Fin Kennedy is an award-winning British playwright of theatre and radio whose plays are regularly produced in the UK and abroad.
Alongside writing, Fin also teaches, blogs, campaigns, fundraises, dramaturgs and mentors other writers - with a particular focus on young people's projects in London's East End. Since November 2013 Fin has been Artistic Director of touring theatre company Tamasha, which produces new plays by culturally diverse writers.
Fin's first play Protection was produced at Soho Theatre in 2003, where he was also Pearson writer-in-residence. His second play How To Disappear Completely and Never Be Found won the 38th Arts Council John Whiting Award and has been produced around the world. It has also become a firm favourite with student and amateur performance groups and is among Nick Hern Books’ most licensed plays. Fin has over ten years’ experience writing for teenagers, often through a process of being embedded in an inner city school or youth theatre. Fin’s first two plays for teenagers, Locked In and We Are Shadows were produced by Half Moon Young People’s Theatre in 2006 and 2008 and toured nationally, the first in a long track record of writing for young people. His latest, Life Raft, for Bristol Old Vic Young Company, has been translated into German and French for use in schools across Europe.
From 2007-2014 Fin was writer-in-residence at Mulberry School for Girls in Tower Hamlets, where he co-founded Mulberry Theatre Company (MTC), for whom he has written seven plays which premiered in Edinburgh and London. MTC’s 2009 production of The Unravelling made history when it was awarded a Fringe First from the Scotsman – the first time a school has ever received this accolade.
Fin’s plays for Mulberry are published in two volumes by Nick Hern Books and are regularly produced by other schools, contributing to a canon of diverse parts for the UK’s young people. Fin now lectures and trains other writers in working in this embedded way within inner city communities.
At Tamasha, this experience has evolved into Schoolwrights, the UK's first playwrights-in-schools training scheme which every year produces a crop of new short plays with culturally diverse themes. Fin has also founded Tamasha Playwrights, a new agency of diverse playwrights-for-hire. As Artistic Director and dramaturg he produced the 2013 national tour of My Name Is by Sudha Bhuchar, and 2015’s national tour of Blood by Emteaz Hussain as well as the forthcoming Mother India by Satinder Chohan.
Fin also writes for radio and has had four Afternoon Plays broadcast on BBC Radio 4 including The Good Listener, a returning series set inside Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) and examining the internal culture of a secretive institution.
Fin writes a well-read theatre industry blog at www.finkennedy.blogspot.co.uk about playwriting, teaching and arts politics. He is also an occasional contributor to The Guardian and The Stage.