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His plays were produced by Atlantic Theater Company (which he helped found), Playwrights Horizons, Lincoln Center Theater, New York Stage and Film, South Coast Repertory, LaJolla Repertory, Seattle Repertory, the Goodman Theatre, Arden Theatre Company, Trinity Repertory and others.
Donaghy's teaching credentials include New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts (his alma mater), as well as lecture appearances at City University of New York, Columbia University, Dartmouth College, Temple University and The University of Pennsylvania.
He has received awards from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, Theater Communications Group, the Sloan Foundation, PEN American and the MacDowell, Millay, Albee, and Berilla Kerr Foundations.
His theater work has been profiled by The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, the Village Voice and others and he has written essays about theater for The New York Times and American Theater Magazine.
In 1999 he wrote and directed the feature film Story of a Bad Boy. Prior to that he wrote and directed the short film The Dadshuttle, based on a play of his, which appeared in film festivals around the world.
Since 2008, Donaghy has written and produced television programs. With Jerry Bruckheimer Television and Warner Bros. Television he created and produced the original ABC series The Whole Truth. Other credits include Without A Trace and The Mentalist. He has also worked with such producers as Mark Gordon and Greg Berlanti. He currently is co-creator along with Lee Daniels, and producer for a musical drama programming for Fox Television titled STAR.
His plays have been published by Dramatist Play Service and include Down the Shore, The Dadshuttle, Northeast Local, Minutes from the Blue Route, From Above, The Beginning of August, and Boys and Girls.
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