An essayist, novelist, arts journalist, and theatre historian, Todd London has written, edited, or contributed to more than twenty books and has several on the way. Recent books include, 15 Actors, 20 Years (Dutch Kills Press); 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. Forthcoming publications include: If You See Him, Let Me Know, a novel (Austin Macauley, 2019); This Is Not a Memoir, co-authored with Andre Gregory (Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 2020); and The Company We Keep: Selected Writings of Zelda Fichhandler (Editor, Theatre Communications Group).
Todd London is the Co-Head of the MFA Playwriting Program at the New School for Social Research and the Director of Theatre Relations for the Dramatists Guild of America. From 2014-18 he was the Executive Director of the University of Washington's School of Drama, where he held the Floyd U. Jones Family Endowed Chair in Drama. Before that he spent 18 seasons as Artistic Director of New York's New Dramatists, the nation's oldest laboratory theatre for playwrights, where he created programs for and worked closely with more than a hundred and fifty of America’s leading playwrights and advocated nationally and internationally for hundreds more.
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. Before leaving New York City in 2014, he was given a special award, created for him, by the council of the Dramatists Guild. That same summer, he was named "Miss Lilly" at the Lilly Awards, honoring the contributions of women theatre artists. In 2016 he received an Honorary Doctorate from the DePaul University schools of theatre and music.
A frequent speaker at conferences and artistic gatherings across the U.S. and around the world, Todd's essays and articles have been translated for publication in Russia, North and South Africa, Scandinavia, Iran, Serbia, and Romania. Professor London has taught at The New School, UW, Harvard, New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and from 2006-14 at the Yale School of Drama.
Todd is the founder and director of The Third Bohemia, a traveling site for interdisciplinary artistic retreats. 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.