Druid has just announce the inaugural Marie Mullen Bursary, which is opened to female theatre artists working in Ireland in the fields of design, directing and dramaturgy.
"It’s a great honour to launch a bursary for female theatre artists in the name of my great friend and colleague, Marie Mullen," says Artistic Director Garry Hynes.
"It’s a very busy year for Druid in terms of productions and touring but it’s important for us to continue creating opportunities for artists through initiatives such as the Marie Mullen Bursary, alongside our open submissions for playwrights, and our FUEL programme for theatre artists in the West of Ireland.’
Named after actor and Druid co-founder, Marie Mullen, the award is intended to address the historic imbalance of female representation in theatre and to support the professional development of women in Irish theatre.
The Bursary is open to female dramaturgs, directors and designers who have a proven commitment to Irish theatre.
"I have been nourished and inspired by the work of so many artists in my long career in Irish theatre," says Marie Mullen.
"It’s a privilege to have this bursary in my name and I look forward to supporting and working with the women who benefit from it."
The award will provide a female theatre artist with the time, physical resources and mentoring necessary to support their work. There will be one recipient of the Marie Mullen Theatre Bursary in 2018.
The successful recipient will receive a minimum 4 week residency as Associate Artist with Druid on a company production; one-to-one session with Marie Mullen on working in the theatre industry; mentoring opportunities with theatre professionals; for directors/dramturgs: a contract to direct/dramaturg a Druid Debut; opportunity to engage with the Druid Ensemble in relation to a specific project; opportunity to attend FUEL and Druid Academy workshops and events; a bursary award of €2,000
Who can apply? Female artists must apply within the submission window (see below) via an online application only. Applicants must provide two references from an industry professional familiar with their work. Applicants must include a CV outlining recent work
Applicants must currently reside in Ireland. See druid.ie/news for full details.
How to apply: Applications will be accepted from noon (GMT) 8th March until noon (GMT) 27th April 2018 . Incomplete or late applications will not be considered. Applications will be acknowledged by email on receipt.
A selection panel of industry professionals will then determine a shortlist of applicants for interviews. Interviews will take place between 10th and 22nd of May. The successful applicant will be notified by 25th May.