Contracted to teach English & Communication by the University of Maryland Overseas in 1956, Dr. Loney taught & traveled in Europe, North Africa, and the Middle-East. From these vantage points, he began sending reports to the New York Herald-Tribune, The Christian Science Monitor, & Theatre Arts. During this four-year period, he also began regular summer visits to such major European Festivals as Edinburgh, Bayreuth, Munich, Bregenz, & Salzburg. On his return to the United States, he began dual-careers of writing/photography and university-lecturing. He has taught Theatre, Speech/Communications, & English at Hofstra, Adelphi, & the City University of New York: Brooklyn College & CUNY Graduate Center.Dr. Loney earned his PhD in Theatre-History & Dramatic Literature at Stanford University, before serving in the US Army—1953-55—during the “Korean Police-Action.” His BA degree was awarded with “Highest Honors in Speech” at UC/Berkeley in 1950. He completed his MA in Speech & Theatre in 1951, at the University of Wisconsin/Madison. His reports & interviews—often illustrated by his photos—have appeared in LIFE, Smithsonian, The Reporter, Commonweal, Commentary, Andy Warhol's Interview, Dance Magazine, Ballet News, Musical America, Opera News, Opera Monthly, Theatre Week, After Dark, Ramparts, The Saturday Evening Post, Dramatics, Players, Modern Drama, Educational Theatre Journal, New Theatre Quarterly, Theatre Design & Technology, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, New York Daily News, Newsday, Other Stages, The Westsider, & Western European Stages. Travel-features have appeared in Recommend & other magazines.
He has been writing & photographing for Theatre Crafts since its debut, and later in its new incarnation as Entertainment Design. During this time, he has engaged in special projects such as touring the United States to report on all the Outdoor Historical Dramas. For a Circus Special, he spent time with the artists & technicians of the Ringling Brothers/Barnum & Bailey Circus. One summer was devoted to studying the North American Shakespeare Festivals. This resulted in a special issue of Theatre Crafts and also a book, The Shakespeare Complex. Other books include a biography of the director/choreographer/dancer Jack Cole, Unsung Genius; as well as Peter Brook, Oxford to Orghast; California Gold-Rush Plays, Your Future in the Performing Arts, Creating Careers in Musical Theatre, Musical Theatre in America [ed], Staging Shakespeare [ed], and Briefing and Conference Techniques.
Professor Loney is Founder/Advisor for Modern Theatre.Info, currently being developed by Lightning New Media, a not-for-profit entity. This includes day-by-day listings of important events & developments in American, Canadian, & British Theatre from 1900 into the future. It will also feature photo-documentation, as well as audio and video-records of theatres, productions, artists, & technology. It is using as a data-base Dr. Loney's 20th Century Theatre [2 vols.], a day-by-day chronology of American & British Theatre activity from 1900 up to 1980. This was originally published by Facts-on-File, but only about one-fifth of the prepared entries were used, to keep the costs down. The Lightning New Media project will not only make all the entries—published & unpublished—available, but also draw on the historical records of collaborating Canadian & British Theatre Archivists. Dr. Loney provided Head-Notes for each drama in the Houghton-Mifflin series: Tragedy, Comedy, & Form in Drama [ed. Robert Corrigan]. He also created the Official Production Books for the Royal Shakespeare's Peter Brook "Midsummer Night's Dream"; and for the Young Vic's Frank Dunlop/Jim Dale "Scapino."
Having grown up in California's Mother Lode Country, he has long been an ardent Historical Preservationist. He is a member of the Municipal Art Society in New York and a nominator for the Society's Brendan Gill Prize. He created, wrote, & edited Art Deco News and its successor, The Modernist, for fourteen years. This led to the creation of the website, NYMuseums.com, for which he is the Principal Correspondent. he is also PC for the companion-website, NYTheatre-Wire.com.
As a Professor Emeritus of Theatre, at The Graduate Center of the City University of New York, he remains a member of various professional organizations. He is Historian of the Outer Critics Circle and a nominator for the Outer Critics Annual Awards. He is also a member of the Drama Desk, the American Theatre Critics Association, the International Association of Theatre Critics, as well as the Dance Critics Association, and the Music Critics Association of North America. Not to overlook the Theatre Historical Society, the American Society for Theatre Research and its international affiliate. He is also an Honorary Fellow of the American-Scandinavian Foundation.
Under the title of INFOTOGRAPHY™, Dr. Loney has organized into album/volumes more than 50 years of photography worldwide and has computer-indexed this 300,000 color-slide & print archive of Art, Architecture, Design, Historic-Theatres, Landmarks, Celebrated Sites, Graffiti, Famous Monuments, Museums & Galleries, Exhibitions, World’s Fairs, Performing-Arts, Posters, Nature, & Special-Subjects. These photos are now in the process of becoming digitally-available for research, study, editorial, & promotional-use on the Lightning New Media website, Infotography.biz