The Gaiety School of Acting is delighted to have Michelle Read teach this wonderful and innovative Dramatic Writing Course.  Michelle is an award-winning playwright and theatre-maker. She has written mainly for stage and radio, but also for RTE TV’s continuing drama series Fair City (2004 – 2008). Her awards include the Hugh Leonard Bursary and the Eamon Keane Full-Length Play Award for Snakelight (2009), the Stewart Parker/BBC Northern Ireland Drama Award for The Other Side (2003), an Ondas Award for international radio for A Day In The Life of Kitty Sway (2000), and an Edinburgh Fringe First for Romantic Friction (1998).

Introduction to Dramatic Writing is suitable for those new to dramatic writing. It is a practical ten-week course that explores contemporary playwriting both on the page and in performance.  It provides the new writer with an introduction to character, story creation and dialogue writing. Participants are led through a series of practical writing exercises, discussions and examples in order to create and develop their own dramatic idea. The course also includes a theatre trip, in order to explore the transition of a play from the “map” of the script, to a live work in performance.

For more information on the course please visit our website: or call reception on 016799277 for more information.

Michelle is currently Playwright in Residence at the Civic Theatre, Tallaght, where she is collaborating with primary school children on a series of short plays with, and for children, as well as writing a new full-length, play for adults. Most recently her tiny play The Nation’s Assets was part of Fishamble Theatre Company’s Tiny Plays For Ireland (Project, March 2012).

Michelle’s association with the Gaiety School of Acting began in 2001 when she wrote the first of two graduation shows (Lower Than The Heart, 2001 and latterly Toxic, 2011). She has facilitated the dramatic writing courses since 2008.