Stef Smith Becomes New Traverse Associate Artist

10 August 2015 ← return to listing

Stef Smith Becomes New Traverse Associate Artist

The Traverse Theatre is delighted to announce that playwright Stef Smith, whose work Swallow is premiered as part of Traverse Festival 2015, has accepted the honorary post of Traverse Associate Artist.  Stef joins the company's esteemed cohort of Associate Artists - a group of writers and directors who work closely with the theatre, sharing and supporting its commitment to new writing and talent development.  Traverse Theatre Associate Artists include playwrights David Greig, Morna Pearson and Tim Price.

Swallow is Stef's first commission for the Traverse Theatre.  Directed by Traverse Artistic Director, Orla O'Loughlin, it is presented on the theatre's main stage and runs throughout the Traverse Festival. The poetic script is brought to life by Orla O'Loughlin's innovative and visually striking direction. In exploring the inner and outer lives of the characters, we are taken on a rich and emotional journey from the darkest parts of the human condition to the redemptive power of human love and interaction.  

Stef Smith commented: "I'm extremely humbled and very excited to be invited to be an Associate Artist at the Traverse Theatre. No matter where in the world I go this building will always be a particularly special place for me, so to be formally attached to it means a lot both professionally and personally. I can't wait to jump in with both feet and embrace all that it means to be part of the associate team."

Orla O'Loughlin, Traverse Theatre Artistic Director commented: "It's really exciting to have Stef cement her relationship with the Traverse by becoming one of our Associate Artists. She shares our commitment to asking the big questions and inspires other artists to explore innovative ways of creating and realising work. It's really thrilling for me personally having worked so closely with Stef to bring her latest work Swallow to the stage as part of our Festival 2015 programme. It's the perfect moment to formalise the dynamic and vital relationship we have begun". 

Stef won an Olivier Award for her work on the show Roadkill in 2012, and is also known for Falling Flying…. In 2013, she was part of the Royal Court Theatre's inaugural National Writers' Programme and she is currently under commission from the Royal Court.

Congratulations to Stef, and welcome to the Traverse Team.


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