Want to learn about playwriting for young audiences from Finegan Kruckemeyer?
Join him in Cork for a free one-off workshop on Monday, January 30!
Closing date for applications: Tuesday January 17, 17.00
Selected candidates will be notified by: Friday January 20
Baboró International Arts Festival for Children, Graffiti Theatre and Theatre for Young Audiences Ireland are excited to once again collaborate with International TYA Playwright Finegan Kruckemeyer. 'How to Begin, With Finegan' is an in-person writing workshop led by Finegan Kruckemeyer for established and emerging playwrights interested in writing for young audiences.
Beginning with a blank page, participants will respond to writing aids and impositions both, as they explore theatre for young audiences, meet fellow writers and have fun with Finegan germinating seeds of ideas that they can take forward after the workshop.
This opportunity is open to both established and emerging playwrights, interested in writing plays for young audiences. We encourage applications from artists with a disability, those from minority ethnic communities and those who feel their voices are not commonly represented.
The workshop will be hosted at Graffiti Theatre in Cork on Monday, January 30 from 11.00 - 17.00.
The workshop programme is free of charge to participants thanks to funding from the Arts Council via Baboró and Graffiti. It is presented in association with Theatre for Young Audiences Ireland.
- Travel costs for those travelling to Cork will be reimbursed and lunch will be provided
- Participants will also receive a €100 stipend for attending the workshop.
The application is open to ambitious writers and theatre makers based in Ireland who are not in full time study.
To apply you must be:
- Over 18 years of age
- Available to attend the workshop in person at Graffiti on Monday, January 30 from 11.00 - 17.00
- Resident in Ireland
Please send the following to firstname.lastname@example.org with ‘How to Begin, with Finegan’ in the subject line:
- a short letter (1 page max) or video (2 mins max) to introduce yourself, outlining why you’d like to be part of the workshop
- a short biog (200 words max)
The selection panel is made up of industry professionals from Baboró and Graffiti. We will not be in a position to provide in-depth feedback on individual applications.
Application and selection dates:
Closing date for applications: 17th January, 5pm
Selected candidates will be notified by: 20th January
Finegan Kruckemeyer has had over 100 commissioned plays performed on six continents and translated into eight languages. His work has received 37 awards, including the Mickey Miners Lifetime Achievement Award for international Theatre for Young Audiences, and seven Australian Writers Guild Awards. He has spoken at conferences in ten countries, with papers published and works studied at international universities.
Finegan was born in Ireland and moved halfway around the world to Adelaide, Australia aged eight. After 15 years, he and his wife Essie left for the island state of Tasmania. And after 15 more, with their son Moe, they returned. He is committed to making strong and respectful work for young people, which acknowledges them as astute audience members outside the plays, and worthy subjects within.
GRAFFITI creates theatre and arts experiences for children and young people, nurturing curiosity and imagination to enrich lives and imagine a better world. Established in 1984 in Cork, Graffiti offers a range of arts engagement opportunities in both English and Irish, through drama skills workshops, creative writing sessions, in-classroom creative learning, playwright mentoring, Early Years encounters, Activate Youth Theatre, and theatre productions aimed at children and young people, as well as the young at heart.
Theatre for Young Audiences is the national association representing and promoting professional organisations and individual artists whose work primarily focuses on engaging Irish children and young people through theatre. TYA Ireland provides a crucial link between members, the arts sector, the wider community and government.