David Hudson Named Executive Director of The New Harmony Project

The New Harmony Project, which has been faithfully serving writers for more than three decades, announces that David Hudson will join the organization as its executive director beginning October 1, 2017.

Hudson will assume leadership of the organization following ten years of dedicated involvement with The Project in various capacities. He comes to NHP following a successful tenure in NYC as a producer and director, most recently as the co-creator and director of the New York Times Critic’s Pick Drunk Shakespeare. He has also served as executive producer of the Tony and Olivier Award-winning Just for Laughs Theatricals, and general manager and executive producer of Three Day Hangover’s recent off-Broadway adaptation of Uncle Vanya.

Jane Herndon, chair of the Board of Directors, says, “The Board is thrilled to have David join The New Harmony Project as its next executive director. We look forward to his inspirational vision to help us grow the organization’s reach in Indiana and across the nation as we support writers who make a difference.”

“I’m honored to have the opportunity to lead The New Harmony Project, an organization that I have cared deeply about for many years,” says Hudson of his appointment. “The vital developmental work, passionate advocacy for writers, and the commitment to stories that sensitively and truthfully explore the positive aspects of the human spirit are endeavors that I wholeheartedly support. I am beyond thrilled to partner with the Board of Directors and staff to lead The New Harmony Project to another 31 years of excellence.”

David Hudson is a producer, director, administrator and former actor who has dedicated his professional life to exciting, engaging, and entertaining theater. He is the co-founder and executive producer of Three Day Hangover, a New York City based theater-company that reimagines classic stories for a contemporary audience. In concert with his fellow co-founders, he grew the small theater company with a unique perspective into an established, critically acclaimed organization. David is also the co-creator and director of the NY Times Critic’s Pick Drunk Shakespeare, which has been running off-Broadway for over three years. He has been featured in the New York TimesWall Street JournalNew YorkerSlateNew York Post and more.

He previously served as the executive producer of Just for Laughs Theatricals, a Tony and Olivier Award-winning commercial theater production company. Prior to discovering a love for the business side of theater, he performed in theaters across the country and helped develop numerous scripts with The New Harmony Project. David holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Evansville and a master’s degree from the University of California, Irvine.

ABOUT THE NEW HARMONY PROJECT

In April of 1986, a group of theater, film, and television professionals gathered in Indianapolis to explore the trend in the entertainment arts toward exploitative and sensational material. They concluded there was a need to engage and support writers whose work sought a goal beyond mere entertainment, work that sought to empower and uplift. It was out of this meeting that The New Harmony Project was created. For 31 years, The Project has inspired a community of artists dedicated to this mission, motivated by a desire to support stories of hope, optimism, and the resiliency of the human spirit.

The New Harmony Project boasts an impressive roster of past participants including Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning Robert Schenkkan (All the Way, The Kentucky Cycle), Theresa Rebeck (NBC’s Smash, Seminar), Lee Blessing (Tony and Pulitzer Prize nominee, A Walk in the Woods), Steven Dietz (Lonely Planet), Anna Ziegler (Photograph 51, Actually), John Pielmeier (The Exorcist, Agnes of God), James Still (Four Time Pulitzer Prize Nominee, The Velocity of Gary), Meredith Stiehm (Emmy Winner, Homeland, Cold Case), Danny Strong (Two Time Emmy Winner, Empire, Lee Daniels’ The Butler), Ngozi Anyanwu (The Homecoming Queen), Dan O’Brien (The Body of an American), George Brant (Grounded, Marie and Rosetta), Idris Goodwin (How We Got On, The Way The Mountain Moved), Regina Taylor (Drowning Crow, Crowns), Jim Leonard (Major Crimes, Dexter), Mark St. Germain (Freud’s Last Session, The Cosby Show), Angelo Pizzo (Rudy, Hoosiers), Matt Williams (Five Time Emmy Nominee, Home Improvement, Roseanne), David McFadzean (Three Time Emmy Nominee, Home Improvement, Roseanne), and numerous others.

The New Harmony Project is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. For information on how to support this unique and worthwhile organization, please visit newharmonyproject.org, or follow us on social media.

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