Stef Smith Becomes New Traverse Associate Artist
10 August 2015 ← return to listing
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.