Top row,L-R: Shaun Dunne, Veronica Dyas, Fionnuala Gygax, Genevieve Hulme-Beaman, Bottom row, L-R: Stephen Jones, Tracy Martin and Eoghan Quinn

Six in the Attic is Irish Theatre Institute (ITI)’s key artist development programme providing artists with the space and resources to create and develop work.

Now in its ninth year Six in the Attic focuses on supporting writers and theatre makers through mentoring, training and establishing a community of artists who share the attic space in Irish Theatre Institute in Dublin city centre.

Each artist will receive bespoke mentoring from ITI Co-Directors (Siobhán Bourke and Jane Daly), access to information services and expertise from ITI staff, an artists’ practice bursary (€500), and access to a series of talks and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) workshops with industry experts. 

Through Six in the Attic, ITI aims to support and resource a community of professional theatre makers and artists to 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.

Applications for 2021 are now open, find more details here

2019/2020 Participants:

  • Shaun Dunne
    Shaun is a Dublin-based theatre and film artist who merges testimony and documentary material with new writing. He works primarily with Talking Shop Ensemble and their work to date includes the multi award-winning Death of the Tradesmen and Advocacy as well as a recent nationwide tour of Rapids.

  • Veronica Dyas
    Veronica is an artist working primarily through theatre, new text & installation. Facilitation, Action and LOVE are crucial to her practice. She works regularly with communities of identity, purpose and/or place. Plays include ‘My Son My Son’ (2018), ‘HERE & NOW (I live here now)’ (2018); ‘In My Bed’ (2011).

  • Fionnuala Gygax
    Fionnuala is an actor/ theatre-maker and writer. She is a co-founder of theatre company, Chaos Factory. She was awarded the ‘Next Generation Award’ by the Arts Council in 2017/2018. She is currently a participant on the Pan Pan International Mentorship, mentored by Johanna Freiburg (She She Pop/Gob Squad). Her play HOSTEL 16 was nominated for the Stewart Parker Award. Fionnuala is interested in making ambitious, contemporary work, which interrogates form and spans across genre.

  • Genevieve Hulme-Beaman
    Genevieve is an award winning Actress, playwright and theatre maker, Genevieve trained in the Gaiety School of acting and The Philippe Gaulier school Paris, working extensively in theatre and TV both in the UK and Ireland. Genevieve has performed with some of Ireland's leading theatre companies and won several awards for her first play Pondling. She is co- founder of Ezzybody productions and an Associate Artist of Theatre Lovett. She is currently developming, Rat King, a follow up piece to her first play Pondling.

  • Stephen Jones
    Stephen is an Actor and Playwright from Tallaght. He graduated from UCD with an M.A. in Creative Writing. His plays include A Certain Romance, From Eden (winner of the Stewart Parker Trust/BBC Northern Ireland Radio Drama Award) and Northern Lights (nominated for ‘Best New Play’ Irish Times Theatre Awards, nominated ‘Best Theatre Script’ Irish Writers Guild)

  • Tracy Martin
    Tracy is Artistic Director of Red Bear. Previous works include ‘Dublin Will Show You How’, ‘Coast’, ‘Harder Faster More’, and ‘WRAPPED’. She has been nominated for the Stewart Parker Award, First Fortnight, Fishamble New Play Award, Best Spiegeltent Show, BBC Radio Drama Awards for Best European Drama. Screen Ireland has recently commissioned her first short film.

  • Eoghan Quinn
    Eoghan is a writer, performer, and founding member of Collapsing Horse Theatre. He holds a PhD in English from NYU, where he was a MacCracken Fellow from 2013-2019. Recent work includes The Water Orchard (Project Arts Centre, 2017; nominated for Stewart Parker Trust Award), and Bears in Space (59e59 NYC; Soho Theatre London; Underbelly, Edinburgh; PAC Dublin; 2014-2016).