L-R, Top row: Fionn Foley, Aonghus Óg McAnally and Janet Moran, L-R Middle row: Aisling O’Mara, Michelle Read, Sarah Jane Scott, Darren Donohue, Katie Holly and Oisín Kearney, L-R Bottom row: Joanne Ryan, Bob Kelly, Irene Kelleher and Michael Patrick.

Six in the Attic is Irish Theatre Institute (ITI)’s key artist development programme supporting writers and theatre makers through mentoring, continuing professional development, networking and immersion in a community of artists who share the attic experience, both in person and online.

Now in its tenth year Six in the Attic aims to support and resource a community of professional theatre makers and artists to engage, explore, develop, debate and collaborate on their projects. 

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 (€1000), and access to a series of talks and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) workshops with industry experts. 

Six in the Attic (SITA) artists in Dublin will have access to designated desk space in our building in the city centre. For those joining virtually, ITI will engage with partner organisations in selected artists’ locales to broker access to desk/workspace on a short-term basis. All SITA artists will have access to ITI’s rehearsal/meeting room spaces in Dublin for development and collaboration sessions (Covid-19 restrictions permitting).

Six in the Attic encourages participants to realise their artistic ambition, enhance their professional skills and facilitates them in fulfilling their artistic goals across 12months.

SITA artists are selected by open call, 2021 applications are now closed. Find out more about the 2021 participants below:

2021 Participants:

  • Darren Donohue
    Darren is a playwright and poet living in Co. Kilkenny. Most recently he won the Bread and Roses Playwriting Award, 2019 and the Radius Playwriting Competition, 2020 in association with Finborough Theatre. Also, in 2020, he was also shortlisted for the Nick Darke Award and awarded the Dennis O’Driscoll Literary Award. He is currently developing new work with Asylum Theatre Company.

  • Fionn Foley
    Fionn is writer, composer and performer. His recent theatre credits include '14 Voices from the Bloodied Field' (Abbey Theatre), ‘Brendan Galileo for Europe’ (Ireland & UK Tour, Winner 'Bewleys Little Gem' and 'Best Performer', Dublin Fringe 2018) and ‘Fierce Notions’ (Winner 'Judge's Choice' Dublin Fringe 2017).

  • Katie Holly
    Katie is playwright from Co. Cork. Her plays ‘Marion’ (2016), ‘Sharon ‘(2017) and ‘Crowman’ (2018) premiered at Cork Midsummer Festival, and subsequently toured nationally. An RTE Radio 1 recording of ‘Sharon’ won Best Digital Drama at New York Festivals Awards 2019. She was also commissioned by Cork County Council to write ‘Crossword’ in 2019.

  • Oisín Kearney
    Oisín Kearney (writer/director) and Michael Patrick (actor/writer) are based in Belfast. Their writing includes ‘The Alternative’ (Fishamble) and ‘My Left Nut’ (now a BBC 3 series). They are under commission with Prime Cut Productions and Oisín is working with Michael on his HAVEN commission with Project Arts Centre.

  • Irene Kelleher
    Irene is a playwright and performer from Cork. Her play ‘Mary and Me’, published by Oberon, is an RTÉ produced radio play. ‘Gone Full Havisham’ enjoyed sell-out runs in the Cork Midsummer Festival, Edinburgh Fringe and Bewleys. ‘The Misfit Mythology’ was most recently produced as a Live Audio broadcast by the Everyman. She is a Masters graduate of Drama & Theatre Studies and English at UCC.

  • Bob Kelly
    Bob is a writer and actor based in Leitrim. A Lecoq-trained actor, Bob has performed widely on Irish and international stages. In 2020 he shared the Irish Times Theatre Award for Best Ensemble, and his anti-fascist short film Vote Matty was selected for the Screen Skills/Bow Street Actor as Creator scheme. Recent writing includes ‘Tintown’ for Blue Raincoat, and Landmark Productions' upcoming musical adaption of ‘Breakfast on Pluto’.

  • Aonghus Óg McAnally
    Aonghus is an award-winning actor, director, producer and writer, and is Artistic Director of Rise Productions. He trained at the Samuel Beckett Centre in TCD, and with Anne Bogart’s SITI Company in New York.

  • Janet Moran
    Janet is an actor, writer and director. As an actor, she has worked with the leading theatre companies in Ireland. She co-wrote and performed in the hit play ‘Swing’. More recently she wrote and directed ‘A Holy Show’ (Dublin Fringe, Edinburgh, National Tour) which was also adapted for RTÉ Radio 1. Directing credits include, ‘My Romantic History’ (Verdant), ‘Looking for América’ (DTF) and ‘Pure Mental’ (Riverbank)

  • Aisling O'Mara
    Aisling is a writer and actor. Aisling co-wrote Rebel Rebel in 2015 that toured nationally and internationally. Aisling then wrote "Nothing But A Toerag'' that had a work-in-progresss in Axis in Ballymun, then full production in Smock Alley and Bewleys Cafe Theatre 2019. Her recent theatre credits include ‘SHIT’ (THISISPOPBABY) ‘The First Pegeen’ (Bewley’s Cafe Theatre) ‘In Our Veins’ (The Abbey Theatre) We Can’t Have Monkeys In The House (The Peacock Theatre). Aisling is the winner of the Jim Mc Naughton Tile Style Bursary Award 2018 in association with Business to Arts.

  • Michael Patrick
    Michael Patrick (actor/writer) and Oisín Kearney (writer/director) are based in Belfast. Their writing includes ‘The Alternative’ (Fishamble) and ‘My Left Nut’ (now a BBC 3 series). They are under commission with Prime Cut Productions and Oisín is working with Michael on his HAVEN commission with Project Arts Centre.

  • Michelle Read
    Michelle is a theatre-maker, playwright and performer. Her focus often lies in exploring female perspectives and identities. Plays include ‘The Other Side’ (READCO, Project), ‘Snakelight’ (Mountains to the Sea), ‘The Nation’s Assets’ (Fishamble), ‘Game Over’ (Dublin Youth Theatre), ‘Romantic Friction’ (Irish and UK tour). Awards include Stewart Parker/BBC NI Drama Award, Hugh Leonard new play award, Edinburgh Fringe First. Michelle is currently working on two new shows for the Bealtaine Festival and the Dublin Theatre Festival in 2021.

  • Joanne Ryan
    Joanne is a Limerick-based theatre maker, playwright and performer. Her acclaimed show Eggsistentialism has toured extensively with runs in Cyprus, The UK, Malaysia and Australia. It won the Lustrum Award at Edinburgh Fringe, The Melbourne Fringe Tour Ready Award, The Sydney Fringe Critics’ Pick Award and was nominated for Best Performance at Melbourne Fringe. In 2018 she won the Stroller’s Network Touring Award. She is working on number of new projects this year.

  • Sarah Jane Scott
    Sarah-Jane is a writer and actor. She trained at The Oxford School of Drama. Her play ‘Appropriate’ (Show In A Bag 2018) has toured extensively (Winner Lustrum Award, Edinburgh Fringe 2019, Winner Spirit of the Fest Award, 1st Irish Festival, NYC 2020). She participated in Druid FUEL 2019. She is currently developing a number of new projects.