Ron Sproat

Ron Sproat

Ronald "Ron" Sproat is a screenwriter and playwright known for his work on Dark Shadows.



Sproat served as head writer on Dark Shadows and created the character Barnabas Collins. Sproat has written for Never Too Young, a teen soap opera that aired on ABC from 1965 to 1966 and Strange Paradise, a Canadian soap opera that aired in syndication in the United States from 1969 to 1970.

In addition to television writing, Sproat has also written for musical theatre including Abie's Island Rose and Back Home: The War Brides Musical, both of which ran off Broadway.


Sproat received his MA from the University of Michigan, and performed undergraudate work at Hamilton College. While at Hamilton College, he won the William Duncan Saunders Award for creative writing. Sproat also attended Yale University where he earned a MFA. While attending Yale, Sproat was also the recipient of the Avery Hopwood Award.


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