Harry Cornelius Cronin
Father Cronin is a Priest of the Congregation of Holy Cross. (Note: not "the Holy Cross.") His first play was produced at the University of Notre Dame the year following his ordination. He has always been both a priest and a playwright. He was recipient of the James H. Mitchell Memorial Award for playwriting when he graduated from the University of Notre Dame. He received his MFA in drama at the Catholic University of America. He was awarded a McKnight Foundation Graduate Theater Fellowship at the Tyrone Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis and subsequently received his PhD in Theater Arts from the University of Minnesota. He served as playwright-in-residence and Director of Theater at the University of Portland. After being awarded a fellowship by the National Endowment for the Arts, he was reassigned to Los Angeles where he became director of a theater project funded by the NEA. While in Los Angeles, he served as parish priest, high school chaplain and hospital chaplain. His plays produced in Los Angeles included Naomi, Skip and Reverend Garden produced by both the Burbage Theater Ensemble and the Theater of N.O.T.E. The Burghers of Calais and Fitzgerald and Hemingway were produced by the Ensemble Studio Theater. The Children of Hercules was performed by First Stage. His play about Christ, Memoirs of Jesus, was produced by the Matrix Theater in Los Angeles (following a special performance at the Trinity Repertory Theater in Providence) and was the recipient two Los Angeles Drama-Logue awards. The play was subsequently produced in Canada at the Calgary Center for the Arts. His recent productions have included Dooley, which enjoyed three separate runs in San Francisco; and Dark Matter, his play about a priest convicted of child abuse. He is currently Professor in Residence at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, where he teaches classes in religious drama and film.