Open Stage Residency Programme


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Residency Programme | Development Days at Dunamaise

Dunamaise invites performing artists (across theatre, dance, music, multi-artform work)

& performing arts workers (writers, designers, production & technical crew) and all who create work for the stage, to apply for our new support initiative, offering mini-residencies from now until year end.

We want to support professional performers and performing arts workers in development of their practice OR in making new work OR in revival of a production for future performance and touring.

Whether you are at the initial stage of exploring ideas, ready to develop work, or wish to reignite previous work – we’re offering some space, support and caffeine to help!

Solo, Collaborations and Companies all welcome to apply.

The Offer:

  1. €2,500 towards development / remount
  2. 1 – 3 Days
  3. 1 or More Weeks
  • Fees ranging from €200 daily per person, up to a fee of €2,500* towards development of work.
  • Use of our Stage/Rehearsal Space/Writers Room/Recording Equipment for 1, 2 or 3 days over 1 or more weeks.** (from October – December 2020).
  • Technical support including access to equipment and expertise/personnel.
  • Audience connections, if your work is ready to share.

To Apply, tell us: Who you are | What you want to do here | What can we do to help?

Please send your CV/biog, a short outline of your proposal (c. 200 words) and a budget/preferred schedule as relevant***. State your preference, if any, for Offer 1/2/3 above, or if all are suitable for you. Let us know any date non-avails (if known)

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* Further details may be requested for shortlisted applicants requesting the maximum award.

** Additional Free Stage Days with access to all in-kind supports may be made available depending on demand.

*** Even as simple as “2 people x 3 days over 3 weeks” helps us plan.


  • Recipients will be those whose proposal and practice we feel we can best support at this time, based on Dunamaise resources and dates available. Selection Panel will include a practicing Theatre Maker.
  • Participation in this initiative can begin immediately and run through December 2020.
  • Participants must agree to work under all Dunamaise Arts Centre Health & Safety and Covid 19 related Guidelines.

Dunamaise Arts Centre

Church Street Portlaoise, Co. Laois, Ireland.

Contact The Dunamaise Arts Centre

Box Office Opening Hours:
Tuesday to Friday: 10am to 5.30pm
Saturday: 10am to 1pm & 2pm to 5pm.
One hour prior to curtain on the evening of a performance.
Box office 00353 57 866 3355.

General Enquiries:

Our Sponsors

The Arts Council Laois County Council

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