Young Vic, Artistic Director
David Lan is a playwright, theatre director and social anthropologist
Since 2000 he has been Artistic Director of the Young Vic where he has produced more than 150 shows and directed, amongst others, A Raisin in the Sun, Doctor Faustus, The Daughter-in-Law, The Skin of Our Teeth, Joe Turner’s Come and Gone and Blackta, as well as As You Like It in the West End. He led the campaign to rebuild the theatre, which reopened to acclaim in 2006. He was writer in residence at the Royal Court theatre 1995-97. In addition to many plays, libretti and TV films, he is the author of an anthropological study Guns and Rain: Guerrillas & Spirit Mediums in Zimbabwe. He chairs the Belarus Free Theatre and is co-director of World Stages. He is also Consulting Artistic Director of the soon to be built Performing Arts Centre at the World Trade Centre in New York. He has received the John Whiting Award, the George Orwell Award, an Olivier Award, an Honorary Doctorate from London South Bank University and a CBE.