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Theatre Support Organisations

Organisations that support both professional and non-professional theatre and dance in Ireland and Northern Ireland.

  • Amateur Drama Council of Ireland

    An organisation that co-ordinates the full-length competitive drama circuit and organises the annual Confined All-Ireland Drama Finals and the RTÉ Open All-Ireland Drama Finals in April and May each year.

    Kilbush Lane
    E info@adci.ie
    W www.adci.ie

  • Arts & Disability Ireland

    We champion the creativity of artists with disabilities, promote inclusive experiences for audiences with disabilities and work to enhance the disability-related capacity of arts organisations. We work in partnership with the arts sector, and encourage the disability sector to do the same. ADI exists to promote involvement and engagement in the arts by people with… Read More

    4th Floor, Sean O'Casey Centre
    St. Mary's Road North,
    East Wall, Dublin 3,
    T + 353 (0)1 8509 002
    E info@adiarts.ie
    W www.adiarts.ie

  • Arts and Business NI

    The aim of Arts & Business NI is to help build communities by developing creative partnerships between business and the arts in Northern Ireland.

    Bridge House
    Paulett Avenue
    Belfast BT5 4HD
    Northern Ireland
    T +44 (0)28 9073 5150
    E info@artsandbusinessni.org.uk
    W www.artsandbusinessni.org.uk

  • Arts Audiences

    Arts Audiences is a partnership initiative of the Arts Council and Temple Bar Cultural Trust. Arts Audiences seeks to initiate and support audience-focussed thinking, most particularly where audience development and marketing meet. The guiding principles for work are: To build capacity in arts organisations to enable an audience-centred approach and to ensure that organisations can… Read More

    12 East Essex Street
    Temple Bar
    Dublin 2
    T +353 (0)1 6772255
    W artsaudiences.ie

  • Association of Drama Adjudicators

    The Association of Drama Adjudicators is a regulatory body that oversees drama adjudicators to ensure high standards.

    Sea Bank
    T +353 (0)86 244 7599
    E secretaryada@gmail.com
    W www.ada.ie

  • Association of Irish Festival Events (AOIFE)

    AOIFE, the Association of Irish Festivals and Events, aims to support festival organisers to make festivals in Ireland entertaining, safe and financially sustainable. Services include training, the provision of information and networking opportunities and a group insurance scheme.

    Ballinasloe Enterprise Centre,
    Creagh, Ballinasloe,
    T +353 (0)9096 45831
    E info@aoifeonline.com
    W www.aoifeonline.com

  • Association of Irish Stage Technicians (AIST)

    The AIST was formed in 2005 by a group of industry professionals to promote the improvement of standards in Health & Safety, and general welfare of crew in the Arts, Entertainments and Events Industries. It aims to do this by providing a professional standard of industry-specific training, by highlighting health & safety issues and by… Read More

    c/o Dunmaise Arts Centre
    Church Street
    T +353 (0)87 2358067
    E info@aist.ie
    W www.aist.ie

  • Audiences NI

    Audiences NI is the dedicated audience development agency for Northern Ireland. Its mission is to increase and diversify audiences by fostering collaboration and enabling arts organisations to practise effective audience development through the provision of consultancy, training, research, market intelligence, e-marketing and other services. Audiences NI was established as a limited not-for-profit company by the… Read More

    Studio D The Carnegie Building
    121 Donegall Road
    Belfast BT12 5JL
    T +44 (0)28 9043 6480
    E info@audiencesni.com
    W www.audiencesni.com

  • Business to Arts & Fund it

    Business to Arts brokers, enables and supports creative partnerships between business, individuals and the arts. We work with artists and arts organisations providing a range of training opportunities and coaching to help diversify income streams, grow audiences and improve efficiencies. The Allianz Business to Arts Awards recognise businesses, artists and arts organisations that develop creative… Read More

    44 East Essex Street
    Temple Bar
    Dublin 2
    T + 353 (0)1 672 5336
    E info@businesstoarts.ie
    W www.businesstoarts.ie

  • Community Arts Partnership (CAP) (Formerly CAF)

    CAP is an advocate for community arts in Northern Ireland. Its primary aim is to create access to the arts and opportunities for participation for more people. We support and collaborate with community groups, schools, artists, community arts, arts centres and other organisations in Northern Ireland and beyond.

