Artists in residence
We work with writers, directors and theatre artists through our
Playwrights and Artists in Residence programmes.
Channel 4 Playwright - Morna Pearson
Morna Pearson is currently working as our Channel 4 Playwright.
Morna, who began her early career here as a member of our Young
Writers' Group, is an award-winning playwright who has achieved
notable successes already with her commissioned
works Distracted and Artist Man and Mother Woman. She also featured
earlier this year in our Write Here festival with the rehearsed
reading of her new work Skin; or How to Disappear.
Amongst her other awards is the Meyer-Whitworth Prize
for Distracted and she was named as one of
the Canongate 40 'artists-to-watch'
in autumn 2013, having been nominated by our own Artistic
Director Orla O'Loughlin.
Morna will now write at least one full-length play and work with
a variety of theatre practitioners here at the Traverse.
Throughout her residence at the Traverse we will be updating our
Tumblr with details of the projects she will be involved in - read
the first entry here.
IASH / Traverse Creative Fellow 2014
The Traverse Theatre and The Institute for
Advanced Studies in the Humanities(IASH) at the University of
Edinburgh are pleased to announce that this year's IASH/Traverse
Creative Fellow is the professional playwright and director, Clare
As part of the Fellowship, Clare will be commissioned to write a
new play for the Traverse Theatre on the topic of 'Conflict and
On hearing the news, Clare Duffy said: "It's an honour to
receive the IASH Creative Fellowship and see my name alongside such
acclaimed playwrights. Under the theme of 'Conflict and
Reconciliation', I'm particularly interested in current political
forces gathering in the Arctic over oil and the natural
environment. This situation presents a number of paradoxes in the
teamwork between the activists and the military presence and also
the individuals that make up each team, working together in such
Running since 2003, the annual IASH Creative Fellowship enables
a local writer, composer or director to develop their art and push
the boundaries to new levels of creative achievement. Previous
IASH-Traverse Creative Fellows include Jo Clifford, Linda McLean
and Iain Finlay McLeod.
Professor Jolyon Mitchell, IASH Academic Director, said: "IASH
is delighted to continue its partnership with the Traverse Theatre
and is very much looking forward to welcoming Clare Duffy as the
next IASH-Traverse Creative Fellow in 2014-15."
The IASH-Traverse Creative Fellowship will start in September
2014 and run for nine months.