In a press statement, Mark Ball, artistic director of LIFT, commented, "We’re thrilled that David will be joining the LIFT team as Artistic Associate. David has a fantastic instinct for identifying ground-breaking international artists and an exceptional track record in producing extraordinary new projects and he’ll be an invaluable artistic colleague for us in the States. David is one of Broadway’s most exciting producers and his involvement in developing new projects with LIFT is indicative of our ambitions for the organisation and for international theatre in London."
Binder previously worked with LIFT this past summer to produce Deblozay by the French company Rara Woulib, which took audiences on a wild, immersive procession inspired by Haitian funeral marches through the backstreets of Greenwich and Deptford in South London.
Binder's other Broadway credits include Of Mice and Men (which has been filmed and is the first Broadway show that will be distributed internationally by NT Live), Mary Stuart and Frost/Nixon (both transferred from London's Donmar Warehouse), 33 Variations, Legally Blonde and the 2004 revival of A Raisin in the Sun. His other festival work includes The High Line Festival, curated by David Bowie, and the Dutch New Island Festival on New York’s Governors Island. He has produced De La Guarda (including an appearance as part of LIFT 97) around the world. His TED talk "The Arts Festival Revolution" has been seen by more than a half million people online and was chosen by The Guardian as one of the best talks on theatre on the web.
LIFT (London International Festival of Theatre) was established in 1981. In a press statement, Binder commented, "For over 30 years, LIFT has been defining and redefining international arts festivals. LIFT continually introduces new artists and forms to London, and shows the world how a festival can be a catalyst for broader social transformations. I’m thrilled to be joining the LIFT team."
For further details on LIFT, visit http://www.liftfestival.com/.