Bio

Davy Raphaely is a New York-based actor born in Baltimore, Maryland where he started taking acting and dance lessons at the age of 10. He continued studying acting at Carver Center for Arts and Technology high school, where he was awarded the Baltimore County Public School Acting Achievement Award. Upon graduation he received a scholarship to attend the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, where he received a BFA in Acting, and was awarded the University of the Arts Performance Award.

 

Davy began his professional career on stage in Philadelphia, cutting his teeth on 11 productions at the Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre. Since then, Davy has worked consistently with numerous award-winning companies throughout Philadelphia including Walnut Street Theatre, Philadelphia Theatre Company, Arden Theatre Company, Theatre Exile, InterAct Theatre, Flashpoint Theatre, Luna Theatre, and more.

 

Meanwhile, Davy began his film career in a short film called Valentine’s Day, written and directed by noted Philadelphia casting director Mike Lemon, which premiered at the 2008 Philadelphia GLBT Film Festival. He has now been seen in numerous films and web series, including most recently Camp Dread starring Eric Roberts and ZK: Elephant’s Graveyard starring Billy Zane and Mischa Barton. He can also be seen in numerous commercials and print ads. 

He currently lives in Brooklyn, NY.

What The Critics Say

The Special

"Davy Raphaely is outstanding as Jerry and believably conveys the range of emotions he experiences, as well as his change in personality." 

Dread Central, Michelle Swope

 

"The performance of Jerry is compassionately captured by Davy Raphaely, and he never stops eliciting sympathy from the viewer, even during his worst, sometimes gross out moments. He nails these complex moments with intense credibility. Raphaely comes across as a “nice guy” in both appearance and demeanor, and these physical and personality traits are what naturally keeps the viewer on his side."

Morbidly Beautiful, Jason McFiggins

"...with some really solid character work. Davy Raphaely as Jerry is completely believable as a man who is just loosing his shit in the chase for that high, it does not matter who he hurts he will do anything to protect his new love. Raphaely is really having to do some weird ass shit in this movie yet never once crosses the line of being just plain campy silly nonsense."

365 Flicks Podcast, 365Flicks

"Raphaely offers some genuine menace as his madness evolves"

Killer Horror Critic, Paul Bauer

 

Lost in Yonkers

"Davy Raphaely gave a charming comic portrayal — and more — as the lovable but weak and self-centered gangster Uncle Louie"

Rutland Herold, Jim Lowe

Laughter on the 23rd Floor

"Davy Raphaely coolly portrays earnest newbie, Lucas, (representing early career Simon), who observes and commentates throughout the show, with superb subtlety."

DC Metro Theater Arts, Lisa Pranzer

"...the Simon character (called Lucas, and charmingly played here by Davy Raphaely) recalls his heady entrée into professional comedy writing."

PhillyMag.com, David Fox

"...portrayed by a wildly talented group of actors. Simon, the playwright, becomes our narrator, Lucas, played with sweet, deferential charm by Davy Raphaely."

Broad Street Review, Toby Zinman

"For Simon, we have Lucas (played winningly by Davy Raphaely), the newbie, also our narrator"

Philly.com, John Timpane

 

All My Sons

"Raphaely has one of those faces that let's us see what his character feels even when his words are presenting a different picture. It's a marvelous performance of a young man maturing through circumstances and the acquiring of dangerous knowledge."

Berkshire Bright Focus..., J. Peter Bergman.

Raphaely is able to fulfill Chris's role as Miller's onstage orator by balancing passionate monologues with an undertone of sensibility, the whole time exhibiting a spectrum of emotions that brings us to a deeper understanding of Miller's intent.

The Vermont Journal, Jennifer Jones

Davy Raphaely was particularly natural as the ever-optimistic and rational Chris Keller 

Times Argus

 

Peter and the Starcatcher

 

"Both Raphaely and Mastronadi are comical and add a good deal of humor to the show."

