Call Out for Online Skills and Ideas Incubator for Theatre for Young Audiences (APPLICATIONS CLOSED)

Are you a theatre-maker/ dance-maker/ performance-maker, based in the South East, who is interested in making work for children and young people?

Do you want to be part of a small team coming together, online (I know, I know, but it is as close as we can get for the moment) to investigate, discover and be inspired by Ireland’s vibrant Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA) sector?

If so please apply for this Online Skills and Ideas Incubator for Theatre for Young Audiences, applications are now OPEN!

Submission deadline is 6pm on Friday the 29th of May 2020.

About the Online Incubator:

Deirdre Dwyer will facilitate this online incubator programme, as part of her Theatre Artist Residency in Garter Lane, to further develop a community of makers interested in the creation of performance work for young audience here in the South East.

This programme is supported by The Arts Council, Waterford City Council Arts Office & Waterford Cultural Quarter.

This is a paid opportunity for theatre makers, dance artists and performance makers from Waterford, Wexford, South Tipperary, Carlow and Kilkenny to focus their creative minds on making brilliant work for children. Each participant will be paid a fee of €1,000 and any relevant expenses will be covered.

From 20th of July to 1st August Deirdre will facilitate online sessions with the group and invited experts in the field. If it is safe to do so part of the incubator programme will also include trips to the Ark, Dublin and Baboró, Galway in Autumn this year.

Taking social distancing guidelines into account the newly designed incubator will be delivered online. In order to participate you must have access to a laptop and a solid internet connection, if this will be an impediment to your participation please mention it in your application and we will see if we can help.

Over the two weeks Deirdre will facilitate a series of online talks/meetings, for our group of 6 selected participants and provide digital materials to watch, read and absorb. These meetings with various artists/ academics/ members of the sector aim to provide insight into the practice and possibilities of making theatre and performance making for young audiences, in Ireland and beyond.

Guest facilitators will include; Muireann Ahern and Louis Lovett of Theatre Lovett, Marc Mac Lochlainn of Branar and Aislinn Ó hEocha of Baboró, International Arts Festival for children amongst others.

Participation to the Online Incubator is by submitting a completed application form, downloadable from here, and CV to



Applications close at 6pm Friday 29th May.

You will receive an email confirming receipt of application after the deadline.

Places will be offered to successful applicants by Friday the 5th of June.

Any questions: email Deirdre at:

 The programme of activities includes:

July 20th to August 1st 2020

  • Online group sessions
  • Specialised talks with guest speakers
  • Watching digital materials selected by Deirdre and our facilitators
  • Taking part in discussions
  • Question and answer sessions

Autumn (TBC)

  • 3 day trip to Baboró International Arts Festival for Children, Galway
  • Day trip to the Ark, Dublin

About Deirdre:

Deirdre Dwyer adapts and directs theatre for young audiences and also designs sets and costumes for theatre, opera, dance and film. She was first introduced to theatre and design through her work with Waterford Youth Arts, Spraoi and Little Red Kettle and went on to train in UCC (BA in English and Drama and Theatre Studies), at Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama (MA in Theatre Design, Cardiff) and by apprenticing on the Rough Magic SEEDS3 programme. She is a member of BrokenCrow theatre company for whom she has created two shows for children, Miss Happiness and Miss Flower, from the book by Rumer Godden and The Secret Garden from the book by Frances Hodgeson Burnett.

She teaches in UCC and Mary Immaculate College, Limerick and was Theatre Artist in Residence at Mary Immaculate College from 2017 – 2020.