Lonergan in Vienna, 2016
October 16, 1962 |
The Bronx, New York City, New York
|Occupation||Playwright, screenwriter, director|
|Alma mater||Wesleyan University
New York University (NYU)
|Notable works||You Can Count on Me (2000)
Gangs of New York (2002)
Manchester by the Sea (2016)
|Notable awards||NSFC – Best Screenplay
NYFCC – Best Screenplay
2000 You Can Count on Me
|Spouse||J. Smith-Cameron (2000—present)|
Kenneth Lonergan (born October 16, 1962) is an American playwright, screenwriter, and director.
Background and education
Lonergan was born in the Bronx, New York City, New York, to a psychiatrist mother and doctor father. His mother is Jewish and his father was of Irish descent. Lonergan began writing in high school at the Walden School (a now defunct, highly progressive private school in Manhattan with a strong drama program).
His first play, The Rennings Children, was chosen for the Stephen Sondheim-founded Young Playwrights Inc. Young Playwright's Festival in 1982 while he was still an undergraduate. Lonergan matriculated to Wesleyan University where he trained as a playwright and director; he would go on to graduate at the NYU Playwriting Program.
Government and commercial work
After graduating from NYU, Lonergan worked as a speechwriter for the Environmental Protection Agency. He also wrote industrial shows—long-play commercials—for clients such as Weight Watchers and Fujifilm.
Lonergan's first theatrical success came with the play This is Our Youth (1996); it was followed by The Waverly Gallery (1999), based on his grandmother's Greenwich Village gallery, and later Lobby Hero (2002). His play The Starry Messenger premiered Off-Broadway in 2009 and starred his wife J. Smith-Cameron and Matthew Broderick.
Lonergan directed his own screenplay for You Can Count on Me (2000); the film, which was executive produced by Martin Scorsese, went on to be nominated for and receive numerous writing awards. He contributed to the screenplay for Gangs of New York (2002). In 2005, filming took place for his second film as writer/director, Margaret, starring Anna Paquin, Matt Damon, Matthew Broderick, and J. Smith-Cameron. The film spent over five years in post-production, with Lonergan, the producers and various editors unable to agree on its final cut, resulting in multiple legal disputes. It was finally released in 2011. Margaret ranked 31st in a 2016 BBC poll of the 21st century's greatest films.
|1982||The Rennings Children||One-act|
|1993||Betrayal by Everyone||One-act; would become This is Our Youth|
|1996||This Is Our Youth||Nominated – Drama Desk Award for Best Play|
|2000||The Waverley Gallery||Nominated – Pulitzer Prize for Drama|
|2001||Lobby Hero||Nominated – Drama Desk Award for Best Play
Nominated – Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Play and John Gassner Playwrighting Award
Nominated – Olivier Award for Best Play
|2004||True to You||One-act premiered at TriBeCa Theater Festival|
|2009||The Starry Messenger|
|2016||Hold On to Me Darling|
Film and television
- Brody, Richard (March 15, 2012). "Kenneth Lonergan". The New Yorker.
- "The Cinematic Traumas of Kenneth Lonergan". The New Yorker. Retrieved 2017-01-01.
- Historical Dictionary of Contemporary American Theater, 1930-2010 - James Fisher - Google Books. Books.google.com. Retrieved May 18, 2012.
- Stephen Farber, "A Playwright in Pottsylvania," The Los Angeles Times, July 2, 2000.
- Hernandez, Ernio. Cameron, Culkin, Hadary and More Will Join Cast of Starry Messenger' " playbill.com (webcache.googleusercontent.com), September 18, 2009
- "Kenneth Lonergan Awards" The New York Times
- "The 21st Century's 100 greatest films". BBC. August 23, 2016. Retrieved December 10, 2016.
- Lewis, Andy (November 24, 2016). "How Matt Damon's Almost-Directorial Debut 'Manchester by the Sea' Became Another Helmer's Comeback". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved December 10, 2016.
- Vellela, Tony (October 5, 2001). "J. Smith-Cameron's role-changing, name-changing career". Christian Science Monitor. ISSN 0882-7729. Retrieved December 10, 2016.
- "What's Up, J. Smith-Cameron? The Starry Star on Life, Art and Why She Loves Ben Brantley". Broadway.com. Retrieved December 10, 2016.