Ronan Marra

Co-Artistic Director

Founding Member

Ronan is a Chicago-based director and playwright. He is a co-founder and Co-Artistic Director of Signal Ensemble Theatre. Directing credits with Signal include THE NEXT THING, THIS IS WAR by Hannah Moscovitch, LASCIVIOUS SOMETHING by Sheila Callaghan, SUCCESSORS by Jon Steinhagen, HOSTAGE SONG by Clay McLeod Chapman and Kyle Jarrow, EAST OF BERLIN and THE RUSSIAN PLAY by Hannah Moscovitch, ACES by Jon Steinhagen, AFTERMATH, THE BALLAD OF THE SAD CAFE, 1776 (Jeff Award - Best Production, Musical, Jeff Nomination - Best Director), SEASCAPE, WAITING FOR GODOT, LANDSLIDE (two Jeff Award nominations), MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, LEARNING TO FLY and more.

Playwriting credits with the company include the book for THE NEXT THING (music and lyrics by Jon Steinhagen), MOTION, AFTERMATH, LANDSLIDE (Jeff Nomination - New Work) and LEARNING TO FLY. Ronan's plays have been produced or workshopped in Chicago, NYC, LA and Cleveland. He is a 2012 finalist for the Woodward/Newman Drama Award (Motion) and recipient of the 2006 Illinois Arts Council Finalist Award in Scriptworks (Landslide). New City named him one of the "Fifty People Who Really Perform in Chicago" in 2012.  You can contact him at and learn more by visiting his website -


Production History

  • Director
    • This Is War
    • The Next Thing
    • Successors
    • Lascivious Something
    • East Of Berlin & The Russian Play
    • Hostage Song
    • The Real Inspector Hound
    • Aftermath (Remount)
    • Aces
    • The Ballad Of The Sad Cafe
    • Aftermath
    • Six Degrees Of Separation
    • The Prime Of Miss Jean Brodie
    • 1776
    • Fool for Love
    • The Dumb Waiter & The Zoo Story
    • Hamlet
    • Closer
    • She Stoops to Conquer
    • Seascape
    • Waiting For Godot (Remount)
    • Catch-22
    • Waiting For Godot
    • Landslide
    • Learning To Fly
    • Much Ado About Nothing
  • Playwright
    • Aftermath
    • Landslide
    • Learning To Fly


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