Artist Development

The Civic Theatre is committed to supporting mature and emerging artists to develop new ideas, projects and receive mentoring in directing, production and planning/marketing.

To date we have supported a range a of artist in residence schemes – more details here.

Liz Roche Company – Company in Residency 2017 – 2019

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Sylvia Beatley – Theatre Artist in Residency 2014 – 2015

The Theatre Artist in Residency is a year-long post funded by the Civic Theatre, the Arts Council of Ireland and South Dublin County Libraries. The Artist in Residency scheme was set up by the Arts Council as a partnership between an artist, an arts organisation and a local authority. This format aims to empower and, support the work of the artist, as well as facilitating the artist in finding a deeper connection with the local community.

Sylvia will workshop with two at risk community groups in the South Dublin area facilitating them to retell their own stories for a period of 12 months from September 2014. These workshops will inform the development of a new play. Sylvia has worked for over 13 years with at risk communities delivering workshops on devising and performance techniques. Recently Sylvia wrote and performed in the one woman show ‘Making Lemonade’ based on gun crime culture in West Dublin. The production was performed at the Civic Theatre to huge success for an audience that included youth theatres, rehabilitiation groups and people living with this anti-social behaviour in their community. Audiences expressed a deep connection with the work and felt that it was relevant, authentic and accessible to them. In post-show discussions, audience members explored issues of oppression, crime and vulnerability in their communities

Due to this Sylvia is keen to develop relationships with two at risk groups from the North Clondalkin and local Tallaght area using ‘Making Lemonade’ as a starting point into their stories. Through a workshop process she will develop their stories and work on exploring these through different theatre forms and contexts such as devising, forum theatre, playwriting, collage and movement and presenting them for each other in a theatrical manner using the Loose End Studio to facilitate these.

Ríonach Ní Néill, Ciotóg – Dance Ensemble in Residence 2013 – 2014

Ciotóg was chosen as Dance Ensemble in Residence in South Dublin County Council, Civic Theatre and Rua Red South Dublin Arts Centre for 2013/2014. The residency culminated in the premiere of a new dance work by Ríonach Ní Néill. The themes of the new piece were informed by Ríonach’s work since 2007 with older people and people living with dementia.

Amú premiered at the Civic Theatre in May 2014 as part of the Dublin Dance Festival.

Collapsing Horse Theatre Company – Theatre Artist in Residency 2013 – 2014

The Theatre Artist in Residency was a year-long post funded by the Civic Theatre, the Arts Council of Ireland and South Dublin County Libraries. During the residency, Collapsing Horse Theatre Company worked with staff from South Dublin Library to run puppetry workshops with different age groups. The Company performed ‘Human Child’ for the Red Line Book Festival 2013 at the Civic Theatre. The Company rehearsed ‘Bears in Space’ in the Loose End Studio and performed the show for the public in the Main Auditorium prior to the Edinburgh Theatre Festival. The Company devised and developed a new dramatic piece and are working towards a work-in-progress showing in the Civic Theatre.

Jose Miguel Jimenz and Nyree Yergainharsian – Theatre Artist in Residency 2012 – 2013

The Theatre Artist in Residency was a year-long post funded by the Civic Theatre, the Arts Council of Ireland and South Dublin County Libraries. The artists worked directly with the youth theatre at the Civic and with the clubs that gather regularly at the library, in the form of workshops led by the artists based on the personal experiences of the participants around themes like community life, economic distress, cooperation and alternative forms of social organization.

Each workshop was recorded and this material was processed in order to extract relevant situations, texts and group dynamics that was re-introduced to the group in the next workshop. It is important to highlight the impact that the mix of theatre and non theatre aficionados had on this process.

The development of this technique and the gathering of content shaped by the participants was shared by the particpants with an audience in a final Work in Progress showing at the Civic Theatre.

Michelle Read – Theatre Artist in Residency 2011 – 2012

The Theatre Artist in Residency was a year-long post funded by the Civic Theatre, the Arts Council of Ireland and South Dublin County Libraries. During the residency Michelle Read worked in conjunction with Tallaght Library and children from four local junior national schools to create new plays with, and for children. This project culminated in the publication of two volumes of new plays for schools.

Michelle also worked on a commission for the Civic. This new play for adults with the working title Trans, explores change and identity in post boom Ireland. It is supported dramaturgically by Fishamble: The New Play Company’s New Play Clinic scheme.

Michelle is a writer, theatre-maker and dramaturge. She originally trained as an actor and later received a masters in dramaturgy from Goldsmiths College, London. She has written extensively for stage, radio and television as well as co-creating and producing theatre. Her awards include the Hugh Leonard Bursary and the Eamon Keane Full-Length Play Award for Snakelight (2009), the Stewart Parker/BBC Northern Ireland Drama Award for The Other Side (2003), an Ondas Award for radio for A Day In The Life Of Kitty Sway (2001), and a Fringe First in Edinburgh for Romantic Friction (1998). Most recently her tiny play The Nation’s Assets was seen as part of Fishamble Theatre company’s Tiny Plays for Ireland at Project Arts Centre.

Read one of Michelle Reads’ one-act plays online.

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Paul Meade – Theatre Artist in Residency 2011 – 2012

Award winning writer/director/actor Paul Meade was Artist in Residence for a period of 12 months from January 2011. The Theatre Artist in Residency was a year-long post funded by the Civic Theatre, the Arts Council of Ireland and the Arts Office of South Dublin County Council.As the key part of this residency Paul wrote a new play for the Civic Theatre which was produced, performed and toured nationwide by the Civic Theatre in 2013.

Paul has worked for many years with Limerick Youth Theatre delivering workshops on devising and performance techniques. He has also given workshops for Ballina and Dublin Youth Theatre. He worked with past participants of the Civic/SDCC Tenderfoot programme to continue their connection with the Civic and also with the youth theatres based locally. It included monthly pre or post show discussions (except during the summer months), play reading groups, and bi-monthly workshops (approx 6 over the year).

Recently Paul developed 2 Forum Theatre Pieces for Focus Ireland, working with writers Jennifer O’Dea and Gerry McCann. Clients of Focus Ireland were interviewed and their stories were worked into Forum Theatre Plays, which were performed to huge success in Focus Ireland cafés, centres and hostels for an audience of people with experience of homelessness. Due to this Paul was keen to establish relationships with An Cosan & Brookfield community groups with a view if possible to produce a Forum Theatre Piece with one of them at a later stage.

Paul has worked with the Civic Theatre since 2001. Projects as a writer include Trousers & Thesis. As director Trousers, Little Gem & Chicane. As actor The BFG and Hansel & Gretel. Paul’s Compnay Gúna Nua has co-produced and toured 7 plays with the Civic Theatre.