New Artistic Director Announced
Fin Kennedy appointed as co-Artistic DirectorPlaywright and producer Fin Kennedy joins Tamasha as co-Artistic Director from November 2013. Co-founders Sudha Bhuchar and Kristine Landon-Smith planned for succession in spring 2015 when Sudha will step down and Fin will collaborate with Sudha for the next 18 months on the company’s current artistic programme. During this time he will plan for the company’s future beyond spring 2015.
Fin is an award-winning playwright, teacher, project manager, and arts commentator. He has been a Tamasha Associate Artist since 2011, pioneering ‘Schoolwrights’, a writer-education partnership programme with London schools. This was developed from his residency with Mulberry School in Tower Hamlets (which included taking plays to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, including the first school production ever to win the Scotsman’s prestigious Fringe First Award).
His plays include How To Disappear Completely And Never Be Found (Sheffield Crucible - John Whiting award), Unstated (The Red Room at Southwark Playhouse), We Are Shadows and Locked In (Half Moon Young People’s Theatre national tours) and Protection (Soho Theatre, 2003) as well as several plays for BBC Radio 4. He is the author of In Battalions, an independent report about the effects of funding cuts on new plays and playwriting in England.
Fin Kennedy: “I am thrilled to join Sudha as Tamasha enters the next phase of its journey. Tamasha played a huge part in shaping the industry which I entered as a young playwright 12 years ago. It has consistently led the debate about identity, culture, how we make theatre in the modern world - and who gets to make it. These are issues very close to my heart and have always featured in my work, from Mulberry School to the Adopt-A-Playwright scheme.
Tamasha has a spectacular track record of national touring, supporting culturally diverse theatre artists, telling the stories no one else can tell and reaching audiences no one else can reach. That’s a wonderful legacy for me to build on, taking with me the existing Tamasha family of audiences and artists as the company continues to evolve. There will also be a whole raft of new initiatives to reach out to the next generation, to extend Tamasha’s ambition and reach, and to continue to put boldly innovative practice at the heart of what we do.
For 24 years Tamasha has been a cartographer of a changing world. The company is the natural home for theatre artists who want their art form to be part of a national debate, and to involve every part of modern British society. It is a great privilege to be asked to take this work to the next stage - I can’t wait to get started.”
Shernaz Engineer, Board Member: “We are delighted to appoint Fin. His ideas for the company are extremely clear, well thought through and inspiring. We were particularly impressed with his entrepreneurial approach to all aspects of the company’s work, from major touring productions to capitalising on its work with developing artists.”
Sudha Bhuchar, Tamasha co-founder and co-Artistic Director: “Fin embodies a truly pioneering outlook, which has been Tamasha’s hallmark over the last 24 years. He possesses an inspiring combination of talent, drive and humility. His career to date demonstrates a unique ability to look beyond his own voice; and inspire artists from diverse backgrounds.
I am hugely excited by Fin’s vision for Tamasha’s next chapter which continues the company's evolution from its British Asian roots to an intracultural outlook. His ideas, both for productions and empowering artists to be entrepreneurial and shape their own futures, reflect a deep knowledge and desire to explore cross-cultural encounters. I am very proud of the role the company has played in nurturing artists, and indeed Fin himself is an example of the success of Tamasha’s unique ladder of opportunity. Tamasha means ‘commotion’ and we set out to cause a stir - I have no doubt Fin will continue to do this.”
Tim Supple, Artistic Director, Dash Arts; interview panel member: “Fin Kennedy is an exciting and bold appointment. Alongside Sudha Bhuchar and the Tamasha team, Fin will take this ground-breaking company on a new adventure. With his passionate and genuine commitment to encouraging younger artists and remarkable energy for new and creative approaches to theatre that engage with current cultural and social realities, Fin will be an inspirational artistic director.”
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