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David Maurice Sharp

Financial Literacy Educator


“Artists have a lot more freedom if they’re not worrying about money when taking on a project.”

David Maurice Sharp’s unique background allows him to relate to his audience both as an artist and as a financial professional.  He danced with the Mimi Garrard Dance Theatre from 1993 to 2001, as well as with other companies including Lucinda Childs, Blondell Cummings, Sean Curran, Rachel Lampert, Heidi Latsky, Lonne Moretton, and Anna Sokolow. His choreography has been performed at such venues as Lincoln Center, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, NYC Fringe Festival, La Mama, Soho Rep, Ensemble Studio Theatre, and HERE; and his video work, Shadow Dance, received a Silver Award from the Dance on Camera Festival.

Currently, as a financial professional, David works for Prime Clerk as a Director of Solicitation in their New York office, specializing in US and international restructurings, particularly those that involve public securities. He is an industry expert in both domestic and international corporate restructurings, as well as for Rights Offerings and Subscriptions, and authored several articles in industry publications such as the Daily Bankruptcy Review and  In addition, he frequently gave Continuing Legal Education presentations on key industry topics for law firms both in the United States and in London.

David was a founding member and initiated the formation of the Thriving Artists Investment Club, a limited partnership established by a small group of artist/friends to educate one another about investing and personal portfolio management.  Through that, he also gained greater insight into how the artist can best be educated about their finances and investing.  For more than a decade, David has been teaching investment workshops at HB Studio, an acting conservatory in New York City. This has provided him with the invaluable opportunity to hone his ideas for educating artists in regard to their finances, and to enjoy the success experienced by those who have implemented the ideas and techniques that he promotes.

In October 2014, David was named a “money hero” for his work in educating artists about their finances by Money magazine. He is the author of The Thriving Artist: Saving and Investing for Performers, Artists, and the Stage & Film Industries and a contributing author to A Life in Dance: A Practical Guide.


Named One of UpJourney’s “19 Best Investing Books for Beginners”


The old cliché about the "starving" artist may have a basis in reality, but it isn’t set in stone! The Thriving Artist provides valuable advice for the performing artist, whether you’re an actor, dancer, lighting guru, costumer, or stagehand, on investing, saving, and building a diversified and stable financial portfolio. Written specifically for artists who have fluctuating, uncertain, and sometimes limited streams of income, this book promotes an understanding of finances and the investment world for the artist by offering clear, basic explanations of how finances work and instruction on how to participate in them as an investor. It also provides unique strategies for integrating financial awareness and planning into your life as an artist, and how that can help to provide a better sense of financial security. With The Thriving Artist, author David Maurice Sharp guides you with unflappable good humor through the tricky financial waters that come with following your passion.

The All-Inclusive Thrive As An Artist Workshop

This two hour, all-inclusive one shot workshop introduces all aspects of financial education.  It begins with an introduction of the basic elements of the financial system and introduces goals to incorporate into your life to aid in taking control of your finances. It provides information on the types of financial investment vehicles that are available and how to acquire them through such means as mutual funds or brokers, and introduces information on retirement planning.

The Thrive As An Artist Workshop Series

This series of six workshops allows for in-depth exploration of specific financial education topics.  Each two hour course begins with a brief ‘crash catch-up’ introduction as a review of basic investment ideas before launching into the target topic. The in-depth topics of the series are:

  • All About Cash and Introduction to Insurance

  • Bonds as a Segment of Your Investment Strategy

  • Choosing Individual Stocks and Using a Broker

  • Mutual Funds and Exchange Traded Funds

  • Retirement Accounts

  • Investment Strategies

Customized Thrive As An Artist Workshops

Workshops can be customized to fit the needs of your organization. For example, a workshop can be presented to your employees to help educate them about your 403(b) or 401(k) retirement plan.

Previous engagements have included:  HB Studio, The SAG-AFTRA Foundation, Capital One 360 Cafe, MusiCares Foundation and The Cambridge Public Library.

Upcoming Workshops

3 October 2019 - 24 October 2019    Association of Teaching Artists webinars (Thursdays 5:00 - 7:00) More Information

14 October 2019 - 11 November 2019    HB Studio, 124 Bank Street, NYC (Mondays 3:00 - 5:00) More Information

18 October 2019  MusiCares NYC 1:00 - 3:00 More Information

5 November & 12 November 2019   The Actors Fund, 729 7th Ave, NYC (Tuesdays, 5:00 - 7:00) More Information

Previous Workshops

13 August 2019 & 20 August 2019   The Actors Fund, 729 7th Ave, NYC (Tuesdays 5:00 - 7:00)

20 July 2019 - 17 August 2019    HB Studio, 124 Bank Street, NYC (Saturdays 2:30 - 4:30)

13 May 2019 & 20 May 2019   The Actors Fund, 729 7th Ave, NYC (Mondays, 5:00 - 7:00)

4 May 2019 - 8 June 2019    HB Studio, 124 Bank Street, NYC (Saturdays, 2:30 - 4:30)

15 Mar 2019    MusiCares NYC 2:00 - 3:30

11 Feb 2019 - 11 Mar 2019    HB Studio, 124 Bank Street, NYC (Mondays, 3:00 - 5:00)

Taken at Capital One Cafe, 6/11/2016

Taken at Capital One Cafe, 6/11/2016



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