LUDovica villar-hauser - director
Known for her skill and emotional insight as a director, Ludovica has directed a wide range of plays on diverse topics. Among them: the Off-Broadway premiere of Final Analysis by Otho Eskin at the The Signature Theatre; the premiere of Gregory Murphy’s The Countess which ran Off-Broadway for 634 performances and whose West End production she also directed; the Off-Broadway premiere of Leaves of Glass by English playwright Philip Ridley; As It Is In Heaven by Arlene Hutton at The Cherry Lane Theatre; Bold Girls by Rona Munro at the 29th Street Rep; and the New York premieres of A Dozen Perfect Moments, The Brightness of Heaven and Living Arrangements by Laura Pedersen. Recently, The Brightness of Heaven, retitled For Heaven's Sake! went on to play in Buffalo, NY and is organizing a tour in the near future.
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 four languages, and lives in New York City with her husband, a playwright and novelist.