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Ronan Noone

lecturer in theatre

Courses: Playwriting I

Ronan Noone emigrated from Ireland in 1994. His first play The Lepers of Baile Baiste was workshopped with Nobel Prize winner Derek Walcott at Boston Playwrights’ Theatre. Noone earned his Master’s in Playwrighting at Boston University and the play (a Nicholl’s semifinalist) went on to win the National Playwriting Award at the American College Theatre Festival. It was produced at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. It had its professional premiere in Boston with Sugan Theatre Company, where it became a critic’s pick by the Boston Globe and went on to win the Independent Reviewers of New England (IRNE) best play award. It played in Chicago, Los Angeles (at Celtic Arts Center), where it was an LA Times Critics Pick, and New York (Phil Bosakowski theatre), and was published by Samuel French. His second play The Blowin of Baile Gall opened at Boston Playwrights’ Theatre and had its off-Broadway debut (Gabriel Byrne, producer) at the Irish Arts Center in New York in 2005. The play had been previously nominated by the American Theatre Critics Association for the Steinberg New Play Award and won the Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding New Script; it was published by Dramatist’s Play Service. Noone was chosen by Boston Magazine as the Best Young Playwright for 2003, and in July of 2003 he was commissioned as a playwrighting fellow by the Huntington Theatre Company under the Stanford Calderwood Fund for New American Plays. Brendan (IRNE – Best New Play) had its world premiere at the Huntington Theatre in the Fall of 2007. His play The Atheist, starring Campbell Scott, played the Williamstown Theatre Festival 2008 and will be produced by The Culture Project and open at the Barrow Street Theatre in October 2008. Both are published by Dramatists Play Service. Alongside essays on Theatre – “Being Afraid to Breathe” (Princeton University Library Chronicle LXVIII) he has written numerous one-act plays. (Amereka, Sheeet, Enough, Here the Lonesome Robin Weep, and The Mutton Bandit Molloy). Most recently, Little Black Dress was produced at the Boston Playwrights’ Theatre. He has also adapted Brendan and Little Black Dress for the screen.