Ernie Nolan, a proud graduate of both the University of Michigan Musical Theatre Program (BFA Musical Theatre) and The Theatre School at DePaul University (MFA Directing), is a director and playwright dedicated to new works and re-imagining classic stories for young audiences. As the Associate Artistic Director of Emerald City Theatre in Chicago, IL he has created The PlayGround, a process for the development of new works for ages 0-10. His work, featured both nationally and internationally, includes A FAIRY TALE LIFE, SNOW WHITE, IF YOU TAKE A MOUSE TO SCHOOL, DON’T LET THE PIGEON DRIVE THE BUS!, THE ADVENTURES OF DOCTOR DOLITTLE, AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 STORIES, and the upcoming FIVE LITTLE MONKEYS. He currently serves as the Vice-President of Theatre for Young Audiences USA, the national service organization promoting the power of professional theatre for young audiences. He is also a visiting faulty member in the Theatre Studies Department at The Theatre School at DePaul University.