MAKE is an artist development programme and residency initiative of Cork Midsummer Festival, Tiger Dublin Fringe , Project Arts Centre and Theatre Forum. It is open to Irish and international artists for the purpose of generating new performance work outside of the traditional writer-led model at all career levels.

Since the first MAKE in 2009, over 100 Irish and international artists have been MAKE residents, receiving mentoring support from renowned international theatre makers. Past programmes have borne highly acclaimed performance work and collaborations going on to tour here in Ireland and internationally.  

MAKE 2017 will take place from Saturday 25 February to Sunday 5 March 2017 at The Tyrone Guthrie Centre, a centre for creative artists at Annaghmakerrig, Co Monaghan.

MAKE provides valuable time and focus for fifteen performance makers to develop work.  The residency at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre offers thinking time, studio space and mentorship to develop theatre and performance projects, working individually or in collaboration with other artists.  Groups are welcome to apply.  Renowned international mentors are on hand with support and guidance.  Mentors for MAKE 2017 include Mark Storor and Maiko Yamamoto. 

Production and AV supports are also available to residents.

Here is a short film on MAKE 2016.

Here is a short film on MAKE 2015.

MAKE 2017 applications

MAKE takes the form of an annual residential laboratory where ideas for new performance work are developed with the mentorship of renowned theatre artists and for some, in collaboration with other participants.  MAKE puts emphasis on the generation of new performance work outside of the traditional writer-led model.  It is open to artists exploring a variety of dramaturgical models in their work incuding devised work, documentary theatre work, text-driven work using found or fragmentary texts, new writing experimenting with form and more recently, music theatre.

As always, applications from international artists are welcome too.  If successful, international applicants are encouraged to look to their own arts funders and Councils for support towards the costs of travel to Ireland.

The panel uses the following criteria in selecting participants: 

  • Artistic output to date
  • Artistic ethos and ambition of the applicant’s MAKE project
  • Benefit that participating in MAKE would offer artist
  • The group dynamic.

Each individual or group should bring one project idea that they are focussed on developing.  Please bear in mind that the practicalities of this residency mean that it’s best to work at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre in groups of three or less.  Those working in groups need to demonstrate that they have previous experience of working together. If you wish to apply, download the application form, complete and email to manager(at)

Please note that if you are making a joint application that  the group just needs to complete one form. Note the Friday 2 December 2016 closing date for all MAKE 2017 applications. If you have any questions about the application process, please contact Irma McLoughlin or Anna Walsh, Theatre Forum 01 6778779 or email manager(at)

MAKE mentors
The purpose of MAKE is to provide mentor support for performance makers as they make new work.  In its ninth year now, this programme brings together fifteen artists with three mentors.  Mentorship is provided by international artists, each with a wealth of experience in creating new work.   Successful applicants are matched to the mentor most appropriate to their project, practice and where relevant, collaborators. Artists pursue their ideas individually or collaboratively while MAKE mentors offer encouragement in addition to challenge and critical rigour.  Mentors for MAKE 2017 include Mark Storor and Maiko Yamamoto. 

MAKE practicalities

The ninth programme will run from Saturday 25 February until Sunday 5 March 2017 inclusive at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Annaghmakerrig, Co. Monaghan.  In return for a registration fee of 50 euro per person, residents are provided with accommodation and a work space at the Centre. All meals as well as transfer by bus from Dublin to and from the Centre are included. Residents need only bring their own materials, equipment or instruments required to develop their work.

MAKE key dates

Call out for applications: 15 November 2016
Applications close: Friday 2 December 2016
Offers to successful MAKE 2017  applicants: Friday 9 December 2016
Public announcement of MAKE 2017 artists and mentors: January 2017
MAKE 2017:  Saturday 25 February – Sunday 5 March 2017

MAKE is funded by the Arts Council Theatre Development Fund. 

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