Who is eligible and how can I apply for Next Stage 2017?


Applications are invited from anyone working professionally in theatre and the performing arts. Theatre artists and makers at an early career stage as well as more established and experienced professionals are invited to apply. It’s important that each group is a diverse one for participants to get the most of the programme.  Note a change to the eligibility criteria from previous years which means practitioners who have previously participated in the Next Stage can apply again to do the 2017 programme.


Participation in the  Next Stage programme is by application only.  To apply, please complete this online application form and submit it, along with your CV, before the 5pm 16 August deadline.

Applications open on Wednesday 26 July.

Places will be offered to successful applicants on Wednesday 23 August.


Each year, participants are selected by a panel made up of Dublin Theatre Festival and Theatre Forum representatives as well as the programme facilitator. The panel reviews all applications received and the following selection criteria are applied:

  • Applicant’s artistic ethos and goals
  • Applicant’s artistic output to date
  • Applicant’s likely role and fit with the group
  • The overall group dynamic and its diversity
  • The potential for future collaboration within the group.

Programme participants are required to confirm their availability to attend all sessions as well as performances most evenings for the duration of the Festival.. Sundays will mostly be free. 


For selected participants, the fee to confirm a Next Stage place is €100 per participant. This fee covers all of the programme workshops and events, theatre tickets and Festival Club membership. It’s a non-refundable fee and must be paid by Friday 8 September.


email Theatre Forum on info(at)theatreforum.ie or call +353 1 6778779 with any questions.

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