David Lan 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.