The Eugene O’Neill Society is a non-profit scholarly organization devoted to the promotion and study of the life and works of Eugene O’Neill and the drama and theatre for which his work was in large part the instigator and model for American Theatre in the 20th Century and beyond.
On December 30, 1978, a group of some thirty O'Neill enthusiasts from the United States and abroad met in the New York Hilton to plan the formation of a society devoted to America's greatest playwright. On December 29, 1979, in the beautiful surroundings of Tao House, O'Neill's California home, The Eugene O'Neill Society was formally organized.
International in scope, the Society includes members from around the world and you are cordially invited to join the Society. As a member you will receive the Eugene O'Neill Review, which carries articles on every phase of O'Neill's life and works, as well as reviews of plays and other information concerning productions of O'Neill here and abroad. Submission of items for publication is earnestly solicited. You will also receive via email the Society Newsletter, typically published bi-annually and also available on this site.
Membership is open to anyone with an interest in O'Neill as an artist in the American theatre, and in the purpose of the Society, which is to promote and maintain worldwide study of O'Neill by:
- keeping his work alive in performances on stage, film, television, radio and recordings
- encouraging historical and critical writing, amassing historical documentation, and
- sponsoring publications devoted to O'Neill and his plays
Optional memberships are also offered in the Eugene O'Neill Foundation-Tao House (now a National Historic Site-US National Park Service), which saved Tao House as an historical site and now conducts artistic and educational programming there, as well as the Friends of Monte Cristo Cottage, which maintains O'Neill's boyhood home in New London, Connecticut, another Historic Landmark, which is maintained by the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center.
The Society sponsors an international conference typically every three years, with our next conference scheduled for July 2017 in Galway, Ireland. It also sponsors scholarly panels at major academic conferences in theatre and literature, which include Modern Language Association (MLA), Comparative Drama Conference (CDC) and the American Literature Association (ALA) Conference.