Dave Willacker was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio. He attended St. Veronica grade school, where he wrote his first play while in the sixth grade. The play was performed for the Christmas pageant that year. After graduating from St. Veronica, Dave attended McNicholas High School. There under the guidance of drama teacher Ms. Gene Spurlock, Dave became a nationally recognized Thespian. At competition Dave and a friend of his Scott Replogel won a first place award for performance of a skit which they had written together. Also during high school Dave performed in numerous plays and was asked to rework the dialogue of scenes adjusting for additional characters or dated content. Dave’s writing continued throughout high school, having several stories published writing high school publications and he became an editor of the school newspaper.
The summer following high school Dave auditioned and joined the cast of the Ohio Renaissance Festival. Dave became pirate Slightly Acutabove and began two seasons of fight choreography training. Also while at the Ohio Renaissance Festival Dave learned to juggle, first from a friend and then from a book The Complete Juggler which was recommended to him and which he now recommends to others. After two seasons with the Ohio Renaissance Festival Dave reluctantly retired to focus his time on working and college. Dave was now attending Northern Kentucky University and studying Psychology and Religious Studies. While attending college Dave continued to audition for roles in the Northern Kentucky’s plays, and continued to practice juggling. For a long time Dave was the best juggler he knew, until he attended the Cincinnati Club Club one evening. The Cincinnati Club Club is a recreational juggling club open to all people who wish to juggle. Dave was floored by the talent and skills of people like Scott Sorenson, Arnold Ward, and Rochelle McCollom. Dave soon joined the club and began moving to the next level of talent.
At the same time Dave was experiencing a spiritual awakening. While attending Northern Kentucky University he had become a member, and eventually president, of the Catholic Newman Center. While Dave’s Major remained psychology he began taking Religious Studies classes and even took Biblical Greek at Cincinnati Bible College. It became clear that God was calling Dave to ministry and in the summer of 1997 Dave became the Director of Youth Ministry for Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish in Fairfield Ohio.
Contact Juggler Dave and Friends call Dave at (513) 921-5454 or email him at JugglerDave@hotmail.com.
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