ELEVATOR 2018: A resource sharing initiative by Irish Theatre Institute in association with Town Hall Theatre, Galway

ELEVATOR 2018 emerging producers have had a busy five months. The four Galway-based participants (Féilim O’hAoláin, Jill Murray, Kate Murphy and Síomha Nee), have taken part in a programme of professional development sessions, mentoring, peer learning and have attended festivals and performances in Ireland and the UK. These sessions are held monthly in Dublin or Galway and have included meetings with producers and industry experts and bespoke workshops.

July (Dublin):

• Meet the Producers: Matthew Smyth (Collapsing Horse/ANU    Productions) and Michelle Cahill (ELEVATOR alumnus) to hear about producing with a theatre company and freelance

• Performance of Sharon written and directed by Katie Holly, Bewleys Café Theatre 

• Meeting with Rachel West, Head of Theatre, Arts Council to hear about funding awards and supports for the sector offered by the Arts Council

July (Galway):

• Meet the Producers: David Horan and Iseult Golden to hear about producing and touring Class

• Performance of Shelter by Cristín Kehoe, produced by Druid in the Mick Lally Theatre

• Performance of Furniture by Sonya Kelly, produced by Druid in the Mick Lally Theatre

• Financial Management and Budgeting workshop with Bernie Harrigan, Freelance Management Accountant

• Performance of The Aspirations of Daisy Morrow, by Chris Drummond, adapted from the short story “Down at the Dump” by Patrick White, produced by Brink Productions, in the Black Box Theatre

• Meet the Producer: Lee-Anne Donnolley, Producer Far and Away Productions, Adelaide 

August (Dublin):

• Writing Arts Council Project Award and Bursary funding applications workshop

• Performance of FRNKNSTN by Michael West, produced by Theatre Lovett in the Peacock stage at the Abbey Theatre

• Contract Law and Copyright with Andrea Martin, partner, MediaLawyer Solicitors

• Meeting with Selina Cartmell, Artistic Director, the Gate Theatre

• Performance of The Snapper by Roddy Doyle at the Gate Theatre

September (Dublin):

• National and International Networking in action: ELEVATOR producers attended Information Toolbox, ITI’s annual networking event for Dublin Fringe-programmed artists to meet national and international presenters, programmers and venue managers  

• Pitching in action I: a showcase of fringe shows ready to tour featuring excerpts from the Show in a Bag shows Ireland’s Call written and performed by John Connors; Brendan Galileo for Europe written and performed by Fionn Foley; Split Ends written and performed by Lauren Larkin; and Appropriate written and performed by Sarah-Jane Scott

• Pitching in action II: Things We Haven’t Made Yet, a pitching session where Irish artists introduced upcoming projects with an eye to securing development and project/touring partners.

• Performance of Madhouse by Úna McKevitt at the Peacock stage at the Abbey Theatre.

October (Dublin):

• International Networking in action: Culture Ireland Pitching Sessions presented by ITI and Culture Ireland in the Peacock stage at the Abbey Theatre. Theatre artists pitching included:

   – FRNKNSTN by Michael West, Theatre Lovett

  – Soldier Still, Junk Ensemble

  – Spliced by Timmy Creed, The Half of It Productions

  – The Half of It by Karen Cogan, MOMMO Theatre

  – Everything I Do, One Two One Two Productions.

• Attending In Development showings of work including Before by Pat Kinevane (Fishamble: The New Play Company) in Project Arts Centre; The Metals by Úna McKevitt and James Scales in the Samuel Beckett Theatre; The Blackwater Lightship by David Horan in Project Arts Centre; Dance Plague by Collapsing Horse in Project Arts Centre

• Attending the ITX International Networking Lunch in Project Arts Centre

• Attending various shows for Dublin Theatre Festival

November (Galway):

• Strategic conversation and feedback on next steps for the group

• Introduction to ELEVATOR Hot Desk space in Druid offices

December (Dublin):

• Commissioning and Venue/Company Contracts workshop with Jane Daly, ITI Co-Director

• Contracts in action: One to Ones clinics with Andrea Martin, partner, MediaLawyer Solicitors

• Taking Out A Tour workshop with Marie Tierney, Production Manager

2019 will provide further opportunities to the ELEVATOR participants to expand their networks, upskill, and develop their careers by continuing a programme of mentoring, strategic planning and training. For further information on this programme please contact Irish Theatre Insitute’s Programme Co-ordinator Leigh Hussey, lhussey@irishtheatreinstitute.ie