Finegan Kruckemeyer has had 71 commissioned plays performed on five continents and translated into five languages. To date, Finegans work has enjoyed seasons in: over 70 international festivals; six US national tours; six UK national tours; all Australian states/territories; and at the Sydney Opera House, New Yorks New Victory Theater, Edinburghs Imaginate Festival, Dublins Abbey Theatre, Shanghais Malan Flower Theatre, and DCs Kennedy Center. Finegan and his work have received (among others) the 2012 Helpmann Award for Childrens Theatre, 2011 Sidney Myer Creative Fellowship, 2010 Rodney Seaborn Award, 2009 AWGIE Award (Best Australian Childrens Play), 2008 Oscart (Best Childrens Playwright), 2007 Oscart (Best Playwright), 2006 Jill Blewett Award, and 2002 Colin Thiele Scholarship. Finegan was Keynote Speaker at the 2013 One Theatre World North American TYA conference, and has spoken at conferences/festivals in Argentina, Australia, Austria, Denmark, England, Scotland, Sweden and the US, with essays published and his work studied in several US universities. He currently sits on the Australian Script Centre board, and Arts Tasmanias Assistance to Individuals, Tasmanian Literary Awards, and Artsbridge panels. He is committed to making strong and respectful work for children, which acknowledges them as astute audience members outside the plays, and worthy subjects within. Finegan lives in Tasmania with his wife Essie.
'Funny without being patronising, and serious without seeming earnest... The Violent Outburst That Drew Me To You develops a hallucinatory quality which feels just right.' -- Jason Blake, The Sydney Morning Herald