David Binder is a Tony Award winning producer committed to creating extraordinary live experiences. David has produced festivals, shows on Broadway, Off-Broadway and internationally, and world class events.
In Spring 2014, David produced three shows, Hedwig and the Angry Inch and Of Mice and Men on Broadway and Deblozay in London.
Hedwig and the Angry Inch, starring Neil Patrick Harris, has been breaking box office records at the Belasco Theatre. The production won four Tony Awards including Best Revival of a Musical, Actor/Neil Patrick Harris, Supporting Actress/Lena Hall and Lighting Design/ Kevin Adams. It also received Tony nominations for set, costume and sound design, and direction. David produced the original production of Hedwig in 1997 at the Westbeth Theatre in the Village.
Of Mice and Men starring James Franco, Chris O’Dowd and Leighton Meester has also been breaking box office records at its theatre, the Longacre. The National Theatre of Great Britain chose this production as the first Broadway show to be filmed and distributed internationally by NT Live. Of Mice and Men was nominated for two Tony Awards, including one for Best Actor, Chris O’Dowd.
Lastly this Spring, in collaboration with LIFT (London International Festival of Theatre) and GDIF (Greenwich Docklands International Festival), David produced the French company Rara Woulib’s Deblozay in the streets of London. The show, a promenade piece inspired by Haitian funeral marches, was presented in Greenwich, with all tickets free of charge.
In 2007, David mounted The High Line Festival, curated by David Bowie, which featured performances by Arcade Fire, Laurie Anderson, Meow, Meow, and, in his American stand-up comedy debut, Ricky Gervais. The festival raised money and awareness for New York’s newest public space, The High Line. Two years later, David produced The New Island Festival, ten days of Dutch site-specific theater, dance, music and visual art on New York’s Governors Island. The festival was a major success, welcoming 50,000 people, an attendance record for the island.
Other credits include the Tony Award winning Broadway revival of Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun, starring Sean Combs, Audra McDonald, and Phylicia Rashad, which was widely recognized for attracting a hugely diverse audience to Broadway. More recently, David produced the Broadway premiere of Moisés Kaufman’s 33 Variations, which marked Jane Fonda’s return to the stage after a 45-year absence. In collaboration with Center Theatre Group, David subsequently reunited Fonda and the New York cast for performances in Los Angeles.
David has 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 and Jane Krakowski, in the West End. At the Sydney Opera House, David produced This Is Our Youth with Michael Cera and Kieran Culkin.
Off Broadway, David produced De La Guarda, where a group of flying Argentines literally lifted a young, international crowd off its feet for more than six years. David also produced that show in London and Las Vegas. He went on to produce the Argentines’ follow up, Fuerza Bruta, which ran in New York for five years. With Lisa Kron’s Obie Award winning 2.5 Minute Ride and Danny Hoch’s Taking Over, David has showed his support for new writing that is polemical, political and hilarious.
David has produced numerous events around the world. Credits include IBM's 100th Anniversary: Short Ride in a Fast Machine at Lincoln Center with Steve Martin, Jessye Norman, Joshua Bell, Morgan Freeman and Patti LaBelle, and The Public Sings: A 50th Anniversary Celebration for the Public Theater with Meryl Streep, Ben Stiller, Natalie Portman and Mike Nichols. His Broadway reading of The Normal Heart, which featured Barbra Streisand, was recorded and later released by Simon and Schuster Audio. To commemorate World AIDS Day in 2009 and 2010, the United Nations and Broadway Cares enlisted David to create an event where major landmarks across New York City extinguished their lights. An event to mark the occasion was held both years in Washington Square Park with guests including U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Naomi Watts, Susan Sarandon, Kenneth Cole, and Liza Minnelli.
David has spoken about festivals, audience development and creativity at gatherings across Europe and America, both in academic and corporate contexts. His TED Talk on “The Arts Festival Revolution” has been viewed by more than half a million people online and was chosen by The Guardian as one of the best talks on theatre on the web.
Princeton University recently awarded him the Anschutz Distinguished Teaching Fellowship in American Studies. For the last six years, David was on the faculty of the Yale School of Drama.
In addition to the Tony Award for Hedwig, David 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.