Six in the Attic

Six in the Attic is Irish Theatre Institute (ITI)’s key artist development programme providing artists with the space and resources to create and develop work.

Six in the Attic was established in 2011, focusing on supporting a community of playwrights and theatre makers to engage, explore, develop, debate, and collaborate on their projects. Since the foundation of the programme, Six in the Attic alumni have gone on to great individual successes – creating new work, winning awards, founding theatre companies, amongst many more accolades. 

Six in the Attic & Virtual Attic artists engage in a thoughtfully created programme of:

  • Artist gatherings online and in person meet ups arranged for the group building a community of peers.
  • Professional development workshops focused on areas that upskill freelance artists.
  • Introductions and networking with other independent artists and arts organisations nationally and internationally.
  • One-to-one mentoring from Director Niamh O’Donnell.
  • Access to a shared workspace, rehearsal/meeting room spaces for development and collaboration sessions in ITI’s offices located on 17 Eustace Street, Temple Bar Dublin 2.
  • Access to short term dedicated desk in selected national venues or cultural spaces for non-Dublin based artists.
  • An artist practice bursary of €1,300

Through Six in the Attic, ITI aims to support and resource a community of professional theatre makers and artists to engage, explore, develop, debate and collaborate on their projects. Six in the Attic encourages participants to realise their artistic ambition, enhance their professional skills and facilitates them in fulfilling their artistic goals.

2023/24 Six in the Attic artists

Eoghan Carrick

Eoghan is an artist working primarily in theatre and opera. He works in Ireland on…

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Iseult Deane

Iseult is a playwright and works in costume. Her writing credits include ‘Women’s Christmas’ (Rehearsed…

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Pea Dinneen

Pea Dinneen is a theatre maker and cabaret artist from Dublin. In 2023 she was…

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Gemma Kane

Gemma is an Actor/Writer from Dublin. She has received supports and scholarships from Screen Ireland,…

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David McGovern

David is a multidisciplinary artist, writer and educator. He works with video, poetry and theatre…

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Dafe Pessu Orugbo

Dafe Orugbo is a multidisciplinary artist and theatre maker with a dynamic artistic practice coupled…

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2023/24 Virtual Attic artists

Eibhleann Caffrey

Eibhleann is a writer, performer and director based in Galway City. Eibhleann’s work examines effect…

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Sinéad Cormack

Sinéad Cormack is a theatre maker, performer, designer and stage manager from Carlow. She collaborates…

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Anthony Keigher

Xnthony is an award-winning performer, writer and producer making musical theatre, cabaret and club experiences….

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Hannah McNiven

In 2019 Hannah’s short film, “The Lady on the Hill,” won the inaugural Wexford Film…

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Treasa Nealon

Treasa Nealon is a playwright, writer and theatre creator based in Leitrim. She co-founded The…

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Áine Ryan

Áine Ryan is a writer and performer from Co. Tipperary. She recently won the ‘New…

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Róisín Stack

Róisín is a writer & theatre maker based in Co. Clare. Recent theatre: No Woman…

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Writers and theatre makers who come through Six in the Attic are now members of the vibrant Alumni community and the list grows every year.