Todd Conner

Todd Conner most recently completed requirements for his M.A. in Creative Writing at Wilkes University in 2019. He began his professional career at the Flat Rock Playhouse, State Theatre of North Carolina in a thorough and wide-ranging apprenticeship, later receiving his seminal training as a stage director at The Directors Company in New York.

He is a recipient of the Hendrix-Murphy Playwriting Award for his play The Grendelmas, first produced and directed at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, subsequently directed at Hendrix College. His adaptation and direction of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe set box office records at the Dallas Theatre Center. Also in Dallas, he was Artistic Director of The Playwrights Project, proctoring the work of dozens of North Texas playwrights.

His solo adapatation, translation and performance of Ovid’s Metamorphoses is considered his signature work, premiering it in Beverly Hills, CA in 2000.  As an actor, he has performed in well over 80 stage productions, receiving an LA Weekly Award along the way, and has worked under the direction of such historical figures as Maria Ley-Piscator and Charles Marowitz.

In the world of film, he had a starring role along with Ian Bannen in his first feature, Witch Story, directed by Alessandro Capone. He scripted and starred in, One Two Three…, which was an official selection at the Hollywood Film Festival and Showtime’s Latino Short Filmmakers Showcase. He is working toward production of his first feature length screenplay. He is a member of SAG-AFTRA and a proud member of the Players Club in New York City, and an alumnus of Hendrix College.

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  • A Pastor’s Tale – The True Story of Silent Night

    by Todd Conner
    • 15 minutes
    • 1 - 5F; 2-7M; Max 7; Min 7

    Comedy, Simple Props, Teens

    A one-act Christmas comedy – a play with live music for young actors, telling the story of how the Christmas song “Silent Night” came to be written. Set in Oberndorf, Austria in 1818, the play is staged with live guitar in a Readers Theatre format. Memorized historical vignettes are combined with a straight-forward Christmas reading. But it soon goes “off-book” as student readers question the truth of the text they’re reading, and they end up squabbling on stage among themselves. Just when their performance seems doomed, Josef Mohr remembers a short poem he had been writing—Silent Night.

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