Jay D. Hanagan was raised in Sodus, NY, a small town nestled on the shores of Lake Ontario somewhere between Rochester and Syracuse. There, in the sixth grade, (often described as three of the happiest years of his life) Mr. Hanagan performed in a "real" play, Tom Sawyer, for the first time. With only eight days until opening night, Mr. Hanagan was plucked from the obscurity of the chorus to replace the ailing lead. (It wasn't so much that the director said "I'm gonna make you a star" as much as it was "We don't have anybody else so you'll have to do.")
But it was too late, the damage was done and this emotionally troubled youth, aching for the attention that was constantly lavished on his twin brother, John, was hooked. He has been involved with the theatre ever since.
His plays have either won competitions or been featured in scores of festivals from Alaska to Florida and all points in between, including his short play Along for the Ride, which was a winner of the 28th Annual Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival. He has been internationally produced as well, having works presented in Canada, the United Kingdom (including London, England) and even Hong Kong and Estonia.
Please note that Mr. Hanagan's commitment to the theatre is so all engrossing, that he has even taken to spelling "theatre" with 're' at the end, instead of 'er'.
Mr. Hanagan is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America, Inc. His collection What If? Six Short Cmedies about the Search for Love and his full-length Five Kisses are published by Samuel French.