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Finegan Kruckemeyer

Playwright of 75 commissioned works performed on five continents.

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Finegan has had 75 commissioned plays performed on five continents and translated into five languages, and was an inaugural recipient of the Sidney Myer Fellowship. In 2015 twelve works enjoy worldwide presentation, with seasons in five Australian states, and in the Czech Republic, England, Germany, Indonesia, Ireland and the United States. In Germany, he is represented by Rowohlt Agency.

To date, Finegan’s plays have had seasons in over 70 Australian and international festivals; all Australian states/territories; five UK national tours; five US 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 New York University, and DC’s Kennedy Center for the Arts (at the prestigious New Visions New Voices).

As well as the Sidney Myer Fellowship, Finegan and his work have received at least one award each year for the past 13, including three Australian Writers Guild Awards, a Helpmann Award for Best Australian Children’s Theatre, the Rodney Seaborn Award, Jill Blewett Award, and Colin Thiele Scholarship.

In 2015, Finegan is a keynote speaker at the Lincoln Center for the Arts (USA) and Ubud Writer’s Festival (Indonesia).  He has presented papers or sat on panels at conferences in Argentina, Australia, Austria, Denmark, England, Scotland, Sweden and the US, with works published.

He was one of 21 selected worldwide for the ASSITEJ Next Generation (young leaders in children’s theatre), and sits on a number of industry boards and panels, including the Tasmanian Arts Advisory Board.

Finegan was born in Ireland, and moved to Adelaide, Australia at eight. In 2004, he moved with his wife Essie to Hobart where he now writes for national and international companies. His son Moe was born in 2014.

Finegan is committed to making strong and respectful work for children, which acknowledges them as astute audience members outside the plays, and worthy subjects within.

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Awards

2015

  • Exceptional Writing: The Tasmanian Theatre Awards
  • Best Original Community Work: The Tasmanian Theatre Awards My Heart is a Hall (Stompin)

2014

  • Best Children’s Show (Fab Family Fare): Seattle Times Footlight Award The Boy at the Edge of Everything (Seattle Children’s Theatre/Trusty Sidekick, USA)
  • Best Australian Children’s Play: Australian Writers Guild AWGIE Award The Grumpiest Boy in the World (Paper Balloon, UK)
  • Best Australian Theatre For Young Audiences: Australian Writers Guild AWGIE Award The Violent Outburst That Drew Me To You (Siren Theatre/Griffin Theatre)
  • (Finalist) Sydney Theatre Awards: Best Production for Young People The Violent Outburst That Drew Me To You (Siren Theatre/Griffin Theatre
  • (Finalist) Best Australian Community Theatre: Aus Writers Guild AWGIE Award Tough Beauty (Casula Powerhouse)
  • Longlisted German Children’s Theatre Prize Der Junge Mt Dem Längsten Schatten (Rowohlt Theater, trans: Thomas Kruckemeyer)

2013

  • Most Excellent Play: Shanghai International Children’s Theatre Festival Boats (Terrapin Puppet Theatre)
  • First children’s work ever selected for the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts showcase The Grumpiest Boy in the World (Paper Balloon)
  • (Second Place) Fulbright Scholarship
  • (Finalist) Best Australian Children’s Play: Australian Writers Guild AWGIE Award The House That Jack Filled (Theatre Lovett)
  • (Finalist) Edward Albee New York Fellowship
  • (Finalist) Australian Book Review Elisabeth Jolley Short Story Prize Like Dresses in a Tree

 2012

  • Best Presentation for Children: Helpmann Awards Boats (Terrapin Puppet Theatre)
  • (Finalist) Best Australian Children’s Play: Australian Writers Guild AWGIE Award This Girl Laughs, This Girl Cries, This Girl Does Nothing and Love (Terrapin Puppet Theatre)
  • (Finalist) Best Australian Community Theatre: Australian Writers Guild AWGIE Award The Boy With The Longest Shadow (Tasmanian Theatre Company)
  • (Finalist) Best Production for Children: Sydney Theatre Awards Escape From Peligro Island (Windmill/Border Project) and Man Covets Bird (Slingsby)

2011

  • $160,000 Sidney Myer Creative Fellowship (inaugural – one of 12 nationally)
  • (Finalist) Best Australian Children’s Play: Australian Writers Guild AWGIE Award The Girl Who Forgot To Sing Badly (The Ark/Theatre Lovett
  • (Finalist – one of 14 worldwide from 1000 entries) BBC World Playwriting Competition The Floating Books
  • (Finalist) Best Production for Children: Sydney Theatre Awards Boats (Terrapin Puppet Theatre)

2010

  • Rodney Seaborn Playwrights’ Award This Girl Laughs, This Girl Cries, This Girl Does Nothing
  • Best New Work: Ruby Awards
  • Best Show (Comedy): Adelaide Theatre Guide Curtain Call Awards
  • Sunday Best Award: Sunday Mail Man Covets Bird (Slingsby)
  • Top two places on ‘Best Theatre of 2010’: No Plain Jane review website: Number One: Ruby Bruise (The Misery Children/Vitalstatistix) and Number Two: Man Covets Bird (Slingsby)
  • First children’s work ever selected for Dublin Theatre Festival’s Re:Viewed program The Girl Who Forgot to Sing Badly (The Ark/Theatre Lovett)

2009

  • Best Australian Children’s Play: Australian Writers’ Guild AWGIE Awards The Tragical Life of Cheeseboy (Slingsby)
  • Tasmanian Young Achiever MyState Financial Arts Award
  • Video Clip of the Week: Rage, ABC Television Defeating the Feeling (Mere Theory)
  • (Finalist) Young Tasmanian of the Year Award

2008

  • Best Children’s Theatre Playwright: South Australian Oscarts The Tragical Life of Cheeseboy (Slingsby)
  • Ruby Award for Innovation: Ruby Awards
  • Winner: Bank SA Support Act Award
  • Best Show Second Week: International Adelaide Fringe Festival Trouble on Planet Earth (The Border Project)

 2007

  • Best Playwright: South Australian Oscarts This Uncharted Hour (Brink Productions/State Theatre of SA)
  • Most Innovative Play: South Australian Oscarts Trouble on Planet Earth (The Border Project)

2006

  • Jill Blewett Playwrights’ Award This Uncharted Hour (Brink Productions/State Theatre of SA)
  • Best Opera: Lightyear Awards
  • Best Double Bill: South Australian Oscarts (with a sibling work) Bastian und Bastienne (adapted recitativo – State Opera of SA)

 2005

  • Best Show: Adelaide Theatre Guide Curtain Call Awards Drums in the Night (adaptation – Brink Productions/State Theatre SA)

2004

  • Winner: National Schooling Awards Boys Will Be Boys (Riverland Youth Theatre)
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Past events

Twelve Times He Spoke at the Theatre Royal Backspace (image: Tony McKendrick)
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Twelve Times He Spoke

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29 Campbell Street, Hobart

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Spiegeltent 2015 Boats
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Boats

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Princes Wharf No. 1, Castray Esplanade

Terrapin Puppet Theatre
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22 Salamanca Square, Hobart

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Finegan’s plays are often commissioned and produced by Tasmanian companies including Terrapin Puppet Theatre, Blue Cow Productions, Ten Days on the Island, Tasmanian Theatre Company, Mudlark Theatre, Stompin, Tasmania Performs, the Second Echo Ensemble and  Loud Mouth Theatre.

They can be purchased from www.finegankruckemeyer.com and from Currency Press and the Australian Script Centre.