Dianne Nora

Playwright, Dramaturg, and Comedy Writer in Chicago, Illinois

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Dianne Nora is a playwright, dramaturg, theatre scholar, and comedy writer who lives and works in Chicago, New York, and Dublin, Ireland. She is a 2018-2019 member of Goodman Theatre’s Playwrights Unit, where she has been commissioned to write a new play about Ruth Bader Ginsburg. A staged reading of this play was directed by Marti Lyons in July 2019, and included original music by Emily Gardner Xu Hall, recipient of a 2019 Jonathan Larson Grant. After completing her MFA at Columbia University School of the Arts, Dianne assisted her mentor Tracy Letts on the world premieres of his plays Mary Page Marlowe, Linda Vista, and The Minutes, a finalist for the 2018 Pulitzer Prize in Drama. She is co-writing a parody of the Bible with Scott Dikkers, founding editor of The Onion. She is also a writer on Dikkers' new book Welcome to the Universe Which is Mine by (Not) Elon Musk, available everywhere from Grand Central Publishing. Her work has been developed at Goodman Theatre, Pipeline Theatre at Walkerspace, Via Brooklyn, Capital Stage, and Normal Ave Theatre, and the Irish Film Institute. She's a graduate of NYU, Trinity College Dublin, and Columbia University School of the Arts. You can find her plays on the New Play Exchange at the link above!

  • Education
    • BA: New York University
    • MPhil: Trinity College Dublin
    • MFA: Columbia University