Dylan Coburn Gray & David Coonan

International Mentorship & Bursary 2017/18
Mentor: Anna-Sophie Mahler


Dylan Coburn Gray

Dylan  is a writer based in Dublin. His work has won praise for its innovative use of language and playful approach to form, blurring the line between poetry and drama. He has just received the 2017 Verity Bargate Award for his play Citysong.
Other plays include Boys and Girls (Dublin Fringe Festival 2013, winner of the Fishamble Best New Writing Award, nominated for the Stewart Parker Trust Award); Blackcatfishmusketeer (Dublin Fringe Festival 2016, Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2017); this is a room… (Dublin Theatre Festival 2017).

He is a collaborating writer with Malaprop Theatre, winners of the 2015 Spirit of Fringe Award for Love+. With them he has co-written Jericho (Bewley’s Café Theatre) and Everything Not Saved (Dublin Fringe Festival 2017).


David Coonan

David is a Dublin-based composer. His works have been performed by, among others, the London Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, the RAM Manson Ensemble, EXAUDI vocal ensemble, and Belfast city organist Colm Carey.

He was a featured composer in the RTÉ NSO’s Horizons Series in January 2015, which saw the premiere of Sarcasms, an RTÉ commission, as well as his violin concerto Träumerei with soloist Kristine Balanas. In 2016 the BBC Symphony Orchestra premiered his orchestral work Vain Prayer as part of a Sound and Music/BBCSO ‘Embedded’ composer residency. In the theatre, he has written music for Marina Carr’s adaptation of Anna Karenina (2016), directed by Wayne Jordan at the Abbey Theatre.


As part of the Pan Pan International Mentorship, David and Dylan will be working on paired pieces of music theatre, one short and one long; they haven’t ruled out Robert Schumann showing up, but the definite territory of both pieces is how patterning means – how quality isn’t always detail – in music, language, memory, and life.