Sue Healy has a PhD in modern theatre history (Royal Court Theatre) and is Literary Manager at the Finborough Theatre, London. An award-winning Irish writer and playwright, her work has been supported and developed by Dublin’s Abbey Theatre, the Peggy Ramsay Foundation and Arts Council England. Sue’s most recent play Imaginationship had a sold-out, extended run at the Finborough Theatre in January 2018 and will show at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough in August this year.
Her previous stage productions include Cow (Etcetera Theatre, 2017) and Brazen (King’s Head Theatre, 2016), funded by Arts Council England. Sue’s work has also been performed at the Criterion, Arcola, Hackney Attic and Sterts theatres, and at festivals including the Claremorris Fringe (New Writing Award winner), the Brighton (Sussex Playwrights’ Award winner), the UEA Contemporary European Drama Festival, Norwich.
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, Eamon Keane Playwriting Prize, Nick Darke Award and Old Vic 12 New Voices.
Sue’s prose has won the the Molly Keane Award, HISSAC Prize, Escalator Award, Meridian Prize and has been published widely. She has been writer-in-residence on Inis Oírr, Aran Islands, and at the Heinrich Boll Cottage on Achill Island. She has also benefitted from annual artist residencies at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre, and at Ginestrelle, Assisi in Italy.
Sue is a UEA Creative Writing MA alumna. She spent eleven years in Budapest, editing Hungary A.M. She is 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.
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.