Irish Theatre Institute (ITI) invites applications from bilingual actors (English and Irish), who wish to participate in a 2-day self-taping workshop with Casting Director Maureen Hughes on the 28th & 29th January at Bow Street Academy, Smithfield.

Participants in this workshop can expect to learn new and improve existing techniques, improve Irish language competencies and gain confidence around the self-taping process. Actors will shoot one-to-one scenes with direction and critique, viewing their work onscreen together with evaluation and feedback.


• This Irish Theatre Institute training initiative is available free of charge to eligible participants through funding from Foras na Gaeilge.


• Participants must be practising professional actors for theatre and/or screen, with professional acting experience in the Irish language and sufficient proficiency to work in the room. (Previous participants have had varying levels of Irish which did not detract from their experience of the workshop.)

• Each individual must submit a CV, outlining their recent professional acting experience for theatre and/or screen.

• Each individual must submit a cover letter answering the question “How do you think this self-taping training opportunity would benefit you and your practice?” (150 words max)

• Participants must be fully available to complete the two-day workshop on Tuesday 28th and Wednesday 29th January 2020, 10.00am-4pm.

Selection Process

• Applications will be assessed by ITI staff, with a view to selecting participants who satisfactorily meet the criteria set.

• Application is by open call to ensure fair selection and a diverse range of participants. A minimum of 8 places will be selected through this process. In addition, ITI may allocate a maximum 2 places to artists engaged in its artist programmes at its discretion.  

Application Deadline

• Applications should be completed in full and sent by email to Leigh Hussey, Programme Co-ordinator, by Monday 20th January, 5pm.


• All applications will be acknowledged by email. If you apply and do not receive an email, please contact us to ensure your application has reached us safely.

About Maureen Hughes:

Maureen Hughes began her career at the Druid Theatre, Galway in 1984. In 1991, she became Casting Director at the Abbey Theatre under the Artistic Directorship of Garry Hynes, where she remained until 1994. She joined UK Casting Director Susie Figgis in 1996 to find the lead casting for Neil Jordan’s ’The Butcher Boy’ and subsequently went freelance in film and television casting.

Maureen has cast over 40 Irish features and 22 dramas, with credits including ‘Once’, ‘Love/Hate’, ‘Acceptable Risk’, ‘Raw’ and the political biopic ‘Charlie’. Film credits include the low budget Irish film ‘Once’ which won an Oscar for Best Song in 2009 and ‘Six Shooter’ which won the Oscar for Best Live Short in 2006. Television work includes ‘Amber’, ‘Single Handed’ – all of which have broadcast on RTE. Maureen operates out of the Bow Street Academy for Screen Acting in Dublin and continues to work as Consultant Casting Director with Druid Theatre Company.

General Data Protection Regulation

The purpose for processing your data is to process your application to the Bilingual self-taping workshop. Your information will be retained for five years if you are granted a place on the workshop and for one year if your application is unsuccessful. If you do not furnish the personal data requested, ITI will not be able to process your application.

Irish Theatre Institute is proudly funded by the Arts Council /An Chomhairle Ealaíon.

ITI’s bilingual self-taping workshop is supported by Foras na Gaeilge.