1st April 2021

Funding & Development Opportunities For Theatre Artists

The arts and culture sector is facing one of its greatest challenges to date, with theatres and galleries closed due to Covid-19 restrictions our entire industry is on its knees. In order for there to be light, and art, at the end of the tunnel we must continue to invest in our artists.

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. Full details HERE.
  • Galway Theatre Festival – Green Artists Workshop
  • Galway Theatre Festival are delighted to partner with Native Events to present a half day workshop on how arts organisations/individual art practitioners can reduce their environmental impact. The workshop will take place on Wednesday 26th of January from 1pm – 5pm. All participants will receive a fee for attending the workshop. Closing Date 20 January. Full details HERE.
  • Soho Theatre – Verity Bargate New Writing Award
    Submissions are now open for the Verity Bargate Award, Soho Theatre’s flagship new writing award with the winning play produced in a full production on our stages. Open to any playwright who has had fewer than three professional productions and who lives in the UK or Ireland. There are no restrictions on subject matter. Musicals and other forms of theatre are welcome but will only be judged on the text that is submitted. The winner receives £7,500 in respect of an exclusive option for Soho Theatre to produce the play. Closing Date 21 January 2022. Full details HERE.
  • Bush Theatre – Script Submissions Open
    Bush Theatre are looking for playwrights that tell contemporary stories with wit, style and passion. They are looking for Full length plays (running at 60 minutes or more) from writers based in the UK or Ireland. Closing Date 21 January. Full details HERE.
  • DEADLINE EXTENDED: TV Comedy | Screen Ireland: Spotlight Development Scheme
    Up to ten participants will be chosen for this scheme to develop a 30 minute TV comedy concept from initial 1-2 page pitch to detailed bible and pilot script stage. Selected writers will be awarded funding of up to €10,000 for individuals and up to €12,000 for teams of two or more writers. Closing Date 24 January. Full details HERE.
  • dlr Arts Grant – General Arts Grant, Community Small Arts Grant; Arts Access for Older People Grant 2022
  • Funding is for the period March to December 2022 only. Applications for activities must be for activities or events taking place within Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown. Closing Date 28 January. Full details HERE.
  • Babóro – LEAP Artist Workshop
  • Calling creators from underrepresented communities who have passion and curiosity for making theatre for young audiences! Applications are now open for a four day, paid workshop and community-building project open for creatives from underrepresented, ethnically diverse communities or migrant backgrounds.
  • As a participant of the workshop, you will be paid €600,(if desired) receive mentorship for 6 months, and be welcomed into a community of artists making theatre for young audiences. Closing Date 30 January 2022. Full details HERE.
  • 2022 Papatango New Writing Prize
    Submissions are now open for the 2022 Papatango prize. The competition is open to anyone resident in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland only. The script must be an original, unpublished and unproduced piece of work. The winning writer will receive £7000. Their script will be produced by Papatango in a month-long run in The Large theatre at Southwark Playhouse, London, with the writer receiving a royalty of 8% of the net box office. It will also be published by Nick Hern Books. Closing Date 30 January 2022. Full details HERE.
  • Branar – Meitheal
  • Meitheal is a creative supports initiative committed to the development, creation and presentation of performing arts for young audiences across Ireland. Meitheal provides independent artists, at all stages of their careers, with a suite of bespoke and agile supports at key stages of their creative cycle. This will enable them to realise their artistic goals and achieve sustainable practice.Closing Date 31 January. Full details HERE.
  • Centre Culturel Irlandais Paris – Romilly Walton Masters Experimental Performance Bursary
  • This award supports the making of bold, innovative, experimental performance work in the fields of theatre, music, dance, film or visual art to be experienced by audiences in France and Ireland. The award enables experimental theatre and performance makers in their early careers to develop an idea for performance during a residency in the CCI in Paris, to show the embryonic performance piece as a work-in-progress, to showcase the final work in Paris and to present it in Ireland as part of Dublin Fringe Festival. Closing Date 11 February 2022. Full details HERE.
  • Project Arts Centre – RHIZOME Green Arts Commission & Mentorship
  • Rhizome is a pilot Green Arts programme that aims to highlight the critical role of creativity, optimism, and imagination in the craft of social and environmental change, both locally and internationally. Developed through the Project Potential Programme, this is an opportunity for an early-career artist of any discipline to work closely with a local community and mentor Maeve Stone, to design a piece of work that encourages new kinds of behaviour in the context of the Climate Emergency. Closing Date 12 February. Full details HERE.