Artistic and Executive Director of London’s New Diorama Theatre, David Byrne is a playwright and theatre director, whose first play won the Writers’ Guild and List Magazine Awards for Drama in 2014.
His latest productions, SECRET LIFE OF HUMANS and a new, radical adaptation of George Orwell’s DOWN AND OUT IN PARIS AND LONDON both played to sold out audiences at the Edinburgh Festival and in London, receiving four and five star reviews in the national press, and both transferring Off-Broadway. SECRET LIFE OF HUMANS has been published by Nick Hern Books.
David is also a comedy writer, developing both solo projects and joint scripts with writing partner, Richard Hurt. THE PARTY was optioned by BBC comedy, after winning their nationwide Laughing Stock contest and David has had several original pitches commissioned including RUTHLESS, a comedy set in the Royal Opera House and STITCHES, a series set on Saville Row. His most recent script BEING JULIAN, about Wiki-Leaks founder Julian Assange living in the Ecuadorian Embassey was performed at the Arcola Theatre and later optioned for television by Objective Productions, with Channel 4.
David is the recipient of several Peter Brook Awards, the Off-West End Award for Best Artistic Director, the Enfant Terribles Prize, and is one of The Stage’s 100 most influential people working in theatre.