Irish Theatre Institute (ITI) is a resource organisation for the professional Irish theatre sector. We nurture, promote and drive the ambition of Irish theatre and Irish theatre artists from grassroot beginnings to presentation on the world stage. Our mission is to create opportunities abroad and strengthen resources at home for theatre artists, companies, venues and festivals.
ITI supports theatre artists at all stages of their profession to make work and develop sustainable careers. We work with actors, makers, writers, directors, designers, producers and company managers. We provide dedicated workspaces, mentoring and continuing professional development opportunities to nurture talent and drive the development of new work and support the Irish theatre repertoire.
We are committed to leading the way in best practice in the Irish theatre sector, identifying and brokering opportunities at home and abroad, nurturing international partnerships, and advocating for change. We run networking and showcasing events and advocate for Irish theatre practitioners at national and international symposia.
We deliver reliable and accessible information on Irish theatre to the public and the sector via a suite of tailor-made websites and searchable databases, publications and public facing events. We conduct research of the Irish theatre repertoire and provide analysis through published Findings Reports.
Irish Theatre Institute was formerly known as Theatre Shop (Ireland) from 1994 to 2006. In July 2006 the organisation was re-constituted, re-branded and launched as Irish Theatre Institute.
ITI receives annual funding from the Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaíon, is project funded from Culture Ireland, Dublin City Council and Foras na Gaeilge, and supported by the Douglas Elliott Family Fund.
We continue to seek out collaborative partnerships to facilitate the development of the sector and to generate opportunities for theatre artists, particularly in the context of continuing professional development and national and international touring. Our partners include Fishamble: The New Play Company, Dublin Fringe Festival, Age and Opportunity / Bealtaine Festival, Tyrone Guthrie Centre and CoisCéim Dance Theatre. We support the National Campaign for the Arts and #WakingTheFeminists.