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. The first session will take place on 13 October – sign-up essential. Full details HERE.
  • Dublin City Council – Creative Hubs Programme
  • Dublin City Council’s Creative Hubs Programme, an initiative of Dublin City Arts Office and Libraries, invites proposals from experienced producing companies – organisations, venues or festivals – to work with us in partnership to produce and present new theatre or dance performance work for children in Dublin City’s Creative Hub Libraries and/or in primary schools/community centres during 2022. Dublin City Council offers max €25,000 to include production contribution and performances. Closing Date 30 November. Full details HERE.
  • Dublin City Council Arts Office – Artane Place Artist Workspaces
  • The Arts Office, Dublin City Council in collaboration with Xestra Asset Management is delighted to announce a new opportunity for four artist workspaces in Artane Place (formerly known as Butterly Business Park) Dublin 5. Xestra Asset Management have offered four units to Dublin City Council for use of Artist Workspaces. The Arts Office in turn wishes to consult with the arts community to establish demand for these spaces and to proceed to allocate these units in an open and transparent process. It is intended that artists will be provided with a turn key workspace. Closing Date 3 December. Full details HERE.
  • Abbey Theatre – Resident Director Programme
  • The Abbey Theatre have announced a new initiative designed to support and develop four resident directors on a year-long attachment to the theatre, commencing January 2022. The paid directors’ residency with the theatre will provide exposure to the workings of the theatre, masterclasses and professional workshops as well as encouraging the practice and individuation of each artist. Closing Date 3 December. Full details HERE.
  • Performance Corporation – SPACE Residency 2022
  • The SPACE Programme 2022 is now open for applications. This latest edition of The Performance Corporation’s collaborative artists residency will focus on the crossover between Arts and Immersive Technology, such as Virtual Reality and Mixed Reality. SPACE offers artists and immersive tech creatives, from a wide variety of backgrounds, the opportunity to work collaboratively and experiment with new forms and ideas. Closing Date 3 December. Full details HERE.
  • The Mavens – Professional Development Programme 1st Feb – 30th Sep 2022
    Introducing a new playwright professional development programme providing career support for female identifying writers aged 35+. In a small peer group, writers will be paid to explore, through reading and discussion, representation of older female characters on stage with dramaturg Pamela McQueen. Established Irish female playwrights, Michelle Read, Gina Moxley, Noelle Brown and Deirdre Kinahan will facilitate a group class and one individual mentorship meeting for each participant. Closing Date 5 December. Full details HERE.
  • Cork Midsummer Festival – Jane Anne Rothwell Award
  • Open Call for emerging artists for Cork Midsummer Festival’s Jane Anne Rothwell Award. The award is a prize of €5,000 awarded annually to an emerging artist – either from Cork, or based in Cork – working in any discipline, who identifies as female. Jane Anne Rothwell was the inspirational Chair of Cork Midsummer Festival from 2013 – 2018. A leading figure in Cork’s legal and business community, Jane Anne was an incredible mentor to, and champion of, women in the arts. Closing Date 20 December. Full details HERE.
  • The Emma O’Kane Bursary 2022 is a new award for independent artists who want to think beyond the boundaries of their art form and practice and to explore dance or a physical language in their work.  It honours the exceptional ethos and artistic practice of artist Emma O’Kane who died in 2021. The bursary is open to artists of all types and talents. Closing Date 7 January 2022. Full details HERE.
  • Centre Culturel Irlandais Paris – Residencies
  • Applications are now open for the 2022-23 residency programme at CCI Paris. Through the residencies and its diverse cultural programme, the Centre Culturel Irlandais showcases Ireland’s dynamic contemporary culture on an international stage. Applicants must be Irish citizens or normally resident on the island of Ireland, with professional involvement in creative practice. Closing Date 12 January 2022. Full details HERE.
  • RTÉ – Storyland 2022
  • RTÉ and Fís Éireann/Screen Ireland seek new creative talent to commission brand new drama to be broadcast on RTÉ2 and RTÉ Player. Storyland short dramas will broadcast on RTÉ2 as well as RTÉ Player, providing a wider platform for new drama talent and increased funding for these original Irish drama commissions. Closing Date 12 December. 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.
  • 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.