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 Duffy.

As part of the Fellowship, Clare will be commissioned to write a new play for the Traverse Theatre on the topic of 'Conflict and Reconciliation'.

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 extreme conditions."

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.




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