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.

Established in 2011, Six in the Attic focuses on supporting writers and theatre makers through mentoring, training and establishing a community of artists who share the attic space in Irish Theatre Institute in Dublin city centre. Since the foundation of the programme, writers and makers have gone on to great individual successes – earning commissions, winning awards, founding theatre companies, amongst many more accolades.

Each artist receives bespoke mentoring from ITI Co-Directors (Siobhán Bourke and Jane Daly), access to information services and expertise from ITI staff, an artists’ practice bursary (€1,000), and access to a series of talks and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) workshops with industry experts.

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.

Applications for the next iteration of Six in the Attic and Virtual Attic will open in early 2022

2021 Six in the Attic Participants

Fionn Foley

Fionn is writer, composer and performer. His recent theatre credits include ’14 Voices from the…

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Aonghus Óg McAnally

Aonghus is an award-winning actor, director, producer and writer, and is Artistic Director of Rise…

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Janet Moran

Janet is an actor, writer and director. As an actor, she has worked with the…

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Aisling O’Mara

Aisling is a writer and actor. Aisling co-wrote Rebel Rebel in 2015 that toured nationally…

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Michelle Read

Michelle is a theatre-maker, playwright and performer. Her focus often lies in exploring female perspectives…

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Sarah Jane Scott

Sarah-Jane is a writer and actor. She trained at The Oxford School of Drama. Her…

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2021 Virtual Attic Participants

Darren Donohue

Darren is a playwright and poet living in Co. Kilkenny. Most recently he won the…

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Katie Holly

Katie is playwright from Co. Cork. Her plays ‘Marion’ (2016), ‘Sharon ‘(2017) and ‘Crowman’ (2018)…

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Oisín Kearney

Oisín Kearney (writer/director) and Michael Patrick (actor/writer) are based in Belfast. Their writing includes ‘The…

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Irene Kelleher

Irene is a playwright and performer from Cork. Her play ‘Mary and Me’, published by…

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Bob Kelly

Bob is a writer and actor based in Leitrim. A Lecoq-trained actor, Bob has performed…

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Michael Patrick

Michael Patrick (actor/writer) and Oisín Kearney (writer/director) are based in Belfast. Their writing includes ‘The…

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Joanne Ryan

Joanne is a Limerick-based theatre maker, playwright and performer. Her acclaimed show Eggsistentialism has toured…

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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.