We are thrilled to announce that our 2023/24 Resident Writer is award-winning playwright, performer, and director, Isla Cowan.

Isla specialises in making ecofeminist theatre, and is committed to exploring issues of class, gender, and ecology in her work. Isla won the 2022 Assembly ART Award and the 2021 Alpine Fellowship Theatre Prize for her acclaimed fringe play She Wolf, and was nominated for the 2022 Filipa Bragança Award for best female solo performance. Isla’s plays have also been recently shortlisted for the St Andrews Playwriting Award and the Phil Fox Award.

Playwriting credits include, To the Bone (Pitlochry Festival Theatre), She Wolf (Assembly Roxy), Progress Review (Stellar Quines, Traverse Theatre), Alright Sunshine (A Play, A Pie and A Pint, Òran Mór), And… And… And… (Strange Town Touring Company, Traverse Theatre), Jack and the Beanstalk (Hopscotch Theatre Company), and Daphne, or Hellfire (Pleasance), amongst others.

Our Resident Writer opportunity comes with a commission to write and develop a new piece of theatre coupled with a support package that includes dramaturgical advice and a public rehearsed reading of the play.

A prestigious university. An elite female drinking society. How far will Anna go to fit in? An explosive new play about power, privilege, and identity.

Tickets for the Rehearsed Reading on 17 May are available here.

You can also read more about Isla’s work here: www.islacowan.com