Finegan has had 81 commissioned plays performed on five continents and translated into six languages, and was an inaugural recipient of the $160,000 Sidney Myer Creative Fellowship. This year 46 seasons (including 14 premieres) are presented worldwide. 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; ten US national tours; five UK national tours; and at the Sydney Opera House (six works), Ireland’s Dublin Theatre Festival (two works), Scotland’s Imaginate Festival (two works), Shanghai’s Malan Flower Theatre, New York’s Lincoln Center for the Arts and New Victory Theater (three works), and DC’s Kennedy Center for the Arts (three works)

As well as the Sidney Myer Fellowship, Finegan and his work have received at least one award each year for the past 13, including five Australian Writers Guild (AWGIE) Awards, the 2015 David Williamson Prize for Excellence in Australian Playwrighting, 2015 CHASS Future Leader Award, five 2014 Blue Room Awards (inc. Best Production and Audience Choice), 2012 Helpmann Award for Children’s Theatre, 2010 Rodney Seaborn Award, 2009 Mystate Young Tasmanian Artist Award, 2006 Jill Blewett Award and 2002 Colin Thiele Scholarship.

Finegan was Keynote Speaker at the 2015 Lincoln Center for the Arts Summer Forum (USA), and has spoken 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 sits on the Story Island Project Board, Tasmanian Arts Advisory Board and AWG Playwrights Committee, and formerly the Australian Script Centre board and Arts Tasmania’s Assistance to Individuals, Tasmanian Literary Awards and Artsbridge panels.

Finegan was born in Ireland, and came to Adelaide, Australia aged 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.

2015

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

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

2014

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)

2013

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)

2012

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

2011

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

2010

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)

2009

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)

2008

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)

2007

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)

2006

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)

2005

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

2004

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

2002

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.