(b. Budapest, Hungary, 8 June 1918) Theatre critic and educator. His career began with BBC Radio in 1940, and he served as head of the radio drama department from 1963 to 1976, championing new and continental plays. Recognized internationally as a professor of theatre (at Florida State University and Stanford University, California), Esslin has been a member as well as chairman of the Arts Council of Great Britain's drama panel. An accomplished author, he has written numerous scholarly books on contemporary theatre, including Brecht: A Choice of Evils (1959), The Theatre of the Absurd (1962, helping to coin the phrase), and Artaud (1976).
From The Continuum Companion to Twentieth Century Theatre in Oxford Reference.