    3-5 Commercial Court
    BT1 2NB
    T +44 (0)28 9092 3493
    E info@comartspartner.org
    W www.comartspartner.org

  • Contemporary Music Centre

    The Contemporary Music Centre is Ireland’s national archive and resource centre for new music, supporting the work of composers throughout the Republic and Northern Ireland. The Centre is used, nationally and internationally, by performers, composers, promoters and members of the public interested in finding out more about music in Ireland. Its library and sound archive,… Read More

    19 Fishamble Street
    Temple Bar
    Dublin 8
    T + 353 (0)1 673 1922
    E info@cmc.ie
    W www.cmc.ie

  • create

    Create is the national development agency for collaborative arts, providing advice and support services to artists and arts organisations across all artforms working collaboratively with communities of place and/or interest. Collaborative arts is one of the most vibrant and challenging areas of arts practice, requiring skills of negotiation and project management. The processes and practices… Read More

    2 Curved Street (Filmbase Building)
    Temple Bar
    Dublin 2
    T + 353 (0)1 473 6600
    E info@create-ireland.ie
    W www.create-ireland.ie

  • Creative Europe Desk Ireland – Culture Office

    The Creative Europe Desk Ireland – Culture Office provides information, advice and technical assistance to Irish cultural organisations interested in applying for EU culture funding under the Creative Europe Programme 2014 – 2020.

    The Arts Council
    70 Merrion Square
    Dublin 2
    T +353 (0)1 618 0200
    E cedculture@artscouncil.ie
    W www.creativeeuropeireland.eu

  • Dance Ireland

    Dance Ireland is a multi-faceted resource organisation dedicated to providing training programmes and practical supports which respond to the needs of the professional dance artist, while increasing the public’s involvement with dance at all levels. Established in 1989, Dance Ireland is an all-Ireland membership organisation made up of dancers, choreographers, teachers, students, dance and arts… Read More

    Foley Street
    Dublin 1
    T +353 (0)1 855 8800
    E info@danceireland.ie
    W www.danceireland.ie

  • Dance Limerick

    Dance Limerick for dance, Dance Limerick for dancers, Dance Limerick for dance lovers. Funded by the Arts Council and Limerick City Council, Dance Limerick is a support and development organisation. Through a combination of performance platforms, residency opportunities, master classes, talks and lectures, Dance Limerick advocates for artistic dialogue and exchange. In collaboration with dance… Read More

    1 & 2 John's Square
    T +353 (0)61 467813
    E info@dancelimerick.ie
    W www.dancelimerick.ie

  • Dance Resource Base

    Dance Resource Base is the premier support organisation for dance in Northern Ireland. The company works to link, serve and strengthen the sector by developing practical facilities, resources and services for those involved in dance as well as providing information to the general public about dance. Dance Resource Base is a membership organisation with a… Read More

    2nd Floor
    35 Donegall Street
    Belfast BT1 2FG
    T +44 (0)28 9023 1515
    E info@danceresourcebase.org
    W www.danceresourcebase.org

  • Department of Arts, Heritage & The Gaeltacht

    The functions of the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht encapsulate Built and Natural Heritage, Arts, Film, Music, Cultural Institutions as well as Irish Language, Gaeltacht Schemes and Offshore Islands.

    23 Kildare Street
    Dublin 2
    T + 353 (0)1 631 3800
    E press.office@ahg.gov.ie
    W www.ahg.gov.ie

  • Drama League of Ireland (DLI)

    The DLI is the resource organization for amateur drama practitioners. Services include a dedicated library of play scripts open to the public at The Mill Theatre every Tuesday , Wednesday and Thursday 10-3pm. Theatre training by way of the provision of workshops, and an annual summer school for actors and directors. Additional services include a… Read More

    The Mill Theatre, Dundrum Town Centre
    Dublin 16
    T +353 (0)1 296 9343
    E dli@eircom.net
    W www.dli.ie

