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Professional Development Programmes

Details of short professional development courses for theatre practitioners in a variety of practices

  • Backstage Activate Residency

    Our Activate Programme, supported by Arts Council Ireland & Creative Ireland, offers bursaries and short term residencies at Backstage Theatre to Artists across three different strands.

    Backstage Theatre
    T (043) 334 7888
    W backstage.ie/artist-support/

  • Baptiste Programme

    The Baptiste Programme is a paid and mentored script development programme for Black Irish theatre makers and writers of colour. This project is lead and facilitated by Pamela McQueen, established dramaturg and supported by Lucy Ryan, our Director of Programming & Finance at Smock Alley. The programme has been funded by the Arts Council and… Read More

    Smock Alley Theatre
    6/7 Exchange Street Lower
    Temple Bar, Dublin 8
    T (01) 677 0014
    W smockalley.com/baptiste-programme/


    The Rough Magic COMPASS Programme launched in 2020. Made up of a mixture of commissions, Rough Ideas, SEEDS, and Rough Weekend, COMPASS is an instrument designed to bring work from inception to production, to develop an ambitious programme of new plays and adaptations by emerging and established writers, and in collaboration with key producing partners across… Read More

    Rough Magic Theatre Company
    18 South Great Geroge’s Street
    Dublin 2
    T +353 1 671 9278
    E gemma@roughmagic.ie
    W www.roughmagic.ie

  • Fishamble’s New Play Clinic

    The New Play Clinic is Fishamble’s ongoing initiative to support the dramaturgical development of new plays for production in Ireland.

    Fishamble: the New Play Company
    3 Great Denmark Street
    Dublin 1
    T +353 (0)1 670 4018
    E info@fishamble.com
    W www.fishamble.com/

  • Fishamble’s Playwriting Courses

    Fishamble: The New Play Company is dedicated to supporting new and developing writers from the very beginning of their literary careers. Over the last 10 years, Fishamble has run 50 playwriting courses for over 500 developing playwrights from Ireland and overseas. Facilitated by Gavin Kostick, the evening and weekend courses provide new writers with the… Read More

    Shamrock Chambers
    1/2 Eustace Street
    Dublin 2
    T +353 (0)1 6704018
    E gavin@fishamble.com
    W www.fishamble.com

  • MAKE

    MAKE is an initiative of Cork Midsummer Festival, Dublin Fringe Festival, Project Arts Centre and Theatre Forum for the purpose of generating new performance work. MAKE is a week-long residency at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre.

    Tyrone Guthrie Centre
    T +353 (0)1 677 8779
    E manager@theatreforum.ie
    W www.theatreforum.ie/training/make
    Dates MAKE happens in early March.

  • PAN PAN’s International Mentorship & Bursary

    The main focus of the mentoring bursary is for artists to buy time to work on an idea for performance in its early development stages, outside of the pressures of production. The bursary stipend is intended to be used as a fee towards taking time to work on the idea. The engagement of the mentor… Read More

    Curved St.
    Temple Bar
    Dublin 2
    T +353 1 633 4493
    E info@panpantheatre.com
    W panpantheatre.com
    Dates Call for Applications – Deadline: 5pm Thursday 23r

  • Percolate

    In January 2021, Bewley’s Café Theatre began its inaugural development programme for playwrights with an ambition to raise the level of discussion and engagement with new dramatic writing in Ireland and to be a resource for the wider Irish theatre community.

    Bewley's Cafe Theatre
    78/79 Grafton Street
    Dublin 2
    T +353 (0)86 8784001
    E bewleyscafetheatre@gmail.com
    W www.bewleyscafetheatre.com/percolate2

  • Six in the Attic

    Six in the Attic is Irish Theatre Institute (ITI)’s key artist development programme providing artists with the space and resources to create and develop work. Six in the Attic was established in 2011, focusing on supporting a community of playwrights and theatre makers to engage, explore, develop, debate, and collaborate on their projects. Since the… Read More

    Irish Theatre Institute
    17 Eustace Street
    Temple Bar
    T (01) 670 4906
    E info@irishtheatreinstitute.ie
    W https://www.irishtheatreinstitute.ie/artist-supports/six-in-the-attic/


    The SPACE Programme is a unique two-week residency offering arts and creative practitioners an opportunity to collaborate, experiment and innovate. The residency allows you to escape your creative comfort zone. The SPACE Programme facilitates collaborations with others on new approaches to making work, but without the pressure of a deadline or the expectation of a… Read More

    Casteltown House
    T +353 (0)1 6272827
    E Jo@ThePerformanceCorporation.com
    W www.theperformancecorporation.com

  • The Abbey Theatre Resident Director Programme

    The programme of learning enables directors to expand their knowledge of directing through a year long engagement with the theatre. This programme includes the opportunity to Assistant Direct a main stage production, masterclasses, and two weeks of intensive professional development.

    The Abbey Theatre
    26/27 Abbey Street Lower
    Dublin 1
    W www.abbeytheatre.ie/resident-director-programme/

  • The Next Stage

    The Next Stage, presented by Theatre Forum in partnership with Dublin Theatre Festival is the artist development strand of the Festival.

    T +353 (0)1 677 8779
    E manager@theatreforum.ie
    W www.theatreforum.ie/training/the-next-stage/