On 18th 05, Irish Theatre Institute, in association with Age & Opportunity’s Bealtaine Festival, launched our pilot PRIME programme, designed to provide career supports and training opportunities for the older theatre practitioner. The scheme began with three intensive days in 05 (18th – 20th) with three further dates scheduled for the coming months (10th June, 15th July and 2nd September). The focus of the programme is on the following strands: Physical & Mental Well-being; Arts Entrepreneurship and Your Career; Networking.
Highlights from the 05 dates are detailed below.
Day 1 | Monday 18th 05
Warm up Exercise: Voice
Andrea Ainsworth, Voice Director, Abbey Theatre
Techniques to assist in warming the voice and sustaining your instrument.
Managing your Money
Gaby Smyth, Gaby Smyth & Company, Chartered Accountants
Financial management for working actors who continue to work well beyond the retirement age.
Making your Work: Origination & Development
Gavin Kostick, Literary Manager, Fishamble: The New Play Company
A session on making your own work from idea/origination through to development using Gavin’s insights into and reflections on the Show in a Bag initiative in particular.
Dublin City Arts Office: Supports and Opportunities
Ray Yeates, Dublin City Arts Officer
A discussion on supports, services and opportunities available to older actors through Dublin City Arts Office and Dublin City Council.
Day 2 | Tuesday 19th 05
Alexander Technique Workshop
Sara Shepherd, Irish Society of Alexander Technique Teachers (ISATT)
A practical introduction to the Alexander Technique
Making Your Own Work & Funding
Facilitated by Irish Theatre Institute Co-Directors and General Manager
Group discussion of making your own work and potential funding opportunities currently available.
Being Norwegian at Bewley’s Café Theatre @ Powerscourt
Theatre Upstairs, The Cup Theatre Company and Bewley’s Café Theatre @ Powerscourt
Social Media: Getting Connected/Being Connected and Top Tips
Facilitated by Irish Theatre Institute’s General Manager and Admin and Events Assistant
Getting connected through social media.
Day 3 | Wednesday 20th 05
Ensemble – Wake Up the Body and Sharpen the Mind
Annie Ryan, Artistic Director, The Corn Exchange
A practical workshop in yoga/meditation to wake up the body and sharpen the mind
Case Studies: Show in a Bag/Touring
Invited artists involved previously in Show in a Bag shared their experiences of creating their own work. Show in a Bag is an initiative of Tiger Dublin Fringe, Fishamble: The New Play Company and Irish Theatre Institute to resource theatre makers and actors.
Marion O’Dwyer and Maria McDermottroe, Payback! Absolut Fringe 2012
Pat McGrath, Small Plastic Wars, Dublin Fringe 2013
Producing & Touring
Pat Moylan, Theatre Producer, Former Chair of The Arts Council
A discussion with theatre producer Pat Moylan on her work to date including recent projects.
Financial Planning into Older Age: Challenges & Opportunities
Aidan Kelly, Independent Financial Advisor.
A session on financial planning into older age, saving and pension options
Guest Director Session # 1
Lynne Parker, Artistic Director, Rough Magic
A discussion with Lynne Parker about her approach to her practice, her experience of working with older actors and the challenges and opportunities that this presents.
Casting | Bow Street
Maureen Hughes, Casting Director at Maureen Hughes Casting
Participants travelled to Bow Street with ITI Co-Directors for a site visit and discussion facilitated by Maureen Hughes.