Sue Healy is an award-winning Irish writer and playwright. In 2018, her play Imaginationship had a sold-out, extended run at the Finborough Theatre, London and showed later at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough. Sue’s work has been supported and developed by Dublin’s Abbey Theatre, the Peggy Ramsay Foundation and Arts Council England. She is a recipient of the 2018 MGCfutures Bursary and has been named a 2019 Hawthornden Castle Fellow. Sue is Literary Manager at the Finborough Theatre.
Sue’s previous stage productions include Cow (Etcetera Theatre, 2017) and Brazen (King’s Head Theatre, 2016), funded by Arts Council England. Her short plays have been performed at the Criterion (Criterion New Writing Showcase), Arcola (The Miniaturists) and Hackney Attic (Fizzy Sherbet Shorts by Women). Sue’s radio work includes nine plays broadcast on BBC Radio 4 (Opening Lines winner), WLRfm and KCLR96fm.
She has been a finalist for BBC Scriptroom 12, Eamonn Keane Playwriting Prize, Nick Darke Award and Old Vic 12 New Voices.
Sue’s prose has won The Molly Keane Award, HISSAC Prize, Escalator Award, Meridian Prize and has been published in nine literary journals and anthologies including: The Moth, Flight, Tainted Innocence, New Writer, Duality, HISSAC, New European Writers. She has been writer-in-residence on Inis Oírr, Aran Islands, and at the Heinrich Boll Cottage on Achill Island. Sue has also benefitted from annual artist residencies at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre, and at Ginestrelle, Assisi in Italy.
Sue spent eleven years in Budapest, editing Hungary A.M. She has a PhD in modern theatre history (Royal Court Theatre) and is a UEA Creative Writing MA alumna. Sue is currently an Associate Lecturer in Playwriting at the Universities of Lincoln and Portsmouth, and tutors Creative Writing at CityLit.
Awards, Residencies and Bursaries:
2018 – Earned a PhD from the University of Lincoln for her thesis on the Royal Court Theatre 1968-1975. MGCfutures Bursary. Hawthornden Castle Fellow.
2017 – Claremorris Fringe Award, Heinrich Boll writer-in-residence, FfWG grant, Francis W. Reckitt Arts Funding. Finalist for BBC Scriptroom 12.
2016 – Peggy Ramsay Foundation playwriting grant, Tyrone Guthrie Centre residency bursary, Arts Council England funding, BAI radio drama funding. Finalist for the Eamon Keane Playwriting Prize, Nick Darke Award and the Old Vic 12 New Voices.
2015 – BBC Opening Lines Award, Arte Studio Ginestrelle residency, BAI radio drama funding.
2014 – University of Lincoln PhD fees scholarship, BAI radio drama funding.
2013 – Escalator Award, Arts Council England funding, Áras Eanna Inis Oirr writer-in-residence, BAI radio drama funding. Shortlisted for Shoreline International Screenplay Award.
2012 – Meridian Short Story Prize.
2011 – The Molly Keane Memorial Award, Sussex Playwrights’ Award, the HiSSAC Award.
2010 – Ted O’Regan Arts Award bursary, Tyrone Guthrie Centre residency bursary.
2009 – MA in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia.