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.

  • Irish Theatre Institute – Contact Point

Contact Point is a series of online conversations for theatre/multidisciplinary artists and arts workers. You are invited to join the conversation where you will connect with others and challenge stereotypes together. CONTACT POINT is facilitated by Tatiana Santos (Research and Development Officer at Mother Tongues and Socially Engaged Artist working collaboratively with young people at Tallaght Community Arts). More info HERE.

  • Culture Night – Artist Commission

Culture Night Dublin is inviting proposals from professional artists, born in or currently living in Dublin, for Awaken The Metropolis, an artistic response to public spaces in our capital city and the communities therein. Three artist commissions, to the value of €2,000 each, are being supported by Dublin City Council. Each work will be presented as part of Culture Night Dublin 2022 on Friday, 23 September. Closing Date 1 July. Full details HERE.

  • The New Theatre – New Writing Week

The New Theatre are seeking new play writing voices for inclusion in a series of performed readings, which will take place on The New Theatre stage. These new play readings will be read live by professional actors to a live audience. Selected writers will receive critical analysis feedback from our panel of dramaturgs and fellow artists. Post reading audience engagement will be encouraged.Closing Date 11 July. Full details HERE.

  • AboutFace NEWvember New Plays Festival – Submissions Open

NEWvember is a festival of rehearsed readings of new plays that takes place over one weekend at venues across Dublin, produced by AboutFACE Ireland. There is no fee for submissions and all plays are read blind of name or gender by our panel. The spirit of NEWvember is to provide a dynamic, interactive and comfortable place where writers can hear their plays read by professional actors, and discuss their work and creative process with the audience.Closing Date 15 July. Full details HERE.

  • Yale Drama Series – Playwriting Competition

The Yale Drama Series is seeking submissions for its 2023 playwriting competition. The winner of this annual competition will be awarded the David Charles Horn Prize of $10,000, publication of their manuscript by Yale University Press, and a celebratory event. Worldwide submissions are accepted. Closing Date 15 August. 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.