Fin Kennedy is an award-winning playwright whose plays are produced in the UK and abroad. He has written for Soho Theatre, Sheffield Crucible, Half Moon, The Red Room, Southwark Playhouse and has had 3 Afternoon Plays broadcast on BBC Radio 4. His 2007 play How To Disappear Completely And Never Be Found became the first unproduced play ever to win the John Whiting Award.
Fin pioneered a long-term residency model with Mulberry School for Girls, in the heart of Tower Hamlets' Bangladeshi community. He taught playwriting to students and staff for almost ten years, and written eight plays for the students to perform, four of which premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe, the first and only time an all-female Muslim group has performed there. In 2009 they were awarded the prestigious Fringe First Award from The Scotsman.
Fin has since founded Schoolwrights, the UK's first playwrights-in-schools training scheme which he initially developed for Tamasha when he was Associate Artist, and which uses Mulberry School as a training base for other writers. Fin now hopes to grow it into Tamasha's flagship education programme.
Fin is a visiting tutor on the MA Writing for Performance at Goldsmiths College and the MA Dramatic Writing programme at Central Saint Martins.
Fin is also an activist within the arts. His In Battalions report of 2013, undertaken after a chance encounter with Culture Minister Ed Vaizey, presented statistical evidence of the damage being done to new plays and playwrights by government cuts to the Arts Council. The report widespread media coverage and had questions tabled in Parliament.
Fin Kennedy was appointed on 1 October 2013
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"I am thrilled to join Tamasha as it enters the next phase of its journey. The company played a huge part in shaping the industry which I entered as a young playwright 12 years ago. It has consistently led the debate about identity, culture, how we make theatre in the modern world - and who gets to make it. These are issues very close to my heart and have always featured in my work, from Mulberry School to the Adopt-A-Playwright scheme.
Tamasha has a spectacular track record of national touring, supporting culturally diverse theatre artists, telling the stories no one else can tell and reaching audiences no one else can reach. That’s a wonderful legacy for me to build on, taking with me the existing Tamasha family of audiences and artists as the company continues to evolve. There will also be a whole raft of new initiatives to reach out to the next generation, to extend Tamasha’s ambition and reach, and to continue to put boldly innovative practice at the heart of what we do.
For 24 years Tamasha has been a cartographer of a changing world. The company is the natural home for theatre artists who want their art form to be part of a national debate, and to involve every part of modern British society. It is a great privilege to be asked to take this work to the next stage - I can’t wait to get started."
Fin Kennedy, Tamasha co-Artistic Director