Playwright-in-Residence for 2020 is John Grogan with Writers’ Group welcome sessions happening at the Museum of Literature on St. Stephen’s Green.
John Grogan is a playwright from County Offaly who has been writing for over fifteen years. He studied dramatic writing at City University London and has had work produced in Dublin (Smock Alley Theatre), Edinburgh Fringe and London (Soho Theatre). In 2019, John was winner of Scripts Ireland’s Playwriting Festival and is currently writing a play about the war of independence to be produced in Cork in March 2021.
DYT’s Playwright-in-Residence for 2019 was Louise Melinn, who led a group of 10 young writers who produced work including DOAF radio play, Dipped, by member Dan Drumm.
Michelle Read was the Playwright-in-Residence for DYT in 2018. She led a group of 8 DYT members through a series of playwriting workshops. This culminated in a reading of what the group had written at Fringe Lab on the 27th of April 2019.
In 2017 Dylan Coburn Gray was named the Irish Writers’ Centre Playwright-in-Residence at Dublin Youth Theatre. He led a group of 10 DYT members in a series of workshops on playwriting and mentored the members while they worked on their own pieces. From this group To Be A Bird by Amy Shields was selected for production as part of the First Year One Act Festival in March 2018 and Inbetweens by Faith Jones was produced in the Members’ One Act Festival in October 2018. A staged reading of the initial draft of To Be A Bird was held at the Irish Writers’ Centre in January 2018.