20th April 2022

Funding & Development Opportunities for Playwrights

The arts and culture sector has faced one of its greatest challenges to date, with theatres and galleries closed due to Covid-19 restrictions our entire industry fell to 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 playwrights. 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. We have had two sessions since October and the next will happen in the new year – sign-up essential. Full details HERE.

  • What is a Play? Responses and Reflections from Ireland’s Playwrights and Theatre Makers

Irish Theatre Institute (ITI) has launched PLAYOGRAPHYIreland’s publication What is a Play? Responses and Reflections from Ireland’s Playwrights and Theatre Makers. This is available HERE. Please share far and wide! All of the videos from What is a Play? Symposium are available 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.