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. His mother is Jewish and his father is 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 Waverley 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, 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.
|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
|1994||Doug||Yes||Episode: "Doug Throws a Party"|
|1999||Analyze This||Yes||Screenplay and story|
|2000||You Can Count On Me||Yes||Yes||Co-starring role as Father Ron
AFI Award for Best Film
AFI Award for Best New Writer
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Screenplay
National Board of Review Top Ten Films of 2001
Sundance Grand Jury Prize for Drama
Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award
Writers Guild of America Award for Best Screenplay
Nominated – Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay
Nominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Screenplay
|The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle||Yes|
|2002||Analyze That||Yes||Screenplay and characters|
|Gangs of New York||Yes||Nominated – Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay
Nominated – Writers Guild of America Award for Best Original Screenplay
|2016||Manchester by the Sea||Yes||Yes|
- Brody, Richard (2012-03-15). "Kenneth Lonergan". The New Yorker.
- Historical Dictionary of Contemporary American Theater, 1930-2010 - James Fisher - Google Books. Books.google.com. Retrieved 2012-05-18.
- 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