  • Galway Dance Project

    Galway Dance Project is an artist-led, non-profit dance organisation established in 2011 in Galway. The Project aims to provide high quality dance classes and workshops, choreographic and performance opportunities for dancers in Galway City and County. We are here to support and promote the development of dance, as well as to advance dance as a… Read More

    E contact@galwaydanceproject.com
    W www.galwaydanceproject.com

  • Ireland Literature Exchange

    Ireland Literature Exchange is the national organisation for the international promotion of Irish literature, in English and Irish. Through its translation grant programme, the organisation has supported the translation of over 1,600 works of Irish literature in 55 languages. Ireland Literature Exchange also offers residential bursaries to literary translators, organises translator and author events at… Read More

    Centre for Literary Translation, Trinity College Dublin
    28/29 Westland Row
    Dublin 2
    T +353 (0)1 604 0028
    E info@irelandliterature.com
    W www.irelandliterature.com

  • Irish Equity

    Irish Actors Equity is the only Trade Union for performers on stage, screen, radio, television and cabaret in Ireland, representing Actors, Dancers, Street Performers, Theatre Directors, Stage Managers, Stunt Performers.

    7th Floor
    Liberty Hall
    Dublin 1
    T +353 (0)1 858 6403
    E equity@siptu.ie
    W www.irishequity.ie

  • Irish Music Rights Organisation (IMRO)

    IMRO’s function is to collect and distribute royalties arising from the public performance of copyright works. IMRO is a not-for-profit organisation. IMRO collects royalties from theatre companies using copyrighted music.

    Copyright House, Pembroke Row
    Lower Baggot Street
    Dublin 2
    T + 353 (0)1 661 4844
    E info@imro.ie
    W www.imro.ie

  • Irish Society of Stage & Screen Designers (ISSSD)

    The ISSSD celebrates the work of stage and screen designers living and working in Ireland. It is a professional organisation run by designers for designers. The ISSSD acts as a hub for the sharing of information and communication between professional stage and screen designers in the national and international network of creative arts, design media… Read More

    c/o Irish Theatre Institute
    17, Eustace Street
    Dublin 2
    E shielssj@gmail.com

  • Irish Street Arts, Circus & Spectacle Network (ISACS)

    The Irish Street Arts, Circus & Spectacle Network (ISACS) is Ireland’s leading support and advocacy organisation, for the development of these collective art forms. We aim to raise the profile, increase recognition and support the development of the sector by: • Information and resource sharing • Advocacy and Policy development • Training and Professional Support… Read More

    c/o Irish Theatre Institute
    17 Eustace St, Temple Bar
    Dublin 2
    T +353 (0)87 054 1812
    E info@isacs.ie
    W www.isacs.ie

  • Irish Theatre Archive

    The archive collects memorabilia relating to the history of theatre in Ireland, curates exhibitions, provides research facilities and organises occasional lectures.

    138-144 Pearse Street
    Dublin 2
    T + 353 (0)1 674 4996
    E cityarchives@dublincity.ie

  • Irish Theatre Institute (ITI)

    Irish Theatre Institute (ITI) is a leading national resource organisation for the professional Irish theatre sector that supports the ambitions of Irish theatre artists and companies across all aspects of theatre practice. ITI is committed to resource sharing, artist support, development of strategic partnerships, creation of production opportunities and national and international touring. Since 1994… Read More

    17 Eustace Street
    Dublin 2
    T + 353 (0)1 670 4906
    E info@irishtheatreinstitute.ie
    W www.irishtheatreinstitute.ie

  • Irish Writers Centre

    Founded in 1991, the Irish Writers Centre is the national resource centre for Irish literature. It supports and promotes writers at all stages of their development, and also welcomes all those interested in literature in Ireland. The Centre runs a diverse programme of writing courses and workshops led by established writers across a range of… Read More

    19 Parnell Square
    Dublin 1
    T + 353 (0)1 872 1302
    E info@writerscentre.ie
    W www.writerscentre.ie

  • LD Dance Trust

    LD Dance is a facility-based resource organisation. Shawbrook is a centre for dance education and promotion of dance and dance theatre in Ireland. LD Dance creates opportunities for Irish students to develop their training and performance skills. Its major aim is to provide experiential learning and performing opportunities. Shawbrook is the location for the residencies… Read More

