Finegan has had 58 commissioned plays performed on five continents, and was an inaugural recipient of the Sidney Myer Creative Fellowship. This year 20 works (including eight premieres) are presented worldwide, with seasons in five Australian states, and in China, England, Germany, Indonesia, and the United States. In Germany, he is represented by Rowohlt Agency.
To date, Finegan’s plays have had seasons in: over 50 Australian and international festivals; five consecutive IPAY North American invited showcases; seven Australian states; five UK national tours; and at Australia’s Sydney Opera House (five 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 the 2012 Helpmann Award for Children’s Theatre, 2010 Rodney Seaborn Playwrights 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 is a Keynote Speaker at the 2013 One Theatre World North American TYA conference (USA), and 2013 Ubud Writers Festival (Indonesia). He has spoken at conferences/festivals in Argentina, Australia, Austria, Denmark, England, Scotland, Sweden and the US, with his paper The Taboo of Sadness 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, Arts Tasmania’s Assistance to Individuals, Tasmanian Literary Awards, and Artsbridge panels, and the Write Local, Play Global’s Playwrights Advisory Committee.
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.
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