Finegan has had 81 commissioned plays performed on five continents and translated into six languages, and was received the 2017 Mickey Miners Lifetime Achievement Award for services to international theatre for young audiences, the 2015 David Williamson Award for Excellence in Australian Playwrighting, and an inaugural recipient of the Sidney Myer Creative Fellowship.

This year 41 seasons (including five world premieres) are presented globally, with seasons in seven countries and five Australian states. In Germany, he is represented by Rowohlt Agency.

To date, Finegan’s plays have had seasons in: over 100 international festivals; all Australian states/territories; eight US national tours; five UK national tours; and at the Sydney Opera House (six works), Scotland’s Imaginate Festival (three works), New York’s Lincoln Center for the Arts (three works), DC’s Kennedy Center for the Arts (three works), Ireland’s Abbey Theatre (two works), and Shanghai’s Malan Flower Theatre (two works).headshot

As well as the Mickey Miners and David Williamson Awards, and Sidney Myer Fellowship, Finegan and his work have received 35 awards, at least one each year since 2002. These include five Australian Writers Guild (AWGIE) Awards, an honorary Tasmanian Theatre Award for Exceptional Writing, 2013 Most Excellent Theatre Award at Shanghai’s International Children’s Theatre Festival, the 2012 Helpmann Award for Children’s Theatre, 2010 Rodney Seaborn Award, 2009 Mystate Young Tasmanian Artist Award, 2008 Best Children’s Theatre Playwright Oscart, 2007 Best Playwright Oscart, 2006 Jill Blewett Playwrights Award, and 2002 Colin Thiele Scholarship. He is currently shortlisted for the Nick Enright Playwrighting Award in the 2017 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards.

Finegan has been Keynote Speaker at the Ubud Writer’s Festival (Indonesia), the ‘Mastering the Art of Education’ Conference (Lincoln Center for the Arts, New York), and the TYA USA National Conference, among others. He has delivered papers or sat on panels at conferences/festivals in Argentina, Australia, Austria, Denmark, England, Indonesia, Scotland, Sweden and the US, with papers published.

He was one of 21 selected worldwide for the ASSITEJ Next Generation (young leaders in children’s theatre), and has sat on the Tasmanian Arts Advisory Board, Australian Script Centre board, Australian Writers Guild Playwrights Committee, and Arts Tasmania’s Assistance to Individuals, Tasmanian Literary Awards and Artsbridge panels. He is currently a board member of the Story Island Project board (promoting youth literacy and empowerment through storytelling with the state’s most marginalised young people).

Finegan was born in Ireland, and emigrated to Adelaide at eight. In 2004, he moved with his wife Essie to Hobart, Tasmania, from which he now writes for national/international companies. He is committed to making strong and respectful work for children, which acknowledges them as astute audience members outside the plays, and worthy subjects within. His son Moses was born in 2014.


Lifetime Achievement Award: Mickey Miners Award for Services to International Theatre for Young Audiences (presented at IPAY Showcase, Madison WI, USA)

Nick Enright Playwriting Prize: NSW Premiers Literary Awards (currently shortlisted)
You and Me and the Space Between (Terrapin Puppet Theatre/Honolulu Theatre for Youth)


David Williamson Prize for Excellence in Australian Playwrighting

Future Leader Award: The CHASS Australia Prizes

Exceptional Writing: The Tasmanian Theatre Awards

Best Australian Children’s Play: Australian Writers Guild AWGIE Award
The Boy at the Edge of Everything (Trusty Sidekick)

Best Performance for Secondary Students: Drama Victoria Awards
The Boy at the Edge of Everything (Melbourne Theatre Company)

Best Moving Experience: The Diemen Awards
The Wanderer (East Coast Tourism)

Best Original Community Work: The Tasmanian Theatre Awards
My Heart is a Hall (Stompin)


Best Children’s Show (Fab Family Fare): Seattle Times Footlight Award
The Boy at the Edge of Everything (Seattle Children’s/Trusty Sidekick, USA)

Best Australian Children’s Play: Australian Writers Guild AWGIE Award
The Grumpiest Boy in the World (Paper Balloon, UK)

Best Theatre For Young Audiences: Australian Writers Guild AWGIE Award
The Violent Outburst That Drew Me To You (Siren Theatre/Griffin Theatre)


Most Excellent Play: Shanghai International Children’s Theatre Festival
Boats (Terrapin Puppet Theatre)

First children’s work ever selected for the RADA showcase
The Grumpiest Boy in the World (Paper Balloon)


Best Presentation for Children: Helpmann Awards
Boats (Terrapin Puppet Theatre)


Sidney Myer Creative Fellowship (inaugural – one of 12 nationally)


Rodney Seaborn Playwrights’ Award
This Girl Laughs, This Girl Cries, This Girl Does Nothing

Best New Work: Ruby Awards
Best Show (Comedy): Adelaide Theatre Guide Curtain Call Awards
Sunday Best Award: Sunday Mail
Man Covets Bird (Slingsby)

Top two places on ‘Best Theatre of 2010’: No Plain Jane review website
Number One: Ruby Bruise (The Misery Children/Vitalstatistix)
Number Two: Man Covets Bird (Slingsby)

First children’s work ever selected for Dublin Theatre Festival’s Re:Viewed
The Girl Who Forgot to Sing Badly (The Ark/Theatre Lovett)


Best Australian Children’s Play: Australian Writers’ Guild AWGIE Awards
The Tragical Life of Cheeseboy (Slingsby)

Tasmanian Young Achiever MyState Financial Arts Award

Video Clip of the Week: Rage, ABC Television
Defeating the Feeling (Mere Theory)


Best Children’s Theatre Playwright: South Australian Oscarts
The Tragical Life of Cheeseboy (Slingsby)

Ruby Award for Innovation: Ruby Awards
Winner: Bank SA Support Act Award
Best Show Second Week: International Adelaide Fringe Festival
Trouble on Planet Earth (The Border Project)


Best Playwright: South Australian Oscarts
This Uncharted Hour (Brink Productions/State Theatre of SA)
Most Innovative Play: South Australian Oscarts
Trouble on Planet Earth (The Border Project)


Jill Blewett Playwrights’ Award
This Uncharted Hour (Brink Productions/State Theatre of SA)

Best Opera: Lightyear Awards
Best Double Bill: South Australian Oscarts (with a sibling work)
Bastian und Bastienne (adapted recitativo – State Opera of SA)


Best Show: Adelaide Theatre Guide Curtain Call Awards
Drums in the Night (adaptation – Brink Productions/State Theatre SA)


Winner: National Schooling Awards
Boys Will Be Boys (Riverland Youth Theatre)


Colin Thiele Emerging Writers’ Scholarship

articles and interviews

Finegan has been writing for various arts journals since 2000. Academically, he has written and presented a number of papers at conferences in Argentina, Australia, Austria, Denmark, England, Scotland, Sweden and the US, and published in Australian and international anthologies.


The Taboo of Sadness – Why are we scared to let children be scared?
‘TYA, Culture, Society (International Essays on TYA)’, ed: Manon van de Water
Published by: Peter Lang – ‘Kinder-,Schul- und Jugendtheater’
El Apuntador – ‘Teatro para publicos jovenes’ (Spanish language)
Sydney Theatre Company – programme material for ‘Storm Boy’.


A Reader’s Story (written for a child readership)
Essay for the children’s website ‘Reading for Australia’


A Conversation with Finegan Kruckemeyer
Interview for the prestigious American arts journal, Howlround.


On treating kids and adults as equals
Interview for CultureMap, Austin TX.