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David “Tug” Watson is a musical theatre artist from New York who most recently performed as a cast member in the Broadway revival of Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street. Watson joined the Broadway company of The Phantom of the Opera in 2018 after receiving his MFA. He also played the role of Munkustrap in the Worldwide production of Cats before becoming a swing and performing the role of Gus in the 2016 Broadway revival. He has also toured extensively with Chicago, Evita, Young Frankenstein, and Annie. Other favorite roles played are Jesus in Jesus Christ Superstar, Homer in Floyd Collins, Jerry in The Full Monty, and Whizzer in Falsettos 

Watson has held faculty positions at Marymount Manhattan College and Nazareth University. He has also been a soloist with the San Diego Symphony where he served as the movement coordinator and associate director of its Broadway Summer Series. At the Royal Danish Ballet Summer School, he taught musical theatre dance repertoire as a member of the faculty. 

He enjoys leading masterclasses and workshops and coaching actors for auditions and firmly believes the more education one has the more versatile an artist one will be. His knowledge of the repertoire comes from his love for musical theatre and his passion to study theatre artists whose contribution to the art form should be remembered. 

Watson holds a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) from San Diego State University and a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) from Syracuse University.