From Ireland, Sue Healy is writer for stage, TV, radio, and an award-winning prose writer. A full-time Lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Lincoln, she has a PhD in modern theatre history (specialism: The Royal Court Theatre). She is Literary Manager at the Finborough Theatre, London. Her guide book to theatre literary management is published by Routledge, December 2022.
Her TV project, Trafadden, a 6x60minute TV series, is under option with Playhouse Studios. Additionally, she is co-writing a 8x60minute YA dramady TV series with Lisa Wolfinger of Lone Wolf Media.
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 radio work includes nine plays broadcast on BBC Radio 4 (2016 Opening Lines winner), WLRfm and KCLR96fm.
Her prose has won The Molly Keane Award, HISSAC Prize, Escalator Award, Meridian Prize and her short stories have 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 was named a 2022 Hawthornden Castle Fellow. She 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’s work has been supported and developed by Dublin’s Abbey Theatre, the Peggy Ramsay Foundation, MGCfutures and Arts Council England.
She is Regional Editor (Ireland) of TheTheatreTimes.com.
Sue is a UEA Creative Writing MA alumnus. She spent eleven years in Budapest, where she edited Hungary A.M.
2022 – Hawthornden Castle Fellowship.
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.