Gwydion Suilebhan is a DC-based playwright, transmedia artist, theatrical deviser, arts marketer, speaker, and arts advocate.
A founding member of The Welders and DC’s former representative to the Dramatists Guild, Gwydion is the author of Transmission, The Butcher, Reals, Abstract Nude, The Constellation, Let X, The Faithkiller, Cracked, and Anthem. His work has been commissioned, produced, developed, and read by Centerstage, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Gulfshore Playhouse, the National New Play Network, Forum Theatre, Theater J, Theater Alliance, Active Cultures, and the Source Theater Festival, among others. Gwydion has received two Individual Artist Fellowships from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, and in 2009 he was selected as a finalist for Outstanding Emerging Artist at the DC Mayor’s Arts Awards.
In addition to his work as a playwright, Gwydion serves as the Director of Brand and Marketing for Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company and as Project Director of the New Play Exchange for the National New Play Network. Recent and forthcoming speaking engagements include the TCG conference, the LMDA conference, the Dramatists Guild National Conference, CityWrights, the Association of Performing Arts Services Organizations, South by Southwest, the Dramatists Guild National Conference, TEDxMichiganAve, and TEDxWDC. His commentary appears on HowlRound, 2am Theatre, The Dramatist, Stage Directions, in the recently-published Routledge Companion to Dramaturgy, and at www.suilebhan.com. From 2012-2015, he served on the Board of Governors for theatreWashington.
As a brand and marketing consultant, Gwydion led large- and small-scale interactive initiatives for a variety of organizations, including the Peace Corps, the State Department, the National Academies, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the National Wildlife Federation, the Council on Foreign Relations, the Drug Policy Alliance, Zipcar, the Chronicle of Higher Education, XM Radio, Discovery Communications, US News & World Report, and NPR. His particular focus in the last few years of his consulting career was on serving the needs of artists and arts organizations. Recent clients include Ford’s Theatre, the National New Play Network, and the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, among others. His work has earned significant industry recognition, including two Webby Awards and nominations.
Gwydion earned his master’s degree in poetry from Johns Hopkins University and his bachelor’s degree in writing from Northwestern University. His print publications include two of his plays, Abstract Nude and Cracked (Original Works, 2013); Inner Harbor: Ten Poems; more than 75 articles on poetry, education, grammar, and cuisine; and the Foreword to The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Grammar and Style. A native of Baltimore, he currently lives in Silver Spring, MD with his wife and son.