LUDovica villar-hauser - director
LUDOVICA VILLAR-HAUSER's directorial accomplishments include the world premiere of Mirrors by Azure D. Osborne-Lee at Next Door @ New York Theatre Workshop (closed prematurely due to COVID-19), the world premiere of Mêlisa Annis' Charlie's Waiting, the New York premiere of Otho Eskin’s Duet, the world premiere of Teresa Lotz’s She Calls Me Firefly, the Off-Broadway world premiere and West End premiere of Gregory Murphy’s The Countess (634 Off-Broadway performances), Philip Ridley’s Leaves of Glass, and Laura Pedersen’s For Heaven’s Sake!, among many other critically-acclaimed productions. Ludovica was the youngest woman ever to simultaneously produce and direct in London’s West End. In the New York theatre industry, she was also one of the few women to own and operate her own theatre for 17 years — The Greenwich Street Theatre. She served on the Board of the League of Professional Theatre Women from 2009-2018 and is currently the Producer of its Oral History Project at NYPL for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center.
Previous to her many credits in New York, at twenty-three, Ludovica was the youngest woman ever to simultaneously produce and direct in London’s West End. Her production of O’Neill’s Long Day’s Journey into Night transferred after its initial run to a larger West End venue.
In the New York theatre industry, Ludovica is one of the few women to have owned and operated her own theatre – The Greenwich Street Theatre – which she ran for seventeen years, during which time she developed more than thirty new plays and presented the work of hundreds of theatre artists.
Alongside her directorial career, Ludovica is Founder and Artistic Director of Parity Productions.
Ludovica is a recipient of NYWA's Galaxy Award, and has served on the Board of the League of Professional Theatre Women since 2009.
In line with her philosophy “of serving the New York theatrical community by giving back and contributing to its continued growth and excellence with new voices,” Ludovica is a visiting professor at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, where she has directed several Company productions.
Ludovica was born and raised in London. She has a combined degree in Spanish and Drama from London University and the Central School of Speech and Drama. Her father, a photographer, was a political exile from Franco’s Spain and her mother was Austrian. She speaks three languages, and lives in New York City with her husband, a playwright and novelist.