Little Lord is a Brooklyn-based company that produces vibrantly bawdy, irreverent, intelligent, queer, funny (and often musical) theater. Focusing on offbeat adaptations of classic or neglected texts, Little Lord plunders the theatrical canon in order to forge new plays from old parts. Originally formed in 2007 under the guidance of Target Margin Theater—a mainstay of the New York City experimental “downtown” community—Little Lord has since brought our signature homemade aesthetic to venues such as the Bushwick Starr, the Brick, Judson Church, HERE Arts Center, the OHIO Theater, the Chocolate Factory Theater, and Incubator Arts Project.

Little Lord makes smart, lively, extensively researched, unexpected performances that are accessible without being "easy." Bridging the gap between mainstream (narrative-driven) and formally challenging theater, Little Lord’s work has been praised as “thought-provoking,” “fearless in its weirdness,” and “scrappy creative brilliance.” Projects often incorporate texts that at their core hold some sort of shared cultural memory, often working within the realm of children’s literature, classic theatrical texts, and pop culture detritus. Little Lord’s work exists to make you think, to draw connections between things that you hadn’t thought to connect before, and to disorient you as you try to make sense of things you thought you already knew. Little Lord strives to build a place where audience members who come in thinking they’re not “theater people” can be surprised—and even transformed—by the possibilities of the form.

Michael Levinton (co-artistic director) is a producer, director, performer, and creator of original work for the theater. As the Founder of Little Lord, Michael serves as the director and primary adaptor of the company’s work. In addition to all Little Lord work, he has performed in David Greenspan’s Old Comedy at Classic Stage Company, and has produced and curated programs for Target Margin Theater, Clubbed Thumb, and Dixon Place. Originally from Baltimore (where he was trained as a ham on the dinner theater circuit), Michael attended Sarah Lawrence  College where he studied mythology, ritual, religion, and theater. 

Laura von Holt (co-artistic director) is a marginally famous writer and performer from Hawai’i. Besides her work with Little Lord, she is best known as her pinup and performance artist alter ego, von Hottie. Laura chronicles her adventures in training to be an aerial silks acrobat in her fitness challenge series, The Silk Road, on Laura is the sparkly half of aerial comedy duo, Flaming Mermaid Broken Star, which creates and performs "stunning feats of how-dare-they" on the regular.

Freddie/Leroy/Cedric (mascot) is Freddie Bartholomew, an actor who played Cedric Erroll, aka Little Lord Fauntleroy, in the 1936 film of the same name. The original name of the company was The Little Lord Fauntleroys, based on a nickname given to Michael Levinton in his youth because of his unfortunate luck of appearing numerous times in terrible family friendly holiday musicals in a pair of knee-high socks and yellow knickers. The name was shortened in 2010.