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Rosary Hartel O'Neill

Author of Marilyn/God

And 20 Other Plays

About the Author

Rosary Hartel O'Neill is the author of 21 plays, most published bySamuel French, Inc. Many have been produced internationally by invitationof the American embassies in Paris, Bonn, Tibilisi, Georgia, Budapest, Hungary,London, and Moscow. In 2010 she won fellowships to the NormanMailer Institute for her play Marilyn/God and two others to the HamnerTheatre (formerly the Shenandoah Playwrights Festival) for her James Dean and the Devil. Her play Uncle Victor won a signing at the ConsulateGeneral of the Federal Republic in Germany in New York in 2011.

Before moving to New York, Ms. O’Neill, who grew up in New Orleans, taught drama at Loyola University of the South and founded Southern Repertory Theater. She was artistic director at the theatre from 1987 to 2002. Marilyn/God was presented by Southern Rep in New Orleans in January, 2012 in concert with a fundraising event for the theatre honoring Ms. O’Neill.

She has been playwright-in-residence at the Sorbonne University, Paris; Tulane University, New Orleans; Defiance College, Ohio, and the University of Bonn, Germany, and Visiting Scholar at Cornell. Her play Beckett at Greystones Bay was a finalist in the Pen & Brush International Play competition, 2010. She has been accepted for the Residency Program at Sanskriti Kendra, India for 2012. Other honors include a fellowship to the Norman Mailer Writer’s Center in 2011, a residency to the Tyrone Guthrie Center in Ireland and several fellowships to the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (VCCA ). She also has had playwrighting Fellowships to Au Villar, France and Wiepersdorf, Germany, and two fellowships to the Playwriting Center at the University of the South at Sewanee, TN. Her acting text, The Actor’s Checklist, is used worldwide and is in its fourth edition with Wadsworth Publishers. She was chosen outstanding artist in Paris and awarded a Fulbright to Paris for her play Wishing Aces. She was awarded a Senior Fulbright research specialist in drama grant to Europe, 2001-2006, and received first invitations to the Conservatoire Nationale du Drame (leading acting-training center in Paris) and the Conservatoire Nationale de la Danse (leading dance-training center outside Paris). Recent professional achievements include: (by invitation only) membership in the Actors Studio Playwrights Unit, fellowships to Columbia University Harlem Writers Project, and scholarship awards to HB Studios Playwrights Workshop, NYC . Her plays have been featured in the Reading Series of the Abingdon Theatre, and the Rattlesticks Playwrights Theater, New York. Currently, She is playwright-in-residence at the National Arts Club, where much of her recent work has been developed.  Ms. O’Neill has been a finalist for the Faulkner Society’s gold medal
for best novel on several occasions.

Faulkner Society events are made possible in part by important support from The Arts Council of New Orleans, the City of New Orleans, and the Decentralized Arts Funding Program of The Louisiana Division of the Arts; the J. J. and Dr. Donald Dooley Fund and administrator, Samuel L. Steele, III; Bertie Deming Smith and the Deming Foundation; the Hearst Corporation and Debra Shriver, Vice President; the Law Firm of Deutsch, Kerrigan & Stiles; the English Speaking Union; Rosemary James, Joseph DeSalvo and Faulkner House, Inc; Randy Fertel and The Ruth U. Fertel Foundation; Arthur & Mary Davis, Quint Davis, and Pam Friedler; Alexa Georges; the Louisiana State Museum; Elizabeth McKinley; Hotel Monteleone; Mr. & Mrs. Hartwig Moss, III; Theodosia M. Nolan, Tia and James Roddy, and Peter Tattersall; Parkside Foundation; Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre; Anne and Ron Pincus; Other Press, a Division of Random House; E. Quinn Peeper and Michael Harold; Spring: A Journal of Archetype and Culture: Nancy Cater, Editor; the State Library of Louisiana; Judith "Jude" Swenson in memory of her late husband, James Swenson.


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