From Ireland, Sue Healy is writer for stage, TV, and an award-winning prose writer. The Literary Manager at the Finborough Theatre, London, she is also a full-time Lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Lincoln, a Creative Writing tutor at City Lit and the Irish Editor at TheTheatreTimes.com. She has a PhD in modern theatre history (specialism: The Royal Court Theatre).
Her current project, a 6x60minute TV series, is under option. Her most recent stage-play, Imaginationship (2018), enjoyed a sold out, extended run at the Finborough and later showed at the Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough. Her previous stage productions include Cow (Etcetera Theatre, 2017) and Brazen (King’s Head Theatre, 2016), funded by Arts Council England. Sue’s short plays have been performed at the Criterion (Criterion New Writing Showcase), Arcola (The Miniaturists) and Hackney Attic (Fizzy Sherbet Shorts).
Sue’s work has been supported and developed by Dublin’s Abbey Theatre, the Peggy Ramsay Foundation, MGCfutures and Arts Council England. Sue was named a 2020 Hawthornden Castle Fellow. She is Regional Editor (Ireland) of TheTheatreTimes.com.
Sue’s radio work includes nine plays broadcast on BBC Radio 4 (Opening Lines winner), WLRfm and KCLR96fm.
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. She has been a finalist for BBC Scriptroom 12, Eamonn Keane Playwriting Prize, Nick Darke Award and Old Vic 12 New Voices.
Sue is a 2009 UEA Creative Writing MA alumnus. She spent eleven years in Budapest, where she edited Hungary A.M.
Awards, Residencies and Bursaries:
2020 – Hawthornden Castle Fellowship (postponed due to COVID-19)
2019 – The John Hodgson Theatre Research Trust bursary, to present a paper on the Royal Court Theatre at the IFTR 2019 World Congress in Shanghai, China.
2018 – PhD from the University of Lincoln for her thesis on the Royal Court Theatre 1968-1975; MGCfutures Bursary.
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.