Topics – Todd London

June 3, 2014

Todd London Receives 2014 Miss Lilly Award

On Monday, June 2nd at Playwrights Horizons out-going New Dramatists Artistic Director, Todd London, was awarded a 2014 Miss Lilly Award. This award goes to a male theatre professional who is a great champion of women theatre artists.   Read More

April 30, 2014

Emily Morse is Named the New Artistic Director of New Dramatists

New Dramatists, Tony® Honor recipient and the nation's premiere playwright development workshop, announces that Emily Morse will assume the position of Artistic Director beginning in July. Morse, on staff at New Dramatists since 2001 and currently serving as Director of Artistic Development, assumes the position from Todd London who leaves New Dramatists after eighteen years to become the Executive Director/Professor of Drama at the University of Washington where he’ll oversee undergraduate, MFA and PhD programs, training and productions.   Read More

DOUBLE-BOOKED, a party in conjunction with Theatre Communications Group and NoPassport Press, to celebrate the publication of two new books by Todd London, Artistic Director of New Dramatists: An Ideal Theater: Founding Visions for a New American Art (TCG) and The Importance of Staying Earnest: Writings from Inside the American Theatre, 1988-2013 (NoPassport).

November 5, 2013

Video: Todd London - I Don’t Want to Talk about Innovation: A Talk about Innovation

Artistic Director Todd London, Executive Director Joel Ruark and resident playwright/board member Deborah Stein attended the National Innovation Summit for Arts & Culture in Denver, Colorado from October 20 - 22 as invited representatives of New Dramatists. Todd's speech I Don’t Want to Talk about Innovation: A Talk about Innovation was featured as part of the Artists as Agents of Change session of the summit.  Read More

September 24, 2013

TCG Books Releases "An Ideal Theater" Edited by Todd London

Theatre Communications Group (TCG) has announced the publication of An Ideal Theater: Founding Visions for a New American Art, a wide-ranging, inspiring documentary history of the American theatre movement as told by the visionaries who goaded it into being. The anthology collects over forty essays, manifestos, letters and speeches that are each introduced and placed in historical context by New Dramatists Artistic Director Todd London, who spent nearly a decade assembling the collection.  Read More

July 3, 2013

London's Calling

Todd London in his office at New Dramatists (photo by Susan Johann)

In the summer of 2009, during the final day of Theatre Communications Group’s National Conference in Baltimore, Todd London—writer, scholar and artistic director of the venerable playwrights’ organization New Dramatists—was called up onto the stage of the Hippodrome Theatre to receive TCG’s first Visionary Leadership Award. Since then, the award has been given out annually to “an individual who has gone above and beyond the call of duty to advance the theatre field as a whole, nationally and/or internationally.”  Read More

May 20, 2013

What Price Idealism, or Who You Gonna Dance With?

One of my all-time favorite play titles is Christopher Durang’s ‘dentity Crisis. It’s minimalist genius: the personal crisis, the dropped “I.” Well, it’s ‘dentity crisis time in the nonprofit theater, but this time the “I” that got dropped stands for ideals or, maybe, idealism. It stands for impulse, as in the original one, and individual, as in individual aesthetic, the thing that makes it possible to distinguish one institutional theater from another, which is now a bit like taste-testing brands of milk. In fact, to read Diane Ragsdale’s air-clearing report on a 2011 confab between producers from America’s commercial and nonprofit worlds, the “I” fell off somewhere back In the Intersection,that crossroads where the art theater meets the money one.  Read More

March 27, 2013

One for All and All for One and Every Man for Himself

I take my title today from that great triumvirate of American philosophers: Moe, Larry, and Curly, known in poststructuralist circles as Les Trois Stooges. With unerring precision they captured the complicated essence of American life—and by extension American theatrical life—in their expert revision of the motto of Alexandre Dumas’ three Musketeers: “One for all and all for one.” To which the incisive Curly added, “And every man for himself.” Yes that’s my subject, the one and the all, for each other and for themselves. In the spirit of the Stooges, I will digress whenever possible, including now, before I get to the point.  Read More

March 14, 2013

Artistic Director Todd London Publishes Writings from Inside the American Theater

Todd London's "The Importance of Staying Earnest: Writings from Inside the American Theater, 1988 - 2013"

In the theater, as New Dramatists artistic director Todd London reminds us, the difference between critics and artists is the power of Yes. A critic is the spirit that says No. An artist is the spirit that says Yes.  Read More

February 12, 2013

Artistic Director Todd London to Give Keynote Address at NoPassport Theatre Conference

New Dramatists Artistic Director will be the keynote speaker at the 7th annual NoPe - NoPassport Theatre Conference on March 1. Todd's new book The Importance of Staying Earnest: Writings from Inside the American Theatre 1988-2013 is being published by NoPassport Press on Feb 28.  Read More

December 5, 2012

A Lover’s Guide to American Playwrights: Stephen Adly Guirgis

New York’s LAByrinth Theater Company announces a new Stephen Adly Guirgis play. My pulse goes jumpy. It’s a curious thrill in the oh-so-appropriate American theater, this combo of playwright and acting company, a hundred plus super-talented, hyper-expressive, hottie lunatics with scary-easy access to their emotions, dancing to the music of their own piper/playwright/co-artistic director, as they’ve done every few years since the late nineties.  Read More

April 5, 2012

A Lover’s Guide to American Playwrights: Harvey Fierstein

Harvery Fierstein accepting the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2008 New Dramatists Spring Luncheon

In a couple of weeks I’ll take my not-quite-five-year-old son to see his first Broadway musical: Newsies. This means that, among other things, I’ll be exposing him, before anything else, to a show whose book is written by a playwright, performer, and drag artist named Harvey Fierstein. I like the thought of that.  Read More

January 17, 2012

Todd London: In Search of the Artistic Home

The online journal has asked theater artists from around the country to talk about their personal search for an artistic home. New Dramatists Artistic Director Todd London kicks off this new series.  Read More

January 4, 2012

Artistic Director Todd London Talks New Plays With Hollins University

New Dramatists Artistic Director Todd London recently spoke at Hollins University about the sobering discussion presented in his book Outrageous Fortune: The Life and Times of the New American Play.  Read More

November 21, 2011

A Lover’s Guide to American Playwrights: Lisa D’Amour and Melissa James Gibson

Mid-career is that moment most playwrights find themselves at the edge of an abyss. The moment can last years, during which the excitable support our field bestows on emerging and early-career writers dries up and playwrights who have finally developed the chops to write their mature works often leave the theater for the rewards and empowerment of TV or the stability of teaching. Playwrights have been calling for help through this rough passage for some time.  Read More

October 18, 2011

Todd London at the TCG and Dramatists Guild Conferences

New Dramatists Artistic Director Todd London gave keynote speeches this past summer at both the Theatre Communications Group and Dramatists Guild of America national conferences. Videos of those addresses, plus a Q & A from the DGA conference, are available to view on our YouTube channel.  Read More


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