Theatre Sensation, Kellie Curtain

 

"Davy Raphaely and Matthew Mastronardi as the endearing orphan boys Prentiss (the self-proclaimed leader) and Ted (aka Tubby), who is obsessed with food" 

Phindie, Debra Miller

 

Other Desert Cities

 

"Davy Raphaely, as brother Trip, cushions the curves...He’s the referee in the family and his impeccable comedic timing is well suited for the character’s “no harm- no foul” approach to avoiding confrontation.... and we expect to see him on an ensemble sit-com one day – hopefully soon."

In and around Town, What to do, Ardmonk, NY

 

New York Times mention

 

 

Other Desert Cities

 

"After reading Brooke’s Memoir, there is a powerful scene between the siblings that brings out the best in Raphaely, whose body reflects the torment of witnessing his family implode."

The Inquirer and Mirror, Nantucket, Mass. Barbara A. White

 

A Life in the Theatre

 

"This marks the second Independence Studio show in a row for Raphaely, who just closed Bad Jews last month, and his John makes a great, casual counterpoint to Van Horn's affected Robert...Raphaely gives a fancy little neck pop while spraying his hair that tells you all you need to know about John's healthy ego."

Philadelphia Inquirer, Wendy Rosenfield

 

"Raphaely infuses the much younger man with a genuine sense of respect and with a live-and-let-live attitude."

NewsWorks (WHYY), Howard Shapiro

 

"Raphaely gives a poised and energetic performance as John...both these fine actors imbued life into their characters and gave them depth...the play is exquisitely performed by Bill Van Horn and Davy Raphaely."

Theatre Sensation, Kellie Curtain

 

Bad Jews

 

"Raphaely in another fine performance as a grandson"

Philadelphia Inquirer, Toby Zinman

 

"Davy Raphaely is a wonderful Liam. He can be the sweet and open-hearted partner to Melody and the bolstering older brother to Jonah. He shows you Liam’s warm and social side. If Raphaely says it, you take his word...His is an all-encompassing performance, and Raphaely handles it in a way that makes Liam the champion of the evening."

Neals Paper, Neal Zoran

 

The Chosen

 

"...effectively delivered a sensitive and secretly rebellious Daniel."

The Catskill Chronical, J. A. Di Bello

 

Camp Dread

 

"...everyone does a terrific job bringing their respected characters to life (especially Davy Raphaely who really stands out in the role of Vinny)."

Horror News, Todd Martin

 

4000 Miles

 

"...Leo (the excellent Davy Raphaely looking like a young Mark Ruffalo)..."

Philadelphia Inquirer, Toby Zinman

 

"The story unfolds in a long monologue that Leo shares with Vera one night, a quiet, profound release of the play’s subtly building tension, heart-wrenchingly performed by Raphaely in the near-darkness."

Philadelphia City Paper, Mark Cofta

 

"Davy Raphaely is all moodiness and natural slouch as Leo. He takes to the “4000 Miles” couch with a book as easily and as freely as if he was about to enjoy a quiet afternoon in his own home."

Neals Paper, Neal Zoran

 

"Raphaely’s is a complete, genuine performance that reveals every fiber of Leo’s being, from his independent spirit and warmth to his confusion and poor coping skills. His work helps give “4000 Miles” an arc it may not have had except for the all-out honesty and reality of his portrayal."

Neals Paper, Neal Zoran

 

"That relationship, in the Philadelphia Theatre Company production, has a surprisingly earthy chemistry in the performances of Beth Dixon as the grandmother and Davy Raphaely as her grandson – each holds the stage with a singular presence that embodies the characters."

NewsWorks (WHYY), Howard Shapiro

 

"Raphaely, a Philadelphian who has been acting on stages here since his teens (most recently as Arden Theatre Company's "Pinocchio" in a family production), climbs to a new level as the grandson. He gracefully shifts moods when called for, and sometimes his posture speaks for his character as well as the words he's delivering."

NewsWorks, Howard Shapiro

 

"Performances by Beth Dixon (Vera) and Davy Raphaely (Leo) were outstanding."

Philadelphia Jewish Voice, Lisa Grunberger

 

"The play is carried well by Raphaely (Leo), who exhibits a lovely balance of holistic hippie and considerate caretaker. His impish smile and put-on bravado are ignited as he interacts with two female counterparts..."

