5th November 2021

Funding & Development Opportunities 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! The What is a Play? Symposium will be available on ITI’s Youtube Page shortly.
  • 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.
  • (UK) – Moniack Mhor (Scotland) Jessie Kessom Fellowship:
  • The successful candidate will receive time and space to develop their work, as well as opportunities to expand their practice. This includes a stipend of £350 per week, plus accommodation (Live on-site at Moniack Mhor from Sunday 6th March to 25th March 2022). The fellowship is open to established writers working in fiction, poetry, non-fiction or playwriting. To be eligible for the fellowship, applicants must have had at least one major piece of work published by a UK publishing house (for example, one novel, one short-story collection, one poetry pamphlet or had one professional production of their work staged)  The Fellowship is open to UK-based writers. Closing Date 6 December. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.