Todd London is Executive Director of the University of Washington's School of Drama, where he holds the newly established Floyd U. Jones Family Endowed Chair in Drama. He came to Seattle in 2014 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 worked closely with more than a hundred and fifty of America’s leading playwrights and advocated nationally and internationally for hundreds more. An essayist, novelist, arts journalist, and theatre historian, Todd has written, edited, or contributed to more than fifteen books and has several on the way. 2013 saw the publication of 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. Upcoming projects include: If You See Him, Let Me Know, a novel; 15 Actors, 20 Years (Dutch Kills Press, spring 2016); and Andre Gregory Tells You a Story, co-authored with Andre Gregory (Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 2019).
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.
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, Serbia, and Romania. Professor London has taught at 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.