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About suehealy

From Ireland, Sue Healy is Literary Manager at the Finborough Theatre, London, a full-time Lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Lincoln. Her book on theatre literary management is published by Routledge, December 2022. Sue is an award-winning writer for stage, TV, and prose writer. TV Her current project, a 6x60minute TV series, is under option. She is under commission with Lone Wolf Media, producers behind PBS’ “Mercy Street”, to co-write the pilot and treatment for a six-part TV series. Stage 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). Radio Her radio work includes nine plays broadcast on BBC Radio 4 (Opening Lines winner), WLRfm and KCLR96fm. Prose Sue 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. She has also benefitted from annual artist residencies at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre, and at Ginestrelle, Assisi in Italy. An academic with a PhD in modern theatre history, specifically the Royal Court Theatre, Sue has presented her research internationally. She 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 alumnus.

Write Up

Thank you to the Munster Express and Matt Keane for this piece on my upcoming guidebook, published by Routledge:


Countdown to Publication!

My Routledge book is out next month and is available on pre-order on December 5th (also with this 20% discount code). It’s a practical guide to theatre literary management and a necessary addition to your theatre library. And, as a key responsibility of the literary manager is to foster, nurture and encourage the early career writer, this book is brimming with direction, advice and resources for all writers, from every discipline. There is a wealth of interviews with key industry figures, and lists of funding opportunities, residencies, payment advice, employment tips and direction on getting your play commissioned and thoughts on how a writer can improve their work and make it more appealing to theatres, and other gatekeepers of the wider writing world and as such is a useful tool for playwrights, screenwriters, novelists and non-fiction writers. So now you all know what you really want for Christmas!

The Literary Manager’s Toolkit

Getting your Play Commissioned

Excited to be invited again to deliver a workshop for Proud Haddock Theatre. An informative, fun and very useful event for all playwrights. Do sign up:


ETPEP winner selected

It has been a joy to be on the panel for this year’s super strong ETPEP Award. National playwriting competitions such as these provide insight into what’s eating us, even a sense of what is to come. Congrats to significant emerging talent Saana Sze, a name I’m sure you’ll hear frequently from now on.

Online Workshop!!

I’m giving an online workshop for Proud Haddock Theatre. Roll up, roll up!

For more info

Literary Manager’s Toolkit

My forthcoming guidebook is currently with production at Routledge, but a description is now up on their site. Exciting!

The Literary Manager's Toolkit: A Practical Guide for the Theatre


The Literary Manager’s Toolkit: A Practical Guide for the Theatre

The Literary Manager’s Toolkit is a clear and comprehensive guide to the role of the literary manager in theatre and beyond, focusing on the key skills, networks and processes that underpin a successful career in this and associated roles.

This book outlines the tasks and responsibilities of a literary manager in the selection, development, and production of new plays.

In the first part, it outlines the how, when and why of the literary manager’s main activities, equipping the reader with everything that they will need when approaching this role’s central challenges.

The second part provides a selection of practical, accessible and easy-to-follow materials and workshop suggestions for literary managers who will work with playwrights as they develop their creative writing and dramaturgy skills. This is the go-to resource for the working professional literary manger or dramaturg, and for students on dramaturgy courses in theatre degree programmes.

An Interview

Thanks to Gwen Walstrand for this wonderful portrait, and to the News & Star for this marvellous write up:

Sue Healy on chasing a full life

Playwriting Intensive

Exciting times ahead! Jacqueline Bolton and I are excited to launch the inaugural Playwriting Intensive on July 4th & 5th, 2022, as part of the University of Lincoln’s Festival of Creativity. The event will feature 2-hour workshops from four top-flight playwrights: Carmen Nasr, Simon Stephens, April de Angelis and Anders Lustgarten.

Comparative Drama Article on Finborough Theatre

Very pleased to see my article on the Finborough published in The Comparative Drama Special Edition on London’s Theatre: Places, Communities, Futures’ (56:1&2) available on the Comparative Drama journal site as well as on Project MUSE. Here are the links:

A Guide to Theatre Literary Management

I’ve delivered my guide book on the Theatre Literary Manager to Routledge. It’ll be published in the autumn. I’m massively grateful to all the absolute legends who contributed via interviews, photos, information – I hope I’ve done you all proud. Theatre has the best people.