Gwydion Suilebhan advocates for writers and for the art of writing—both locally and nationwide—in a variety of different ways.
He currently serves as the Executive Director of the PEN/Faulkner Foundation, a non-profit organization that celebrates literature and fosters connections between readers and writers of all ages to enrich and inspire both individuals and communities all across the country.
Suilebhan also serves as the Project Director of the New Play Exchange, the world’s largest digital library of scripts by living writers, for the National New Play Network. The NPX, as the platform is known, has been providing a transparent, egalitarian way for producers and writers to connect with each other since January of 2015. The NPX serves more than 900,000 users.
After serving as the Regional Representative to the Dramatists Guild for the city of Washington, DC for six years, Suilebhan was elected to the Dramatists Guild Council in 2017, serving a three-year term. He continues to serve as the co-chair (with Nikkole Salter) of the Guild’s Political Engagement Initiative, working to secure a more just future for dramatists everywhere.
Suilebhan’s advocacy work in his home city centers on an ongoing multi-year demographic analysis of the plays, playwrights, and directors that make up the DC theater ecosystem. In addition, Suilebhan co-founded The Welders, a Helen Hayes Award-winning DC-based playwrights collective designed to put writers in control of their own creative destinies.