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Todd London

Writer, Gatherer

Todd London is Co-Head of MFA Playwriting at The New School and Director of Theatre Relations at the Dramatists Guild. He was Executive Director/Professor at the University of Washington's School of Drama from 2014-2018, and for 18 seasons before that Artistic Director of New York's New Dramatists.  His many books include 15 Actors, 20 Years: Making Lives In and Out of the Theatre (Dutch Kills Press), An Ideal Theater: Founding Visions for a New American Art (TCG), The Importance of Staying Earnest: Writings from Inside the American Theatre (NoPassport); Outrageous Fortune: The Life and Times of the New American Play (Theatre Development Fund), The World’s Room, a novel (Steerforth Press), and forthcoming from Farrar, Straus, Giroux, This Is Not My Memoir, written with Andre Gregory. His column, “A Lover’s Guide to American Playwrights,” appears on howlround.com. Todd was the first recipient of Theatre Communications Group’s 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 past winner of the George Jean Nathan Award for Dramatic Criticism, in 2016 DePaul University's Schools of Theatre and Music presented him with an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree.

A Lover's Guide to American Playwrights
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A Lover's Guide to American Playwrights

Carlyle Brown

4 June 2018

Todd London celebrates playwright Carlyle Brown, who recently won the William Inge Theater Festival’s award for Distinguished Achievement in the American Theater.

A Lover's Guide to American Playwrights
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A Lover's Guide to American Playwrights

María Irene Fornés

10 April 2018

Todd London celebrates playwright María Irene Fornés.

A Lover's Guide to American Playwrights
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A Lover's Guide to American Playwrights

Lynn Nottage

23 April 2017

Todd London celebrates the work of Lynn Nottage.

A Lover's Guide to American Playwrights
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A Lover's Guide to American Playwrights

Sarah Ruhl

18 November 2016

Todd London’s ode to Sarah Ruhl, on the occasion of her winning the Harold and Mimi Steinberg Distinguished Playwright Award.

A Lover's Guide to American Playwrights
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A Lover's Guide to American Playwrights

Taylor Mac

5 October 2016

Todd London writes about playwright and performer Taylor Mac, and looks forward to A 24-Decade History of Popular Music.

A Lover's Guide to American Playwrights
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A Lover's Guide to American Playwrights

Edward Albee

17 September 2016

In this installation of A Lover's Guide to American Playwrights, Todd London salutes Edward Albee who passed away on September 16, 2016. This article was originally published on HowlRound February 27, 2011.

A Lover's Guide to American Playwrights
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A Lover's Guide to American Playwrights

Anne Washburn

8 May 2016

Todd London on playwright Anne Washburn on winning the Herb Alpert Award for Theatre.

The Servant Economy
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The Servant Economy

12 April 2016

The keynote address delivered by Todd London at the Association of Performing Arts Service Organization on April 6, 2016.

A Lover’s Guide to American Playwrights—I Married a Playwright
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A Lover’s Guide to American Playwrights—I Married a Playwright

Karen Hartman

4 February 2015

Todd London's latest addition to his column, A Lover’s Guide to American Playwrights, is about his own personal resident playwright—Karen Hartman—and the “wilderness of mid-career.”

A Short Personal History of a Beautiful, Slippery Phrase
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A Short Personal History of a Beautiful, Slippery Phrase

21 September 2014

The keynote address delivered by Todd London at the Mellon Playwright Residency Convening on September 7, 2014.

A Lover's Guide to American Playwrights
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A Lover's Guide to American Playwrights

Kia Corthron

10 September 2014

Todd London on playwright Kia Cothron on winning the Donald Windham-Sandy M. Campbell Literature Prize from Yale University.

I Don’t Want to Talk about Innovation
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I Don’t Want to Talk about Innovation

A Talk about Innovation

26 October 2013

A revised version of Todd London’s address delivered at the National Innovation Summit for Arts + Culture in Denver, October 21, 2013.

A Lover's Guide to American Playwrights
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A Lover's Guide to American Playwrights

Lucy Thurber

1 September 2013

Todd London on Obie Award winner and American playwright Lucy Thurber.

What Price Idealism, or Who You Gonna Dance With?
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What Price Idealism, or Who You Gonna Dance With?

15 May 2013

Todd London shares why prioritizing the ideals of theatre companies—particularly not-for-profit theatre—is essential. 

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

27 March 2013

Todd London's keynote address at the NoPassport Conference in New York City, March 1st 2013.

A Lover's Guide to American Playwrights
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A Lover's Guide to American Playwrights

Stephen Adly Guirgis

6 December 2012

Todd London on playwright Stephen Adly Guirgis.

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A Lover's Guide to American Playwrights

Eisa Davis

7 July 2012

Todd London on playwright, actress, singer-songwriter, ethnographer, and sometime-arts journalist Eisa Davis

Can a Solo Performer Act Alone?
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Can a Solo Performer Act Alone?

15 April 2012

Todd Lincon reflects on the aftermath of the Mike Daisey scandal involving his one man showThe Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs, and the resulting scandal. 

A Lover's Guide to American Playwrights
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A Lover's Guide to American Playwrights

Harvey Fierstein

5 April 2012

Todd London's series of playwright tributes continues with Harvey Fierstein.

In Search of the Artistic Home
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In Search of the Artistic Home

13 January 2012

Kicking off our new series, Jamie Gahlon speaks with Todd London about what an artistic home means to him.

A Lover's Guide to American Playwrights
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A Lover's Guide to American Playwrights

Lisa D'Amour & Melissa James Gibson

21 November 2011
A Lover’s Guide to American Playwrights
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A Lover’s Guide to American Playwrights

August Wilson

7 August 2011
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A Lover's Guide to American Playwrights

Julie Taymor

15 May 2011

Todd London celebrates the vast scope of Julie Taymor's body of work which draws on influences from all over the world.

Edward Albee headshot.
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A Lover's Guide to American Playwrights

Edward Albee

28 February 2011

In this installation of A Lover's Guide to American Playwrights, Todd London salutes Edward Albee. 

A Lover's Guide to American Playwrights
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A Lover's Guide to American Playwrights

Horton Foote

23 January 2011

Todd London celebrates Horton Foote's body of work and the impact of memories on both his plays and his life.