Bio

David Binder is a Tony Award-winning producer whose credits include Broadway, off-Broadway, and festivals.  He is the Guest Artistic Director of LIFT, the London International Festival of Theatre, which will take place in June and feature artists from around the world including Back to Back, Anu, Taylor Mac, and Duke Riley’s Fly by Night.

In New York, Binder produced the High Line Festival, curated by David Bowie.  The festival featured performances by Arcade Fire, Laurie Anderson, Meow Meow, and, in his American stand-up comedy debut, Ricky Gervais.  He also produced the Dutch New Island Festival on New York’s Governors Island, 10 days of site-specific performance, music, theater, and dance from the Netherlands including artists such as Anouk van Dijk, Armin van Buuren, and Ivo van Hove.

On Broadway, Binder produced Hedwig and the Angry Inch, which won four Tony Awards including Best Revival.  Last summer, Hedwig wrapped up a US national tour at the Kennedy Center.  He is the original producer of Hedwig, having mounted the original production in 1997.  Binder produced the record-breaking production of John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men, starring James Franco and Chris O’Dowd, which was the first Broadway show to be filmed by NT Live.  His Tony Award-winning revival of A Raisin in the Sun starring Sean Combs, Phylicia Rashad, and Audra McDonald has been widely recognized for its lasting impact on who comes to Broadway.  Other credits include Moisés Kaufman’s 33 Variations starring Jane Fonda on Broadway and subsequently in Los Angeles with Center Theatre Group; De La Guarda; and Fuerza Bruta.

At the Sydney Opera House, Binder produced This Is Our Youth with Michael Cera and Kieran Culkin.  He has co-produced five shows with the Donmar Warehouse, including Frost/Nixon and Mary Stuart on Broadway, and Lobby Hero, Voyage Around My Father with Derek Jacobi, and Guys and Dolls with Ewan McGregor in the West End.

In addition to the Tony Award for Hedwig, Binder has received four Tony nominations, an Emmy nomination, and a Golden Globe nomination.  He has been honored by Performance Space 122 and is the recipient of the Robert Whitehead Award for Outstanding Achievement in Commercial Theatrical Producing.

Binder is originally from Los Angeles, and graduated from UC Berkeley.  He has been a teaching fellow at Princeton University and was on the faculty at the Yale School of Drama for six years.  He has spoken about festivals, audience development, and creativity at gatherings across Europe and the US. David Binder’s TED talk, “The Arts Festival Revolution,” has been seen online by more than a half million people and was chosen by The Guardian as one of the best talks about theater on the web.