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 playwrights and theatre makers through mentoring, training and peer support establishing a community of artists. 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. In 2020 ITI established the Virtual Attic, offering additional places on the programme to non-Dublin based artists.

Six in the Attic & Virtual Attic artists:

  • Participate in a programme of mentoring, workshops & information provision delivered by the ITI team
  • Participate in a series of discussion and networking sessions (Six in the Attic’s ‘elevenses’) with leading national and international practitioners
  • Have access to a dedicated desk in a shared workspace on the top floor of ITI (located on 17 Eustace Street, Temple Bar) and/or Have access to a hot desk in ITI when in Dublin as well as ITI’s rehearsal/meeting room spaces for development and collaboration sessions
  • Have access to ITI’s rehearsal/meeting room spaces for development and collaboration sessions
  • receive an artists’ practice bursary of €1,000.

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.

2022 Six in the Attic artists

Ginna Álvarez

Ginna Álvarez is a Mexican multidisciplinary theatre artist and published playwright. Her work is strongly…

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Shanna May Breen

Inspired by climate conversations, performance artist Shanna May Breen creates multi-platform artworks to carbonate change….

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Luke Casserly

Luke Casserly is a theatre artist and director originally from Longford. His work weaves together…

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Kate Gilmore

Kate is an Actor/Writer from Dublin represented by The Lisa Richards Agency. Kate has received…

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Thommas Kane Byrne

TKB is Actor/Writer from the North Inner City. He is Creative Director of Breadline. TKB…

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Erica Murray

Erica is a playwright from County Limerick. Her play The Cat’s Mother won the Fishamble Award for…

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2022 Virtual Attic artists

Conor Burke

Conor Burke is an actor & playwright from Kildare. He is a recent graduate of…

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Rosaleen McDonagh

McDonagh writes from a Traveller feminist perspective. Her work includes Mainstream, The Baby Doll Project, Stuck, She’s…

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John O’Donovan

John O’Donovan is a playwright and screenwriter from Clare. His plays include If We Got Some…

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Emma O’Grady

Emma O’Grady is a theatre artist, actor, writer, film-maker and production manager, currently living on…

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Dee Roycroft

Dee is a participant on the Mill Theatre’s Maven’s Programme and recently completed an MFA…

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Amanda Verlaque

Amanda Verlaque writes for stage, screen and VR. The Lyric Theatre recently produced her critically acclaimed…

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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.