Apply in January: 2024 Phelim Donlon Playwright’s Bursary & Residency

Main image: Phelim Donlon 1936 - 2014.

Call for applications:

Phelim Donlon Playwright’s Bursary & Residency 2024 in association with Tyrone Guthrie Centre Annaghmakerrig.

The Bursary & Residency provides a professional playwright with time, physical resources and mentoring towards writing a new play. Named in honour of Phelim Donlon, who was an independent theatre producer for many years and also the Drama Officer at the Arts Council (1983 – 2001).  He was committed to the arts and was a passionate advocate for new and emerging talent. Phelim was also a dedicated member of the first Irish Theatre Institute’s PLAYOGRAPHYIreland Advisory Panel. This award, now in its 9th year, is an acknowledgement of his valued contribution to Irish theatre.


Three artists will be shortlisted, and the shortlist will be announced on Monday 4th March. The awardee will be announced on 14th March. The award comprises an ITI writers’ bursary of €2,000 and a 2 weeks’ fully resourced residency in Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Annaghmakerrig. The shortlisted artists will each receive €500.


  • Playwrights with an established practice and track record of 1 full-length production produced/programmed by an established production company, festival, or independent producer.
  • Playwrights’ resident on the island of Ireland or Irish nationals living abroad.
  • It is open to individual writers and writing partnerships with a history of working together.
  • Play proposals should be based on original ideas, and not adaptations or reimagining’s of existing works.
  • Play proposals must be based on a new idea, and not a project already begun, or in receipt of other support.
  • Writers who have previously submitted to this award, but were unsuccessful, are welcome to re-apply.


 Please complete application form in the link below:

This application form asks for the following:

  1. A statement of your artistic intent as a writer
  2. A concise outline of the new project you propose to work on during your Annaghmakerrig residency.
  3. How receiving this award would benefit you at this moment in your practice
  4. To upload;
    • A 20-page sample of your writing for theatre which you believe best represents your work to date. (Pages numbering in excess of 20 will not be reviewed. Samples should be as recent as possible, and no more than 10 years old. Please submit single authored samples only, unless submitting as a writing partnership.)
    • A CV highlighting your work in professional theatre with an emphasis on your writing, credited productions, and theatre-maker contributions (maximum 2x A4 pages).
    • Evidence of your previously professionally produced play(s) e.g., reviews, programme, poster/flyer, video links, images, and evidence of awards for your playwriting (if applicable). (A maximum of 3 items will be accepted; larger files can be submitted via Dropbox or WeTransfer. Please note that evidence of staged/rehearsed readings and amateur productions will not be considered.)


14th December            Call out published.

8th January                  Applications open

6th February                Deadline for applications, 5pm

7th & 8th February        Eligibility checks

23rd February              Panel of Artists – reading panel meet for deliberation and nominations

26th February              Successful and unsuccessful applicants notified.

4th March                    Shortlist announcement

14th March                  Ceremony and winner announcement



This call out will be published on ITI’s website and social media platforms. ITI also disseminate callouts through mailing lists and any other suitable targeted methods.

Applications will be reviewed by the Irish Theatre Institute for eligibility and initial review. 

Reading and selection are done by peer panel. The Panel is selected from a diverse range of artists.  The applications will be read over two weeks, and then the panel meet to discuss and deliberate to make the final selection.

Further questions or assistance:

Access support is available for all applications, including alternative formats and tailored assistance. If you’d prefer to meet one of our team to talk through these guidelines or would like to submit your application in another format (like video), please contact us on ITI will cover access costs for any artist where necessary and possible.

If you are selected for the award, we will complete an access requirement audit as part of the induction process to identify and make a plan to meet your needs.

If you have any queries or there are barriers you feel limit your access to the award or application process, please get in touch directly so we can best support you within the means available to us.

ITI is determined to ensure the artists supported through our awards and programmes represent contemporary Ireland.  If anyone has any questions, worries, or concerns or before anyone potentially rules themselves out of applying, please contact us.

Please contact Lisa Nally at

If you prefer not to email, please call on 01-6704906.

The Phelim Donlon Playwright’s Bursary & Residency is supported through the generosity of a private donor and funded by the Arts Council /An Chomhairle Ealaíon.