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David Binder

Lecturer in Theater in the Lewis Center for the Arts. Anschutz Distinguished Fellow in American Studies

David Binder has produced Broadway, Off-Broadway, festivals and spectacular events.  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 Moises Kaufman’s33 Variations, which marked Jane Fonda’s return to the stage after a 45 year absence. In collaboration with CTG, David subsequently reunited Fonda and the New York cast for performances in Los Angeles. He has produced five shows with the Donmar Warehouse, includingFrost/Nixon and Mary Stuart on Broadway, Lobby HeroVoyage Around My Father with Derek Jacobi, and Guys and Dolls with Ewan McGregor and Jane Krakowski, in the West End.

Off Broadway, at De La Guarda, a group of flying Argentines literally lifted a young, international crowd off its feet for more than six years. David produced the Argentines’ follow up, Fuerza Bruta, which is now in its fifth year of performances. He is the original producer of John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask’s rowdy, loud and ultimately sweet rock ‘n’ roll musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch. 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. In 2007, David mounted The High Line Festival, curated by David Bowie, which featured performances by Arcade Fire, Air, Laurie Anderson, Meow, Meow, The Polyphonic Spree 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. More recently, he produced The New Island Festival, ten days of Dutch site-specific theater, dance, music and visual art on New York’s Governors Island.

David has produced numerous events around the globe. 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 Binder Productions 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 is a four time Tony nominee. He has been honored by Performance Space 122 and is the recipient of the Robert Whitehead Award for Outstanding Achievement in Commercial Theatrical Producing. He is a frequent public speaker and is on the faculty of the Yale School of Drama. Princeton University recently awarded him the Anshutz Distinguished Teaching Fellowship in American Studies for the 2012-13 academic year.

Campus Address

Lewis Center for the Arts
185 Nassau Street


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