Professional Teaching Staff and Advisor to The Carroll News

Degrees: M.A., Ohio University

Expertise: Scriptwriting, media sales

Before joining John Carroll’s Russert Department of Communication and Theatre Arts full-time, 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 eight 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 and screenwriting at the Cleveland Play House.

More recently, a musical version of Bob’s play “The Pied Piper of Hamelin” was published by Samuel French (US, Canada, UK & Europe). The world premiere of Bob’s play “About Tremont”  ran the month of June at The Elite Theatre Company in Oxnard, CA.  For the 9th year Bob judged the national Scripps-Howard Foundation Joanne Robinson Memorial Scholarship for African-American college students. And coming this Fall (mid-October) the world premiere of Bob’s comedy, “Love, Honor & Other Complications (written with JCU grad Ed Walsh) will appear at The Chagrin Valley Little Theatre.

Besides his work at 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.

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