David Lan is a South African-born British playwright, filmmaker, theatre director and social anthropologist.

 As a writer, he has worked with a wide range of directors including Max Stafford-Clark, Katie  Mitchell, Stephen  Pimlott, Trevor Nunn, Nicholas Wright, Stuart Laing, Andrei Serban, Simona  Gonella,  Nicholas  Hytner, Howard  Davies, Stephen Daldry.

 As a director, his work has included Pericles (RNT Studio), The Glass Menagerie (Watford) and 'Tis  Pity  She's a      Whore (Young Vic).

 He was appointed artistic director of the Young Vic in 2000 where he has established the Genesis Directors Project,  the Jerwood Directors Award and the Young Vic Award.

 He won an Olivier Award for the 2004 Young Vic season, and led the £12.5 million rebuild of the Young Vic theatre  and the two year Walkabout season while the theatre was closed

 Since 2013 he has worked as Consulting Artistic Director of the soon to be built Performing Arts Center at the World  Trade Center in New York.