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Ernie Nolan

Ernie Nolan is a director, choreographer and playwright dedicated to reimagining stories for young audiences. As producing artistic director of Emerald City Theatre in Chicago, where he has directed more than 20 productions, he created the Emerald City PlayGround, a process to develop new TYA plays. Nolan's work as a TYA playwright has been featured both nationally and internationally at such theatres as Emerald City Theatre; First Stage, Milwaukee; Walnut Street Theatre, Philadelphia; Orlando Repertory Theatre, Orlando, Fla.; and Children's Theatre of Charlotte, Charlotte, N.C. He has written commissions for Adventure Theatre in Glen Echo, Md.; La Jolla Playhouse in La Jolla, Calif.; and The Milwaukee Zoological Society. Nolan currently serves as the vice president of communications for TYA USA/ASSITEJ. A graduate of both the University of Michigan Musical Theatre Program (BFA, musical theatre) and The Theatre School at DePaul University (MFA, directing), Nolan has been awarded an Ann Shaw Fellowship and was selected as one of DePaul University's "14 Alumni Under 40" in 2011.