20th April 2022

Funding & Development Opportunities For Theatre Artists

The arts and culture sector, and artists in particular, have faced extraordinary challenges over the past two years. As we collectively work towards recovery, the team at THISISPOPBABY want to lead and be part of the solution. As such, we have created this rolling list of opportunities for theatre artists. We have also created a series called The Playwright Sessions and an Associate Artists Programme. All intended to support and fire up our industry.

Like magpies, we’ve nabbed links and information from e-shots, tweets and mailouts about funding opportunities for theatre artists. We’ve collated them here and will update opportunities as they come in. If you have a funding opportunity you’d like us to include, give us a shout at tomorrow@thisispopbaby.com.

Love & Solidarity – the THISISPOPBABY team

  • THISISPOPBABY – The Playwright Sessions

THISISPOPBABY are creating a galvanising space for Playwrights & Theatre Writers. The Playwright Sessions is a yearlong series of online talks and masterclasses with industry heroes. Led by playwright Phillip McMahon and facilitated by Lian Bell, The Playwright Sessions series is open to professional playwrights and theatre writers working on the island of Ireland and the Irish diaspora working professionally overseas. Sessions so far have featured Mark O’Halloran, Nancy Harris, Travis Alabanza and Deirdre O’Halloran – sign-up essential. More info HERE.

  • Dublin City Council – Artist studios in Temple Bar

The Arts Office, Dublin City Council in collaboration with the Temple Bar Cultural Trust is delighted to announce a new opportunity for artist workspaces in Curved Street (formerly FilmBase building) Dublin 2.I
12 potential spaces have been identified by Dublin City Council who will be able to offer artists affordable rents for designated workspace.  The Arts Office is keen to engage with the artistic community on an open and competitive process to allocate these units. Information sessions 31 May. Full details HERE.

  • SEVN Artist Bursary 2022/23

South East Venue Network Artist Bursary Award 2022/23 -Call For Applications: The purpose of the SEVN award is to support a professional arts practitioner, artist, curator, technician or producer based in South East Ireland at any stage of their career to develop their art practice- includes a bursary of 13,500e. It will provide an arts practitioner with the time and resources to think, research, reflect and critically engage with their art.
Closing Date 3 June. Full details HERE.

  • The Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting

Open to anyone aged 16+ in the UK, Ireland and the British Territories with a story to tell. Winning plays are selected across four categories, with each winner entering into a development process with the Royal Exchange Theatre in an endeavour to bring their work to production. This year also sees the introduction of a new category: the North West Original New Voice Award and Residency, in recognition of the Prize’s Manchester home. Closing Date 6 June. Full details HERE.

  • The Irish Theatre Institute – Six in the Attic

Six in the Attic (SITA) is Irish Theatre Institute (ITI)’s artist development programme. This year long programme is dedicated to developing the practice of playwrights and theatre makers at all career levels.
Six in the Attic was established in 2011, focusing on supporting playwrights and theatre makers through mentoring, training and peer support establishing a community of artists. Closing Date 8 June. Full details HERE.

  • The Irish Theatre Institute – Virtual Attic 2022/23

In 2020 ITI established the Virtual Attic, offering additional places on the programme to non-Dublin based artists. ITI is now calling for applications from playwrights and theatre makers with ambitious creative plans for the period July 2022 to June 2023; artists who feel they will benefit from mentoring and support alongside provision of space, time and practical resources to create over a 12-month period. Closing Date 8 June. Full details HERE.

  • Small Sparks – Call for Artists

Small Sparks is project where artists have the opportunity to work with a Leitrim businesses for three weeks to explore common interest and opportunities carry benefit for both the company and the artist. There are no preconditions on what an artist (who may be from any arts discipline) might do – or what, if anything, might be produced during that time – although a materials budget is available for use. . Closing Date 10 June. Full details HERE.

  • Bank of Ireland Begin Together Arts Fund

The Fund supports or commissions artists and arts organisations to develop arts projects that engage the individuals, audiences and communities involved. All art forms are eligible to apply to The Fund. With this third round, Bank of Ireland and Business to Arts are encouraging applications from artists in any art form, which enhance the wellbeing of their communities. For this third round, only projects that plan to take place between October 2022 and December 2023 are eligible. Closing Date 23 June. Full details HERE.

  • The Arts Council – Theatre Bursary Award

The purpose of the award is to support professional artists to develop their art practice. It provides artists with the time and resources to think, research, reflect and critically engage with their art. Closing Date 23 June. Full details HERE.

  • The Arts Council – Agility Award

The Agility Award aims to support individual professional freelance artists and arts workers at any stage in their careers. Closing Date 23 June. Full details HERE.

  • Abbey Theatre – Submissions Open

After exploring different submission processes and models, The Abbey have introduced a nine-month submission window for scripts and ideas, running from February 1st 2022 to October 31st 2022. Artists Closing Date 31 October 2022. Full details HERE.