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The Monan Professorship in Theatre Arts

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The Program

The Rev. J. Donald Monan, S.J. Professorship in Theatre Arts is a new endowed professorship that brings nationally and internationally renowned theatre artists to work and teach at Boston College.

Established in 2007 by a generous gift to the university, this distinguished post is named in honor of University Chancellor and former Boston College President J. Donald Monan, S.J. The position also commemorates the late Trustee E. Paul Robsham, M.Ed. ’83, a major benefactor of the theater arts facility named for his son, the E. Paul Robsham Jr. Theater Arts Center.

The creation of this new Professorship celebrates in perpetuity the longstanding relationship between Father Monan, the Robsham family, and the Boston College Theatre department.

Sheri Wilner at desk

Current Monan Professor

The Monan Professor in Theatre Arts for the 2016-2017 academic year is playwright, Sheri Wilner.

Sheri, an award-winning playwright, is the author of more than 20 full-length and one-act plays. Her plays have been published in over a dozen anthologies, and have been performed at major regional and national theatres including the Old Globe, the Guthrie Theater, the Actors Theatre of Louisville, the Eugene O'Neill Playwrights’ Conference, the Williamstown Theatre Festival, and several seasons of the Boston Theatre Marathon at the Boston Playwrights’ Theatre.

During her residency, Wilner will teach two courses; Writing Wrongs: Writing the Issue-Based Play, and Contemporary Female Playwrights. The Department will also produce her play, Kingdom City, (March 22-26, 2017) directed by Associate Professor, Dr. John Houchin. The play, which premiered at the La Jolla Playhouse outside San Diego two years ago, follows a female theatre director’s struggle to produce a provocative play in a conservative, religious town in the mid-west (based on a real-life incident that occurred in Fulton, MO). The Los Angeles Times declared it a “potentially major new American play.”