WASHINGTON, D.C.: The PEN/Faulkner Foundation has named Gwydion Suilebhan as its new executive director. Suilebhan, who is currently serving as the director of brand and marketing for Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, will be joining the PEN/Faulkner staff on January 15, 2019.
“Gwydion is an inspiring leader with an extensive track record of innovation,” said Tracy B. McGillivary, the president of PEN/Faulkner’s board of directors, in a statement. “He has devoted his entire career to advocating for writers of all ages, and his passion and curiosity are absolutely infectious. His deep understanding of the challenges facing writers in the 21st century, as well as his passion for answering those challenges, thrilled us.”
At Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, he works to connect the company’s edgy work with a increasingly diverse and modern audience. Suilebhan also serves as the project director of the New Play Exchange, helping writers and producers share and discover works. In addition to his work as an administrator, Suilebhan also writes for the stage and screen . He’s a member of the Dramatists Guild Council and a co-founder of the Welders playwrights collective. After earning his M.A. from the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins, he served as poetry editor for Barrelhouse magazine.
“To lead the PEN/Faulkner Foundation—an organization that’s deeply committed to the beautiful notion of writers both celebrating and educating other writers—is a profound and meaningful opportunity for me,” said Suilebhan in a statement. “I cannot wait to build on four decades of literary history, both national and local, and to ensure that the PEN/Faulkner mission stays relevant and vital.”