Win for TV writer Stefanie
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.
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.