2012 has been a very busy, engaging and productive year for ITI despite the challenges of reduced funding and diminishing resources. Using the resilience and creativity inherent in the artistic community, people have found in11ative ways to make work and partnerships have become increasingly important. ITI has not only maintained but has grown its range of services and artist supports in 2012 and hope that we can continue to do so in 2013.
In 2012, ITI did the following:
- We had 2,400 people come through the door of our premises at 17 Eustace Street to use our rooms, resources and expertise.
- 182 theatre artists engaged in our one-to-one Information Clinics at ITI and ‘on the road’ in Galway and Cork where we responded to requests for advice and information on topics such as touring, budgeting, project management, funding application procedures and how to build a sustainable career in the arts.
- In March, following the first meeting of its newly appointed Advisory Board, ITI became the official Irish centre for the International Theatre Institute Network and celebrated UNESCO World Theatre Day.
- Throughout the year we had a remarkable time working with the talented participants on the second cycle of our Six In the Attic scheme: Andrew Adamson (Actor/Theatre Maker, the Collective Theatre Company), Amy Conroy (Actor/Writer, HotforTheatre), Conor Hanratty (Director), Elaine Murphy (Playwright), Lara Hickey (Independent Producer), Ray Scannell (Playwright) and Theatre Lovett (‘Purveyors of Fine Theatre for Men, Women and Children’) who, between them, worked on 18 productions which reached an audience of over 12,500 people.
- In June ITI held a gathering for family, friends and theatrical colleagues to mark the first anniversary of the death of the renowned actress and theatre producer Phyllis Ryan (1920 – 2011). Biographical information, testimonials and a picture gallery were made available online and a special podcast was recorded by Aonghus Óg McAnally in conversation with Tony O’Dalaigh, Maureen McGlynn and Michael Scott who recalled their memories of working with Phyllis.
- 2012 was the third year of Show in a Bag, (an artist development initiative of Dublin Fringe Festival, Fishamble: The New Play Company and Irish Theatre Institute to resource theatre makers and actors); six theatre makers created five new small-scale productions which played to an audience of over 1,200 people during ABSOLUT Fringe. Throughout the year our 2011 Shows in a Bag were revived for Irish and international tours where they reached an audience of over 4,900.
- In September, 120 people participated in the 7th Information Toolbox in the Wood Quay Venue during ABSOLUT Fringe. 51 artists/companies met with 44 arts organisations (including 6 International presenters) across more than 700 eight minute meetings.
- In October (4th – 7th), during Dublin Theatre Festival, 120 artists and
producers participated in our one-day 19th International Theatre Exchange; 35 Irish Companies or artists from Belfast, Cork, Dublin, Galway, Kerry, Kildare, Leitrim, Meath and Westmeath met with 38 Presenters from international festivals and venues. Over 220 meetings took place during the “Meet the Presenter” sessions in the afternoon and over the course of the weekend the international presenters saw almost 300 performances of Irish work (an average of 7 shows per presenter). Numerous international touring invitations have now been secured for 2013 and 2014.
- Three companies (Calipo Theatre Co., HotForTheatre, and 06k Ensemble) were selected for the 5th edition of ReViewed (a partnership between Culture Ireland, Irish Theatre Institute and Dublin Theatre Festival which is a curated showcase of successful Irish productions revived and restaged especially for the Festival).
- Internationally, ITI attended Under the Radar Festival and the Association of Performing Arts Presenters showcase conference in New York; participated in the Australian Performing Arts Market in Adelaide; visited Edinburgh to network at the annual festival and fringe; attended IETM in Copenhagen (March) and Zagreb (October) in preparation for the event being held in Dublin in April 2013.
- In November and December ITI, working with Theatre Forum, held the first two Marketplace meetings for presenting venues and production companies across Theatre, Dance, Music and Opera. Marketplace is an initiative of Arts Audiences and the Arts Council.
- In December, from a very competitive application and interview process, we selected the participant artists and companies for Six in the Attic 2013 Cycle III which will begin in January.
We, at ITI, would like to thank our core funders the Arts Council and our project funders Culture Ireland (international), Foras na Gaeilge (Playography na Gaeilge) and Dublin City Council (Information Toolbox) for making all of our work this year possible. We thoroughly enjoyed working with our project partners ABSOLUT Fringe, Fishamble: the New Play Company and Dublin Theatre Festival and hope to continue working together in 2013. Finally, we want to say a big thank you to the theatre makers who created such inspirational and exciting work in 2012. We look forward to working with you in 2013 and supporting the making of your work in whatever ways we can.
Siobhán Bourke, 01e Daly and Claire O’Neill