Sarah Grochala - Lead Researcher/Festival Director
Sarah Grochala is Senior Lecturer Writing for Theatre at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, where she leads the MA/MFA in Writing for Stage and Broadcast Media. Her research examines the use of dramatic structure in contemporary plays and the relationship between these structures and social and political structures of late capitalist society. Her PhD thesis was the joint second prize winner of the 2014 CDE Award. Her monograph, The Contemporary Political Play (Bloomsbury 2017), was shorlisted for the 2018 TaPRA Early Career Research Prize.
As a playwright, her plays include S-27, which premiered at the Finborough Theatre, London (2009) with subsequent productions at the Griffin Theatre, Sydney (2010) and the Annex Theatre, Toronto (2012). S-27 won the Amnesty International/iceandfire Protect the Human Playwriting Competition and was shortlisted for the King’s Cross Award and the Leah Ryan Prize for Emerging Women Writers. Her most recent play Star Fish was shortlisted for the 2016 Nick Darke Award. Her work as a playwright has been supported and developed by the National Theatre Studio, the RSC, Arts Council England, The Peggy Ramsay Foundation, The Orchard Project (USA) and The Studios Key West (USA).
From 2012-2016, she was an associate artist with the theatre company Headlong. She is currently a senior reader for Theatre 503 and the head of the English Committee of the Eurodram network, which promotes the translation of contemporary European plays.