Examiner.com, Samantha Clarke

 

Proof

 

"Apple, Raphaely and Van Horn bring fully human complexity to each of the roles. Their emotional tone can change, either subtly or dramatically, within a few lines."

Daily Local News, Dante J.J. Bevilacqua

 

"Raphaely is charming as Hal, Robert’s admiring former mathematics student who finds himself drawn to Catherine romantically on the eve of Robert’s funeral. Although the role is not inherently comical, Raphaely manages to inject subtle doses of physical humor throughout the show that give a welcome, and much needed, comical relief for the audience at crucial moments."

Wooster Weekly News, Jennifer Kneuss

 

The History of Invulnerability

 

"Raphaely artfully displays Shuster’s layers of shyness, talent and stoicism."

The Washington Post, Celia Wren

 

The Bomb-itty of Errors

 

"The cast is terrific: All four actors are funny, each in his own endearing and super-cute way, and they work as a team to make the necessarily word-perfect rhyming look like reckless riffing."

Philadelphia Inquirer, Toby Zinman

 

"Raphaely's old rappin' Jewish jeweler presents a litany of borscht belt jokes that must have been Henny Youngman's old routine. Oy-fully hysterical."

Philadelphia Examiner, Sharon Geller

 

"For the 2011 production, [Rob] McClure has been replaced by Raphaely, who more than meets the rigorous demands the energetic show puts on its cast. And while one might expect the lone newcomer Raphaely to struggle with the musical’s intricacies, he handles the language particularly well, aided no doubt by his considerable experience with Shakespeare."

Philadelphia Weekly, J. Cooper Robb

 

Lungs

 

"... the clarity and honesty of Ford’s and Raphaely’s performances."

Philadelphia Inquirer, Wendy Rosenfield

 

"Certain moments between the couple--a sleepy slow dance with Ford nestled on Raphaely’s shoulder--are so tender they ache, and the couple’s insecurities ring uncomfortably true."

Philadelphia Inquirer, Wendy Rosenfield

 

"The warm, naturalistic performances by Raphaely and Ford add to the appeal; you'll feel you know people like them, or wish you did."

Talkin Broadway

 

Saturn Returns

 

"At 28, Gustin is taking care of his difficult wife Loretta. Raphaely nailed the role of loving her and dealing with her problems."

Stage Magazine, Arnie Finkel

 

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie

 

"Raphaely plays the boy, and he's more than just an excellent straight man; he gets to show off his own talent for physical comedy."

Talkin’ Broadway, Tim Dunleavy

 

"It's the less immediately rewarding of the two roles, but the subtlety with which [Raphaely's] Boy accepts responsibility gives the story a veneer of safety - he's not in control, exactly, but at least he's trying. It's that reassurance that makes Mouse's anarchic capers fun, rather than frightening, to parents and manic younger charges alike."

Philly.com, The Inquirer, Wendy Rosenfield

 

Slasher

"Davy Raphaely (in multiple roles), delivers hysterically intentional "bad acting" during the horror film shoot."
Broad Street Review, Jim Rutter

"A standout cast gives it their all, including Davy Raphaely's frowzy, enthusiastic First Assistant, who doggedly tries to live his dream even as the film's "investors" seem to fall away by the minute."

Edge Media Network, Alaina Mabaso

Sleeping Beauty

 

"Raphaely is outstanding."

Philadelphia Weekly, J. Cooper Robb

"Prince Owain, fantastically played by Davy Raphaely"

County Press, Christina Perryman

 

House Divided

 

"...entire cast delivers staggeringly rich performances. Raphaely imparts a passionate yearning diluted by frustration"

Broad Street Review, Jim Rutter

 

"Raphaely’s performance as Oren showed a subtlety of feelings and thoughts that suited this role perfectly, almost developing his character into an Israeli Hamlet, a young man unsure of which choice to make."

All About Jewish Theatre, Henrik Eger

 

"The characters came alive in the brilliant performances of the all male cast. David Howey as Lou Goldstein was superb, as was Davy Raphaely who played his son Oren Goldstein."

Jewish Community Voice, Joseph Puder