This workshop with Siobhán Burke & Leigh Hussey of Irish Theatre Institute gives participants the opportunity to learn the essential skill of applying effectively for funding opportunities as a creative artist.
Siobhán Bourke, Founder and Co-Director, Irish Theatre Institute:
Siobhán Bourke is the founding Director of the Irish Theatre Institute, where she works alongside Jane Daly to promote and support Irish theatre-makers and companies through international networking and showcasing, artist mentoring, conferencing and publications. In 2017, Siobhán and Jane were jointly awarded the Special Tribute Award at the Irish Times Theatre Awards in recognition of their essential work with the Irish Theatre Institute and their long-standing individual commitment to Irish theatre. Siobhán co-edited Stage & Screen Design Ireland 2007- 2014 for Irish Design (ID) in 2015. She was a founding member of Rough Magic Theatre Company (1984), where she worked as Executive Producer until 1998, having produced 50 shows, many of which toured around Ireland and internationally. In 1999, Siobhán edited the Rough Magic: First Plays anthology.
Parallel to her theatre work, Siobhán is a successful Film and TV Producer with her company Saffron Pictures, co-owned with Kathryn Lennon. Productions include the award-winning and critically-acclaimed dramas Whistleblower (RTÉ) and Love is the Drug (RTÉ), and, most recently, a major six-part TV drama Acceptable Risk. Siobhán has served on several boards, including the National Theatre Society, the Dublin Theatre Festival, Project Arts Centre and Dublin City Council Culture Company, and was also on the cultural relations committee of the Department of Foreign Affairs. As an occasional lecturer, she has taught on several arts and culture-related courses, including the Drama and Theatre Studies MPhil in Trinity and UCD’s MA in Cultural Policy and Arts Management.
Leigh Hussey, Programme Coordinator:
As Programme Coordinator, Leigh works across ITI’s programme of events (Information Toolbox and International Theatre eXchange), information provision and artist development initiatives, including Six in the Attic, ACCELERATE, ELEVATOR, prime, DUETS, Show in a Bag and the Phelim Donlon Playwright’s Bursary and Residency. Previously Leigh worked in axis: Ballymun as Arts Programme Coordinator, where she coordinated, curated and delivered a number of key strands of the axis:Ballymun programme,, including programmes that supported emerging and existing artists and their practice. Prior to that, Leigh worked in Draíocht, Blanchardstown, as Children and Youth Arts Manager and interned at Dublin Theatre Festival.