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Finegan Kruckemeyer

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Finegan has had 70 commissioned plays performed on five continents and translated into five languages, and was an inaugural recipient of the $160,000 Sidney Myer Creative Fellowship. This year 16 works (including seven premieres) are presented worldwide, with seasons in Argentina, Australia, England, Germany, Ireland, Norway and throughout the United States. In Germany, he is represented by Rowohlt Agency.

To date, Finegan’s plays have had seasons in: over 50 international festivals; five IPAY North American invited showcases; all Australian states/territories; five UK national tours; and at the Sydney Opera House (six works), Ireland’s Dublin Theatre Festival (two works, one at the Abbey Theatre), Scotland’s Imaginate Festival (two works), Shanghai’s Malan Flower Theatre, New York’s New Victory Theater (three works) and NYU, and DC’s Kennedy Center for the Arts (in the prestigious New Visions New Voices programme). 

As well as the 2011 Fellowship, Finegan and his work have received (among others) the 2012 Helpmann Award for Children’s Theatre, 2010 Rodney Seaborn Award, 2010 Best New Work Ruby Award, 2009 Australian Writers Guild Award (AWGIE) for Best Children’s Play in Australia, 2009 Mystate Young Tasmanian Artist Award, 2009 Ruby Award For Innovation, 2008 Best Children’s Theatre Playwright Oscart, 2007 Best Playwright Oscart, 2006 Jill Blewett Playwrights Award, and 2002 Colin Thiele Scholarship.

Finegan was Keynote Speaker at the 2013 One Theatre World North American TYA conference (USA), and has spoken at conferences/festivals in Argentina, Australia, Austria, Denmark, England, Scotland, Sweden and the US, with papers published.

He was one of 21 selected worldwide for the ASSITEJ Next Generation (young leaders in children’s theatre), and sits on the Australian Script Centre board, and Arts Tasmania’s Assistance to Individuals, Tasmanian Literary Awards, and Artsbridge panels.

Finegan was born in Ireland, and came to Adelaide, Australia at eight. In 2004, he moved with his wife Essie to Hobart, Tasmania, from which he now writes for national/international companies. He is committed to making strong and respectful work for children, which acknowledges them as astute audience members outside the plays, and worthy subjects within.

Explanations of his work can be seen at:

http://tinyurl.com/92psnff and www.doollee.com/PlaywrightsK/kruckemeyer-finegan.html 

 
 

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