For four consecutive seasons (1983-1986), John Patrick Shanley was selected for participation in the National Playwrights Conference at the Eugene O’Neill Memorial Theater Center. His autobiographical cycle of plays achieved initial success and built his reputation for off-beat, unconventional plays. Several of his plays have enjoyed commercial runs at theaters Off-Off-Broadway and at various theaters across the United States. Since 1988, he has also directed his own plays.
In film, Shanley has achieved even greater success. His screenplay for Five Corners was awarded the Special Jury Prize at the Barcelona Film Festival. His screenplay for Moonstruck won the Writer’s Guild Award, 1981, an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay, 1987, and the Los Angeles Film Critics Award, 1987. He made his debut as a film director in Joe Versus the Volcano.