Michelle Read will present an overview of her work as an award winning playwright and theatre-maker followed by Q&A / discussion around self-producing and dramaturgical development. Open to theatre makers and theatre lovers interested in what goes on behind the scenes.
Funded by the Arts Council and Tipperary County Council
MICHELLE READ is an award-winning playwright and theatre-maker with a background in comedy.
She has a track record in the professional production of new writing and experimental theatre and co-ran READCO / Living Space Theatre with director Tara Derrington for twelve years. Her writing awards include the Stewart Parker/BBC NI Drama Award, the Hugh Leonard new play award, an Ondas Spanish broadcast award, and an Edinburgh Fringe First. Michelle has been playwright-in-residence with the Civic Theatre, and is currently a playwriting mentor for the Tenderfoot Youth Arts Apprenticeship Programme at the Civic.
In 2021 Michelle presented her memoir piece On A House Like A Fire, about remembering her mother Margaret and made in collaboration with the composer Brian Keegan, for the Bealtaine Festival At Home from Smock Alley. She also presented her latest play Bang! a drama comedy about love and identity, as part of the Dublin Theatre Festival 2021 at Smock Alley.
Michelle received the inaugural Age & Opportunity Creative Aging Writing Bursary this year and is currently a member of Six In The Attic with Irish Theatre Institute.
As an independent artist her aims are to challenge and develop her creative practise through collaboration and production, and to produce diverse, engaging, emotionally complex stories for the theatre. Her focus often lies in exploring female perspectives and identities and she regularly experiments with form.