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Professional Development Programmes

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

  • 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

  • Mentoring Programme for Playwrights and Directors

    The Source Arts Centre and Fishamble: The New Play Company have come together to offer a year long mentoring programme for playwrights and directors. The scheme is intended to support the development of emerging and established playwrights and directors, who would benefit from an ongoing mentoring process to investigate and enhance their practice. The Mentoring… Read More

    Cathedral Street
    T +353(0)504 90204
    E boxoffice@sourcearts.ie
    W www.thesourceartscentre.ie

  • 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


    The Rough Magic SEEDS Programme is a structured development initiative for emerging theatre practitioners. Now in its twelfth year, the SEEDS Programme has introduced a new generation of Irish theatre-makers to the professional theatre world. Participants have the opportunity to observe and experience Rough Magic’s work and to gain exposure to the working methods of… Read More

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


    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 in the open and inspiring environment of historic Castletown House. The SPACE Programme facilitates collaborations with others on new approaches to making work, but without… Read More

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

  • The Gate Lab

    The Lab provides high standard training for the theatre community through initiatives such as the 2011 Director’s Symposium and a variety of workshops for actors; including casting workshops, text to stage talks, and rehearsed readings.

    Cavendish Row
    Parnell Square
    Dublin 1
    T +353 (0)1 874 4045 / 874 6042
    E info@gate-theatre.ie
    W www.gatetheatre.ie

  • 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/