Robert Thomas Noll

Playwright Composer Lyricist Librettist

Robert is a professor at the Jesuit University in Cleveland, Ohio, John Carroll.  Bob spent many years in professional theater, TV and film. He has won over 34 national and international awards including nine Emmys and a Silver Medal at the International Film and Television Festival of New York. His 37 produced plays have been performed throughout the U.S. (including seven off-off Broadway), Canada and Europe. Fourteen have been published. In TV, he is best known for the NBC nationally syndicated children’s series, “Hickory Hideout.” Five of his screenplays have been produced as films. Besides teaching, Noll also serves as adviser to John Carroll's award-winning newspaper, The Carroll News. He spent nearly 20 years teaching playwriting at the Cleveland Play House. He has degrees from Kent State University and Ohio University. Besides John Carroll, he has also taught at Ursuline College, Cleveland State and Cuyahoga Community College. He has also been the Screenwriting Instructor for the Cleveland Filmmakers, Cleveland International Film Festival and Artist-in-Residence at the Cleveland School of the Arts. He has been a Public Relations and Marketing Consultant for 35 Broadway shows. He has worked professionally at the Cleveland Play House, Hanna Theater, Kenley Players, Cleveland Ballet, Playhouse Square, Great Lakes Theater Festival and Musicarnival. He has written and edited publications for the Education Department of Playhouse Square and Radio City Music Hall. He also coordinates the annual Urban Journalism program with the Cleveland Chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists. He is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists, College Media Advisers and Society for Collegiate Journalists (2014 National Adviser of the Year), Alpha Sigma Nu Alpha Sigma Nu (Jesuit Honor Society) and is a member of the Dramatist Guild.