Todd London is thrilled to be joining the University of Washington's School of Drama as Executive Director/Professor. Mr. London holds the newly established Floyd U. Jones Family Endowed Chair in Drama. He comes to Seattle from 18 seasons as Artistic Director of New York's New Dramatists, the nation's oldest center for the support and development of playwrights, where he has worked closely with more than a hundred and fifty of America’s leading playwrights and advocated nationally and internationally for hundreds more. Last year saw the publication of his two newest books, An Ideal Theater: Founding Visions for a New American Art (Theatre Communications Group), and a collection of Todd’s theatre essays, The Importance of Staying Earnest: Writings from Inside the American Theatre, 1988-2013 (NoPassport Press). He is also the author (with Ben Pesner) of Outrageous Fortune: The Life and Times of the New American Play (Theatre Development Fund), The Artistic Home (TCG), and The World’s Room, a novel (Steerforth Press), among others. “A Lover’s Guide to American Playwrights,” his column of tributes to contemporary playwrights, appears on howlround.com.
In 2009 Todd became the first recipient of Theatre Communications Group’s (TCG) Visionary Leadership Award for “an individual who has gone above and beyond the call of duty to advance the theatre field as a whole, nationally and/or internationally.” A former managing editor of American Theatre, he has won the prestigious George Jean Nathan Award for Dramatic Criticism for his essays and a Milestone Award for his novel. Under his leadership, New Dramatists received a special Tony® Honor and the Obie’s Ross Wetzsteon Award. His essays and articles have been translated for publication in Russia, North and South Africa, Scandinavia, Serbia, and Romania. Dr. London has taught at Harvard, New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and, for the past eight years, at the Yale School of Drama. He’s a past Literary Director of the American Repertory Theatre at Harvard and Associate Artistic Director of CSC Rep off Broadway and New Playwrights Theatre in Washington, D.C. He holds an MFA in Directing from Boston University and a PhD in Literary Studies from American University. He is married to playwright Karen Hartman (UW School of Drama Senior Artist in Residence) and has two sons, Guthrie and Grisha.