10th October 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

  • 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.

  • Smock Alley Theatre – Baptise Programme

Smock Alley is looking for submissions for the 2023 edition of its flagship Rachel Baptiste programme, a paid and mentored script development programme for black Irish theatre makers and writers of colour. Are you a theatre maker? Are you a writer of colour from a discipline outside the performing arts? Are you interested in writing for the stage? Are you ready to commit time to exploring ideas, and then expanding into new drafts? Did you ever want to work with a dramaturg? How about handing your script over to actors? Then the Baptise programme could be for you. Closing Date 31 October. 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.

  • Irish Theatre Institute – Phelim Donlon Bursary

Irish Theatre Institute (ITI) in association with Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Annaghmakerrig are delighted to announce the call for the 8th Phelim Donlon Playwright’s Bursary & Residency. The award comprises an ITI writers’ bursary of €2,000 and a 2 weeks’ fully resourced residency in Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Annaghmakerrig. The shortlisted artists will each receive €500.Closing Date 4 November. Full details HERE.

  • Scene + Heard Festival 2023 – Submissions Open

Applications are now open for Scene + Heard, a festival of new work and works in progress, taking place in Smock Alley Theatre in February 2023. Closing Date 6 November. Full details HERE.

  • Dublin City Council – Incubation Space

Applications are now open for the Incubation Space Award 2023. The Award is intended to enable innovative artists / arts companies / collectives – working in any artistic discipline – to research and develop new works or collaborative methodologies, over a period of one to six months, through the provision of a dedicated work-space in Unit 4, James Joyce Street. Applicants may apply for a minimum of one month, up to a maximum of six months of free space, to fall within January 2023 – December 2023. Closing Date 10 November. Full details HERE.