L-R, Top row: Shaun Dunne, Veronica Dyas, Fionnuala Gygax, Genevieve Hulme-Beaman, L-R, Bottom row: Stephen Jones, Tracy Martin and Eoghan Quinn

Irish Theatre Institute (ITI) annoucned today the writers/makers who will participate in the Six in the Attic programme (2019/20). Six in the Attic is ITI’s key artist development programme providing artists with both space and resources to create and develop work. Now in its ninth year, the programme focuses on supporting writers and theatre makers through mentoring, continuing professional development (CPD) and the creation of a community of artists who share the attic space in ITI’s building in Dublin city centre.

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 (€500) and access to a series of talks. In addition, a series of formal CPD workshops with industry experts is provided for which each artist receives a daily honorarium.

Through Six in the Attic, ITI works 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.

This year, ITI has selected seven artists, following an open call, shortlisting and interview process, and is delighted to announce, the Six in the Attic 2019/2020 artists are: 

Shaun Dunne

Veronica Dyas

Fionnuala Gygax

Genevieve Hulme-Beaman

Stephen Jones

Tracy Martin

Eoghan Quinn


Co-Director’s Siobhán Bourke and Jane Daly said:

“We are delighted to have been able to offer places to seven artists for our 9th Cycle of Six in the Attic (SITA) and look forward to working with them individually and collectively over the coming 12 months to help them achieve their goals and make work that will progress their careers in Irish theatre. ITI is extremely grateful to the many artists who applied to Six in the Attic this year. We wish that we could assist more of them through this programme and what it shows us is that there is a real need for increased supports and resources for theatre artists so that they can develop and make their work in supported and sustainable ways.” 

For information about the programme and biographies of the participants please see the Artists section of the website. 

Six in the Attic is supported through Strategic Funding from the Arts Council/An Comhairle Ealaíon.