A four-time Tony nominee, theater producer David Binder is interested in taking performances off the stage.

Why you should listen

David Binder produced the Tony-winning Broadway revival of A Raisin in the Sun, with Sean Combs, Phylicia Rashad and Audra McDonald, and the Broadway premiere of 33 Variations with Jane Fonda. However, he is equally well-known for his Off Broadway accomplishments, including producing the rowdy rock musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch and De la Guarda, a high-energy show with performers hanging from the venue ceiling and walls.

Binder has also staged events and festivals around the globe, including The High Line Festival (which was curated by David Bowie),The New Island Festival (ten days of Dutch-specific theater, dance and music in New York City) and IBM's 100th Anniversary: Short Ride in a Fast Machine (held at Lincoln Center).

PHOTO CREDITS for David's 2012 TED Talk:

Minto: Live – Sydney Festival
2011
3 Courtesy of Lone Twin
4 Courtesy of Lone Twin
5 Courtesy of Lone Twin
6 © Pekka Mäkinen
7 © Amrit MacIntyre
8 Courtesy of Lone Twin
9 © Pekka Mäkinen
10 © Pekka Mäkinen
11 © Pekka Mäkinen
12 © Pekka Mäkinen
13 © Pekka Mäkinen
14 © Pekka Mäkinen

The Mahabharata
16 © Image Entertainment

Einstein on the Beach
17 Spaceship © Lesley Leslie-Spinks 2012

De La Guarda
21 Courtesy of De La Guarda

Sleep No More
22 © Alick Crossley

100% – Rimini Protokoll
23 100% Berlin, © Barbara Braun, courtesy of Rimini Protokoll
24 100% Karlsruhe, © Jochen Klenk, courtesy of Rimini Protokoll
25 100% Köln, © Sandra Then, courtesy of Rimini Protokoll
26 100% Köln, © Sandra Then, courtesy of Rimini Protokoll
27 100% Köln, © Sandra Then, courtesy of Rimini Protokoll
28 100% Karlsruhe, © Jochen Klenk, courtesy of Rimini Protokoll
29 100% Köln, © Sandra Then, courtesy of Rimini Protokoll

Grown-Up School (Daily Life Series Part 4)
32 LIFT Brecknock Primary School, London 1999
Photograph: Andrew Whittuck
www.dailylifeltd.co.uk

Roam – a National Theatre of Scotland and Grid Iron production
33 Photo by Richard Campbell, courtesy of National Theatre of Scotland

Urban Dream Capsule
34 Photo courtesy of Bedno.com

Small Metal Objects, Back to Back Theatre
36 Photo by Berni Sweeney, courtesy of Back to Back Theatre
37 2009 Time-Based Art Festival. Photo: Carole Zoom, courtesy of Portland Institute for Contemporary Art
38 Photo by Jeff Busby, courtesy of Back to Back Theatre
39 Photo by Prudence Upton, courtesy of Back to Back Theatre
40 © Richard Termine

Royal de Luxe
42 © Carsten Siegel, berlinsidewalk.com
43 © Flickr user Mlle Jordan
44 © Carsten Siegel, berlinsidewalk.com
45 © Carsten Siegel, berlinsidewalk.com
46 Photo by Flickr user sw77, licensed by creative commons
47 The Sultan’s Elephant produced by Artichoke with funding by Arts Council England and the Mayor’s Office of London, photo by Matthew Andrews
48 The Sultan’s Elephant produced by Artichoke with funding by Arts Council England and the Mayor’s Office of London, photo by Matthew Andrews
49 © Carsten Siegel, berlinsidewalk.com
50 The Sultan’s Elephant produced by Artichoke with funding by Arts Council England and the Mayor’s Office of London, photo by Matthew Andrews
51 Photo by Flickr user sw77, licensed by creative commons
52 The Sultan’s Elephant produced by Artichoke with funding by Arts Council England and the Mayor’s Office of London, photo by Sophie Laslett
54 The Sultan’s Elephant produced by Artichoke with funding by Arts Council England and the Mayor’s Office of London, photo by Matthew Andrews
55 The Sultan’s Elephant produced by Artichoke with funding by Arts Council England and the Mayor’s Office of London, photo by Sophie Laslett
56 The Sultan’s Elephant produced by Artichoke with funding by Arts Council England and the Mayor’s Office of London, photo by Matthew Andrews
57 The Sultan’s Elephant produced by Artichoke with funding by Arts Council England and the Mayor’s Office of London, photo by Matthew Andrews
58 The Sultan’s Elephant produced by Artichoke with funding by Arts Council England and the Mayor’s Office of London, photo by Sophie Laslett

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“David Binder [is] one of the most successful guerrilla producers around. ” — Variety

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7 arts festivals that break the boundary between audience and performer

November 16, 2012

To anyone who thinks of arts festivals as a fun bit of window dressing, David Binder’s rejoinder is: look again, and look more closely. In this spirited talk, given at TEDUniversity, the accomplished theater producer (he was behind the New York City phenomenon De La Guarda, a dance performance staged over the audience’s head) describes […]

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Quotes from David Binder

[Twenty-first-century arts festivals] ask the audience to be a player, a protagonist, a partner, rather than a passive spectator.
David Binder
TEDGlobal 2012 • 606K views Nov 2012
Inspiring, Fascinating
[An arts festival] helps a city to express itself. … It lets it come into its own.
David Binder
TEDGlobal 2012 • 606K views Nov 2012
Inspiring, Fascinating