Ludovica Villar-Hauser


LUDOVICA VILLAR-HAUSER produced and directed Eugene ONeillLong Day’s Journey into Night in Londons West End in 1984. Later that same year she directed three productions at The Edinburgh Festival. In 1985, she moved to New York and purchased The Greenwich Street Theatre, where she served as its Artistic Director for 17 years.  

In 1999, she produced and directed the premiere of Gregory Murphy's The Countess, which ran Off-Broadway for 634 performances. Ms. Villar-Hauser also directed the 2005 West End production of The Countess. In 2001, she and her brother Victor Villar-Hauser co-produced the critically-acclaimed production of Joe Penhall's Some Voices.  In 2003, Ms. Villar-Hauser produced, in association with Stiff Upper Lip, The Pitchfork Disney by Philip Ridley and directed the Off-Broadway production of Rona Munro's Bold Girls at the 29th St. Rep. Ms. Villar-Hauser directed the Off-Broadway premiere of Duet by Otho Eskin, a new play about Sarah Bernhardt and Eleonora Duse. 

Most recently, Ludovica has directed the North American premiere of Leaves of Glass by British playwright Philip Ridley starring Euan Morton (Tony nominated for his portrayal of Boy George in Taboo) and Xanthe Elbrick (Tony nominated for her work in Coram Boy).; A Short Wake by Derek Murphy (part of Origin’s First Irish Festival); I Stood With My Satchel by Leah Kornfeld Friedman (part of The League of Professional Theatre Women’s New Play Festival at The Cherry Lane Theatre); Enchanted April by Mathew Barber at The American Academy of Dramatic Arts.

Ms. Villar-Hauser is on the Executive Board of The League of Professional Theatre Women as well as Chair of its International Committee. 14 months ago she set up Works by Women, ( a group dedicated to seeing plays written, directed and/or designed by women theatre artists – an initiative towards 50/50 in 2020. 

She is also a member of The Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers and Equity (UK).

Currently Ms. Villar-Hauser is working on several new plays as director/dramaturg,  Household Words by Gregory Murphy and Duet by Otho Eskin.  Ms. Villar-Hauser is also working on a pilot for a television series about women in the performing arts called Works by Women

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