Win for TV writer Ste­fanie

Irish Examiner - County - - News - Sean O’Rior­dan

The writer of the six-part com­edy/drama se­ries Can’t Cope,

Won’t Cope, which was a hit when screened by RTÉ last year, is the lat­est win­ner of a Cork Per­son of the Month award.

The com­edy/ drama se­ries re­ceived rave re­views and placed Ste­fanie Preiss­ner very much in the me­dia spot­light.

The 29- year- old from Mal­low has since been com­mis­sioned for more se­ries by RTÉ and Chan­nel 4. She has a semi­au­to­bi­o­graph­i­cal book coming out in Oc­to­ber.

Her one- woman theatre show, Sol­padeine Is My Boy

friend, en­joyed sell-out runs in Dublin, be­fore tour­ing in­ter­na­tion­ally to Bucharest, Ed­in­burgh and Aus­tralia. As a ra­dio play, it be­came RTÉ’s most down­loaded pod­cast.

Manus O’Cal­laghan, who or­gan­ises the Cork Per­son of the Year Awards, said Ste­fanie’s me­te­oric rise in the en­ter tain­ment busi­ness has been phe­nom­e­nal. He be­lieves she is well on her way to be­com­ing an in­ter­na­tional star.

“I think it’s fair to say that she rep­re­sents a gen­er­a­tional shift in how ma­te­rial is writ­ten and de­vel­oped for TV and she’s a fan­tas­tic am­bas­sador not only for Ire­land but also for her na­tive Mal­low,” said Mr O’Cal­laghan.

Along­side her ca­reer as a screen­writer and play­wright, Ste­fanie has been nom­i­nated for sev­eral awards as an ac­tor.

She grad­u­ated from UCC with a BA in Drama and Theatre Stud­ies, and Span­ish. Her work has also been ex­plored in a chap­ter of Rad­i­cal Con­tem­po­rary Theatre Prac­tices by Women in Ire­land (Careysfort Press, 2015).

Ste­fanie, who won a ris­ing star award from Ir­ish Screen Amer­ica last Oc­to­ber, was also nom­i­nated for Tatler’s Woman of the Year in Film and Drama.

She has given guest lec­tures in Ire­land’ s lead­ing univer­si­ties and reg­u­larly con­trib­utes to well-known pub­li­ca­tions in Ire­land and abroad.

As win­ner of the August award, Ste­fanie Preiss­ner’s name will go for­ward, with the other monthly win­ners, for pos­si­ble se­lec­tion as Cork Per­son of the Year 2017.

The over­all win­ner will be un­veiled at a gala awards lunch in mid-Jan­uary 2018.

Pic­ture: Tony O’Con­nell Pho­tog­ra­phy.

Ste­fanie Preiss­ner, Cork Per­son of the Month, with (from left) Pat Le­mas­ney, South­ern Ad­ver­tis­ing; Robin O’Sul­li­van, AM O’Sul­li­van PR; Manus O’Cal­laghan, awards or­gan­iser; and Ken Hor­gan, Lexus Cork.

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