Nora Brigid Monahan
Director of Development
Nora Brigid Monahan (they/them/their) is a playwright, performer, and Director of Development at The Lark. Their professional career in the arts began as a child actor, with numerous appearances on television and on stages across New York City.
Nora is best known for writing and starring in the dark solo comedy DIVA (winner of the 2013 USolo Awards for Best Musical and Audience Choice), which was later expanded into the cult musical DIVA: LIVE FROM HELL (music & lyrics by Alexander Sage Oyen) and published by Dramatists Play Service. As a playwright, Nora’s other works include AUNT JACK (also published by DPS), EMPTY, and RODHAM/SADE.
After coming out as transgender, their focus turned to arts administration and advocacy, with a particular goal of raising money for artists and theater companies representing communities and identities that have been historically under-resourced and underrepresented in the cultural conversation. Since joining The Lark family in 2018, Nora has had the privilege of collaborating with Lark staff, artists, and other stakeholders on imagining new ways to provide playwrights with the resources they need to create work that is vital and authentic. Beyond their role as Director of Development, Nora is in the process of launching The Lark’s Beyond the Binary Writers’ Group, a pilot program dedicated to providing a creative community for gender expansive theater makers.
In addition to their work with The Lark, Nora is the former Managing Director of The Amoralists and Literary Manager of Less Than Rent Theatre. They are an alumnus of Fordham University’s College at Lincoln Center, where they graduated with a B.A. in Theatre.