Six in the Attic is an ITI resource-sharing initiative, which provides theatre artists with space, time and practical resources coupled with the mentoring and advice services needed to explore, develop and make work.

In addition to the physical space ITI provides a framework of ongoing support and mentoring including expert advice on a range of topics from networking and touring to application processes, funding schemes, artistic planning, career development and payroll and budget management to each company/artist.

Facilitating artform development is at the core of this scheme and ITI schedules regular informal Six in the Attic coffee meetings for the participants to foster a spirit of collegiality, to provide a forum for information exchange, to create awareness of the activities taking place in No. 17 and to get feedback and progress reports from the participants. Regular bespoke information sessions are also arranged with a variety of key theatre sector stakeholders including funding agencies, presenters and festival directors.

The scheme is designed to provide each participant with access to a range of reliable administrative resources as well as a wealth of in-house expertise to help them engage, explore, develop, debate and collaborate on their projects. Six in the Attic encourages participants to realise their artistic ambition, enhance their professional skills and facilitates them in fulfilling their artistic goals. 


Current Participants:

  • Dylan Coburn Gray

    Dylan Coburn Gray is a writer based in Dublin. His work includes "Boys and Girls" (Dublin Fringe Festival 2013, winner of Best New Writing Award, nominated for the Stewart Parker Trust Award), "Drawing Crosses on a Dusty Windowpane" (Dublin Fringe 2015), "Briseis After the Black" and "Blackcatfishmusketeer" (Dublin Fringe 2016), and "This Is A Room..." (with Dublin Youth Theatre, as part of Dublin Theatre Festival 2017). He is a collaborating writer with MALAPROP Theatre, winners of the 2015 Spirit of Fringe Commission Award for "Love+". Other work with MALAPROP includes "Jericho" (commissioned by Bewleys Café Theatre) and "Everything Not Saved" (Dublin Fringe 2017, winner of the Georganne Aldrich Heller award). His play "Citysong" was the winner of the 2017 Verity Bargate Award. His work has won praise for its innovative use of language and playfully inventive approach to form, blurring the line between poetry and drama.

  • Emily Gillmor Murphy

    Emily is an Irish novelist/ playwright. Her debut novel "You and I" was published with Random House 2012, and in it’s first week reached no.2 in the Irish best sellers chart. In 2014, her second novel "One Chance" was published. Both books received high critical acclaim and have been published in Ireland, UK and Germany. "A Boy called Nedd", Emily’s debut play, was showcased with Druid Theatre Company, directed by Rosemary McKenna, as part of the Galway International Arts Festival 2014. "A Boy called Nedd" had its world premiere with Theatre Upstairs and Bitter like a Lemon Theatre Company in 2015, directed by Karl Shiels. It went on to be shortlisted for The Stewart Parker Trust 2016. Her second play "ALL TALK" has been professionally read as part of New Theatre Dublin New Writer’s week 2016. Emily has been commissioned by the EU Collective Plays to write a new play for 2018. Emily’s newest play "Monster?" had its world premiere with Theatre Upstairs on the 14th April 2017, directed by Karl Shiels. "Her Fingernails", a short play by Emily, was produced on June 6th and 7th with Writer’s Avenue London Theatre Company, directed by Sandra Thompson-Quartey. Emily is represented by literary agent Marianne Gunn-O’Connor and Ikenna Obiekwe (Independent Talent). In school Emily struggled with dyslexia, but her love of literature and the arts helped her overcome it.

  • Martin Sharry

    Martin Sharry is a writer and theatre maker from the Aran Islands and based in Dublin. His first solo show "I Am Martin Sharry" was inspired by a time when three generations lived under the one roof and shared the same name. This was successfully presented at Cork Solstice, the Dublin Fringe and Galway in 2012. He then wrote and directed "Looking For Work", Project, 2014, "Without You I Am Nothing", Live Collision, 2014 and "GIFT", 2014. "The Impossible Address" was co-created with Brendan Rehill and Tim Creed on Inis Oirr, 2015. It involved a ‘sound walk’ before the performance. "Marky Mac Sherry Tells It Like It Is" was nominated for Spirit of the Fringe and the Judges' Award, Dublin Fringe, 2015. Experimentation with form continued with "Boxes", Tulca, Visual Arts Festival, Galway, 2016. Martin wrote and directed "Playboyz", which enjoyed a sold out run in The Dublin Theatre Festival, 2017. Martin works the form of theatre, the encounter between people opposite people, to discover new and urgent stories.

