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.
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, subsequently toured to First Irish Theatre Festival in New York and Moscow Fringe's Irish Week), Drawing Crosses on a Dusty Windowpane (Tiger Dublin Fringe 2015), Citysong (Lingo Spoken Word Festival 2015), Briseis After The Black and Blackcatfishmusketeer (Tiger Dublin Fringe 2016). He is a collaborating writer with Malaprop Theatre, winners of the 2015 Spirit of Fringe Commission Award for Love+. He is also a recipient of an Irish Arts Council 16x16 Emerging Artist's Bursary, as part of the 1916 Commemoration Programme. 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. 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 and produced by Garry Hynes, 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 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 is a writer from Inishere, Aran Islands and based in Dublin. He has been involved in theatre since graduating from a Masters in Drama and Theatre Studies at NUIG 2008. Having gained experience playing in Galway – performing, directing and devising as part of an ensemble, he then moved east in 2012. His first solo show was I Am Martin Sharry presented at Cork Solstice, the Dublin Fringe and Galway. Other one man shows played with different contexts –street theatre, live art and stand-up comedy. The latter context was explored in the most recent performance: Marky Mac Sherry Tells It Like It Is, 2015, which was nominated for Spirit of the Fringe and also the Judges' Award. Other works involve wider collaboration such as Looking For Work at Project Arts Centre, 2014. Another example is Playboy, an ongoing project which has received Arts Council funding for development in 2016. Currently he is working on Running + Walking, a new show that relays perspective inspired by the trees.
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 is a theatre-maker, director, dramaturg and creative facilitator. She has worked extensively in Ireland and the U.K. with companies such as Druid, the Abbey Theatre, Donmar Warehouse and the Royal Shakespeare Company. Recent directing credits include Mojo at the Lir and Creaking, co-created with Noelle Brown as part of First Fortnight Festival. She is currently developing a new participatory performance piece, Give Me Your Skin, which will premiere at Battersea Arts Centre later this year.
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. Pat studied sculpture at D.I.T. and started acting while in college with Co-Motion Theatre Company. 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. Pat has also worked extensively as a community artist on many different projects throughout Dublin. At the Edinburgh Festival 2000, Pat won a Herald Angel for his performance in Pat McCabe’s Loco County Lonesome.
Zoe Ní Riordáin
Zoe is a theatre writer/director, songwriter and musician, working freelance in Dublin since 2012. She makes experimental work that brings her practice as a musician and songwriter into a theatrical context. She wrote and directed RECOVERY, a live concept album (Project Arts Centre April 2016). She co-wrote and directed THE WELL RESTED TERRORIST (Abbey Theatre, Peacock Stage Dublin Fringe Festival 2014, Nominated for Best Ensemble Award). She is a founding member of alt-pop band Maud in Cahoots, she plays cello, synths, bass and guitar. She has worked with Pan Pan Theatre Company, Brokentalkers, Junk Ensemble. Other directing credits include The Lesson by Eugene Ionesco (Project Arts Centre, May ‘13). After The End by Dennis Kelly (BAC, London, ‘10). She was on the ROUGH MAGIC SEEDS artist development programme 2015. She directed the European Premiere of ENJOY by Toshiki Okada (Rough Magic SEEDS production, Project Theatre, 2015). She is currently writing a new interdisciplinary piece for theatre in collaboration with Maud Ni Riordain.