.[5]

Currently, Quinn serves as an Artistic Advisor to the American Playwriting Foundation[12] and sits on the advisory board of SeriesFest,[13] a showcase for new pilots from established and emerging content creators. While in Seattle, Quinn served on the Board of Trustees of the 5th Avenue Theatre[14] and on the Board of Directors of the Seattle Repertory Theatre.[15]


  1. ^ Chronicle of Higher Education article
  2. ^ 2009 Presidential Scholars Yearbook page 61
  3. ^ Five high school teachers are the recipients of the Northwestern University Distinguished Secondary Teacher Awards
  4. ^ "Claes Nobel Educators of the Year". Archived from the original on 2016-08-21. Retrieved 2016-07-09.
  5. ^ a b c David Quinn at IMDb
  6. ^ IMDB entry for Peabody Awards 1989
  7. ^ New Yorker article on Theatre Geek
  8. ^ University of Washington Newsletter
  9. ^ List of winners of 40 under 40 Award
  10. ^ Pinpoint Ventures Bio for David Quinn Archived 2006-03-17 at the Wayback Machine
  11. ^ ZC Entertainment Acquired by SportsQuest, Inc[permanent dead link]
  12. ^ American Playwriting Foundation
  13. ^ SeriesFest
  14. ^ 5th Avenue Theatre Board of Directors[permanent dead link]
  15. ^ Seattle Repertory Theatre Board of Directors