Fin Kennedy won the first Fringe First ever awarded for a schools production and has led the way in the UK in terms of training writers for schools with his programme Schoolwrights. He is also the Artistic Director of Tamasha theatre company.
Fin Kennedy is also 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 has 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 generated widespread media coverage and had questions tabled in Parliament.