Todd Jonathan Fletcher
Through projects that combine the arts and the business of art, Todd Fletcher leads young people discover and realize their untapped potential while empowering them to more fully contribute to their communities and society at large.
With offices in Berlin and New York, Todd is the Executive and Artistic Director of PluralArts International, a non-profit organization he founded in 1995 to encourage greater mutual understanding among people of diverse experience through the performing, visual, and literary arts. In the United States, PluralArts, a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation, is a public charity. In Germany, PluralArts gGmbH is a gemeinnützige Gesellschaft mit beschränkter Haftung (a nonprofit corporation under German tax law.)
In 2009, Todd initiated the Middle East Theatre Project. Through the project, he brings together Israeli and Palestinian teenagers who, living in close quarters at the historic Hohenzollern Castle, put aside their differences and focus their energies on the common goal of creating and presenting an original musical inspired by their experiences.
In Berlin, Todd is particularly active in two of the city’s most difficult neighborhoods: Neukölln and Wedding. In these “social hotspots,” he has both established performing arts summer programs and created original musicals with the local children and teenagers. German President Horst Köhler attended the premiere of one of these musicals, The Streets of Wedding, and soon thereafter invited Todd and his cast to perform for a State Dinner at the Presidential Palace. Also in the audience at the premiere was the Minister of the Interior, Wolfgang Schäuble, who subsequently commissioned and funded a revival of the musical, sending it out on tour to several German cities as a “best practices” example of a successful integration project.
Other projects include a musical with immigrant children commissioned by the Bertelsmann Foundation and another such musical funded by the Körber Foundation, the United States tour of the Jeunesses Musicales World Orchestra, a musical farewell gala for the outgoing American Ambassador, workshops with managers from KPMG and DHL, a presentation at the 15th anniversary gala of the Berlin branch of the American Jewish Committee, April In Paris: a music festival and academic conference in Paris, several projects in cooperation with the Cultural Affairs division of the United States Embassy in Berlin, and a musical created with homeless and drug or alcohol addicted German youths.
Continuing a relationship that began 25 years ago, Todd is the Summer Programs Director for the Performing Arts at The American School in Switzerland, where he oversees a program involving over 700 children and teenagers in 30 performances each summer. Todd has also taught English literature and composition and coached football and track and field at Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts. He later served on the Board of Trustees of the school, his alma mater.
In addition to his work as a writer, composer, director, and teacher, Todd has worked as the Executive Assistant to 27-time Grammy Award winner Quincy Jones and at the Salzburg Festival and Paris Opera as a musical assistant to the director Peter Sellars.
After his graduation from Phillips Academy, Todd went on to study music and dramatic arts at Harvard University, graduating cum laude with highest honors in his field in 1991. He continued his musical education at the École Normale de Musique in Paris, where he studied conducting and composition.
Todd is an author, composer, lyricist, and producer who has created over 25 original musicals. He is also a conductor, orchestrator, and arranger, and plays the piano, trumpet, trombone, guitar, and violin. He has visited 40 countries; speaks fluent German, French, and Italian; and is conversant in Spanish and Turkish.