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.

  • 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.

  • 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.