  • Noni Stapleton

    Noni Stapleton is an Irish playwright and actor. She was awarded the Stewart Parker Bursary for her one woman show "Charolais", which also won The Little Gem Award at Tiger Dublin Fringe and Best monologue Bouquet at Edinburgh Fringe. It was shortlisted by The Writers Guild of Ireland for best theatre script in 2014 and selected as a finalist for The Susan Smith Blackburn Prize 2015. Noni won a Best Acress Award for her performance in the radio adaptation of "Charolais" at the New York Festivals International Radio Awards. "Charolais" continues to tour nationally and internationally and has played more than 135 shows in over 50 venues. Noni co-wrote and performed in "One Sorrow" and "Two For a Girl" both of which enjoyed highly successful Irish tours."Two for a Girl" which was published by Stinging Fly Press was nominated for the Jayne Snow Award for "Innovation and Bravery in Theatre".

  • Oonagh Murphy

    Oonagh Murphy is a theatre director working across a diverse range of contexts in Ireland and the UK. She has worked with companies such as the Abbey Theatre, Druid Theatre Company, Royal Shakespeare Company, The Lir and Project Arts Centre. Recent directing credits include "Mojo" at the Lir and "Creaking", co-created with Noelle Brown as part of First Fortnight Festival. She developed a new participatory performance piece, "Give Me Your Skin", which premiered at Battersea Arts Centre earlier this year. Recently Oonagh directed the award-winning "Tribes" by Nina Raine at the Gate Theatre, as part of Dublin Theatre Festival. Alongside her theatre work, Oonagh engages in community development and activism. Earlier this year, she was awarded the inaugural Labour Party Jo Cox Award for a young Irish female campaigner.

  • Pat McGrath

    In 2013 Pat wrote and appeared in "Small Plastic Wars" during Dublin Fringe Festival and was nominated for two Fringe Awards and toured the play nationally as well as to France, Finland and Wales. Pat was subsequently nominated for the Stewart Parker Award. He was selected for MAKE artist residency at Tyrone Guthrie Centre 2014, He studied sculpture at D.I.T. and started acting with Co-Motion Theatre Company while still in college. He has made a small living appearing in many films and playing in most of the theatres and halls throughout Ireland as well as Spain, Poland, London and Finland with companies such as Co-Motion and The Passion Machine and most recently with THEATREclub. Pat has also worked extensively as a community artist on many different projects throughout Dublin. At the Edinburgh Festival 2000, he won a Herald Angel for his performance in Pat McCabe's "Loco County Lonesome". In 2017 he was awarded a bursary from Dublin City Council to complete his play “Always Going Home”.

  • Zoe Ní Riordáin

    Zoe is a theatre writer/ director and musician from Dublin. Working with collaborator Maud Lee, she makes experimental work that brings her practice as a musician and songwriter into a theatrical context. Her current project, "Everything I Do", received a work-in-progress showing at Dublin Theatre Festival 2017, which she wrote and performed. Zoe wrote and directed "Recovery" (Project Arts Centre April '16, Centre Culturel Irlandais Dec '17). She was selected for MAKE artist residency at Tyrone Guthrie Centre March 2015, mentored by Justin Vivian Bond, Brett Bailey and Ragnheidur Skuladottir. She co-wrote and directed "The Well Rested Terrorist" (Peacock Theatre, Tiger Dublin Fringe Festival 2014, nominated for Best Ensemble award). Other directing credits include; the European premiere of Toshiki Okada’s "ENJOY" (Project Arts Centre, Rough Magic SEEDS production), "The Lesson" by Eugene Ionesco (Project Arts Centre, May ‘13), "After The End" by Dennis Kelly (BAC, London, ‘10). As a cellist, Zoe is a founder member of contemporary electro-pop band Maud in Cahoots. Zoe was selected as the director on the Rough Magic SEEDS programme 2014-2015. She is associate artist of Project Arts Centre Dublin.