    T +353 (0)44 935 7570
    E shawbrook@gmail.com
    W www.shawbrook.org

  • Rainbow Factory

    YouthAction Northern Ireland
    14 College Square North
    Belfast, BT1 6AS
    Northern Ireland
    T +44 (0)28 90 240 551
    E diane@youthaction.org
    W www.youthaction.org

  • The Firkin Crane

    The Firkin Crane is a focal point for dance in Ireland, supporting professional development of artists, widening engagement with audiences and creating innovative partnerships at local, national and international level. The Firkin Crane promotes the practice, performance and development of dance, developing partnerships throughout the dance community and provides support for development and growth of… Read More

    T +353 (0)21 450 7487
    E info@firkincrane.ie
    W www.firkincrane.ie

  • Theatre and Dance NI

    Theatre and Dance NI is the representative body to support and develop theatre and the performing arts for all in Northern Ireland including in its widest terms the areas of drama, physical theatre, dance, circus, street theatre, musical theatre and opera. TheatreNI was established following a merger between the Ulster Association of Youth Drama (UAYD)… Read More

    Cathedral Quarter Managed Workspace
    Third Floor, 109 - 113 Royal Avenue
    Belfast, BT1 1FF
    Northern Ireland
    E projects@theatreni.org
    W https://theatreanddanceni.org/

  • Theatre Forum

    Theatre Forum is the membership body for the professional performing arts in the Republic of Ireland. Membership is open to producing theatre companies and venues of every scale, as well as festivals, arts centres, TIE, YPT, dance and opera companies and individuals. Its mission is to support, represent and develop the environment in which the… Read More

    Office 3
    43/44 Temple Bar
    Dublin 2
    T +353 (0)1 677 8779
    E info@theatreforum.ie
    W www.theatreforum.ie

  • Tyrone Guthrie Centre

    The Tyrone Guthrie Centre was established in 1981 as a flagship North/South project providing a workplace retreat for practitioners in all art forms. Facilities include studios, dark room, music room with grand piano and a performance studio. See also FUNDING BODIES AND OPPORTUNITIES

    T + 353 (0)47 54003
    E info@tyroneguthrie.ie
    W www.tyroneguthrie.ie

  • Writers Guild of Ireland

    The Guild is the representative body for writers in Ireland for the stage, radio and screen. It is a member of the International Affiliation of Writers Guilds and the Federation of Scriptwriters in Europe; has a joint membership agreement with the Writers Guild of Great Britain and an agreement with the Authors Licensing and Collecting… Read More

    Art House, Curved Street
    Temple Bar
    Dublin 2
    T + 353 (0)1 670 9970
    E info@script.ie
    W www.script.ie

  • Young At Art

    Young at Art is a children’s arts charity and organiser of the Belfast Children’s Festival. Set up in 1998, its mission is to make life for children and young people from 0 – 18 years as creative as possible through engagement with the arts. It does this through an annual international festival and a year-round… Read More

    Cotton Court
    30–42 Waring Street
    Belfast, BT1 2ED
    Northern Ireland
    T +44 (0)28 9023 0660
    E admin@youngatart.co.uk
    W www.youngatart.co.uk

  • Youth Lyric

    Youth Lyric’s mission is to provide the very best quality education experience for young people from every background in Northern Ireland. We provide excellence in Performing Arts training-enriching the lives of our students, whilst promoting self-confidence and personal development. We are comminted to providing a unique and valuable experience for young people through the employment… Read More

    T +44 (0)28 4483 1670 | M: +44 (0)77 1061 8289
    E mrsc.youthlyric@btinternet.com
    W www.youthlyric.co.uk

  • Youth Theatre Ireland

    Youth Theatre Ireland is the national development organisation for youth theatre. We support a network of youth theatres who deliver year-round programmes of drama workshops and performance opportunities to young people aged 12 – 21 from cities, towns and villages across Ireland. Established since 1980, Youth Theatre Ireland is unique in its commitment to youth-centered… Read More

    7 North Great George’s Street
    Dublin 1
    T + 353 (0)1 878 1301
    E info@youththeatre.ie
    W www.youththeatre.ie