FINDING FRIEL with Matt Torney – October 16th

FINDING FRIEL Hosted By Matt Torney and Alan Stanford

Friday, October 16, 2020 | 2:00-3:00pm

We are back to Ireland this week with a look into the life and work of Brian Friel. Friel was an Irish dramatist, short story writer and founder of the Field Day Theatre Company and is considered one of the greatest living English-language dramatists. He has been likened to an “Irish Chekhov” and described as “the universally accented voice of Ireland” by the Sunday Times.

Joining us on this journey is Artistic Director of the Theatre Outfit (and PICT director) Matt Torney. Don’t miss this in-depth, 60 minute discussion Friday October 16 at 2pm!

Originally from Belfast, Matt Torney worked as a freelance director in Ireland before moving to the United States in 2006 to complete an MFA in directing at Columbia University. Torney is the current Artistic Director of the Theatrical Outlet in Atlanta, GA. Prior to joining Theatrical Outfit, he was the Associate Artistic Director of Studio Theatre, one of the leading contemporary theatre companies in DC, and the Director of Programming for Origin Theatre, an Off-Broadway company whose mission is to bring the best of European new writing to the USA. Additionally, Torney served as an Associate Director of Rough Magic in Dublin from 2005-2017, one of Ireland’s leading independent theatre companies for over 30 years.

Matt Torney directs both new plays and dynamic productions of classics, with a focus on deep work with actors, and creating vivid imagery through design. Recent work includes Doubt by John Patrick Shanley (nominated for three Helen Hayes Awards), If I Forget by Steven Levenson (nominated for three Helen Hayes Awards), MotherStruck! by Staceyann Chin (nominated for 2 Helen Hayes Awards including ‘Best Production’), and The Hard Problem by Tom Stoppard.