Todd Kreidler

Todd Kreidler

Todd Kreidler worked with August Wilson on Broadway and in regional theaters across the country, developing the final three plays in Wilson’s famed American Century Cycle. Together they conceived How I Learned What I Learned, an autobiographical solo show that Wilson originally performed and Todd directed. Reimagined for an actor to perform, Todd directed the Off-Broadway premiere at Signature Theatre and subsequent productions at True Colors Theatre, Pittsburgh Public Theatre, Huntington Theatre and the Round House Theatre.

Todd also adapted the iconic film Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner into a widely produced stage play that has enjoyed several successful runs at regional theaters such as Arena Stage, Huntington Theatre, St. Louis Rep, Asolo Rep, Indiana Rep and Geva Theatre. Upcoming productions this spring include Cincinnati Shakespeare, the Court Theatre in Chicago and the Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis.

Currently, Todd is writing a musical with Nikki Sixx, based on Sixx’s music and best-selling memoir, The Heroin Diaries, directed by David Esbjornson.

On Broadway, Todd worked with director Kenny Leon and producers Eric Gold and Afeni Shakur to develop a musical fable based on the lyrics of Tupac Shakur entitled Holler If Ya Hear Me, starring Saul Williams and Christopher Jackson. Additionally on Broadway, Todd was the dramaturg on August Wilson’s Radio Golf and Gem Of The Ocean as well as Associate Director of the Tony Award winning revival of Fences starring Denzel Washington and Viola Davis. Todd has enjoyed numerous collaborations with Tony Award winning director Kenny Leon, including serving as Associate Artistic Director of August Wilson’s 20th Century Festival at the Kennedy Center where Todd directed Joe Turner’s Come And Gone. Todd also worked for five seasons as Associate Artistic Director of Leon’s True Colors Theatre Company in Atlanta where he directed plays and co-founded the August Wilson Monologue Competition–a national educational outreach program aimed at integrating August Wilson’s work into high school curriculum. Now in its 11th year, the AWMC serves students in 12 participating cities: Atlanta, Boston, Buffalo, Chicago, Dallas, Greensboro, Los Angeles, New Haven, New York, Pittsburgh, Portland and Seattle. Each city provides an array of year-round enrichment opportunities focused on Wilson’s work that lead up to a regional competition event. The finalists from each city then compete nationally over a weekend in New York City which includes attending shows and workshops led by renowned artists, culminating in an evening of students from around the country performing on the stage of the August Wilson Theatre on Broadway.

Todd currently lives in the Pittsburgh area where his wife, Erin Annarella, runs her yoga studio, The Yoga Folk, and they raise their 5-year-old son, Evan August.