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Digital Forum

Our Digital Forum took place on Thursday 4 and Friday 5 February 2021 in partnership with The Space. This event was a modular one consisting of four formal sessions. The Zoom sessions were recorded and these recordings are now available here.


MAKE is an artist development programme and residency initiative of Theatre Forum, Cork Midsummer Festival, Dublin Fringe Festival, and Project Arts Centre. It is open to Irish and international artists for the purpose of generating new performance work outside of the traditional writer-led model at all career levels. Lots more info here.

Next Stage

Theatre Forum and Dublin Theatre Festival work together to produce this long-running artist development programme, The Next Stage. The programme offers theatre makers the opportunity to attend all Festival shows, daily talks, workshops and developmental sessions throughout the Dublin Theatre Festival offering artists an immersive and intensive development opportunity to advance their career to its next stage. Next Stage is funded by the Arts Council Theatre Artist Development Scheme. Lots more info here.

Centre Stage Online

Centre Stage Online is part of a larger European collaborative project developed by the Administration for Cultural Development, the Region Västra Götaland (Sweden), Theatre Forum (Ireland) and Agencia Andaluza de Instituciones (Spain) and co-financed by the EU Creative Europe programme.

Centre Stage Online is a course for performing arts and music artists who wish to develop their communication and artistic leadership skills. The course is free and available in several different languages. Lots more info on

Centre Stage Core

Theatre Forum, along with project partner La Escuela Pública de Formación Cultural de Andalucía (Spain), and lead partner Administration for Cultural Development, the Region Västra Götaland (Sweden), is delighted that their Centre Stage project successfully secured Creative Europe funding under the 2019 round of support to European cooperation projects.  This new project, with a total budget of over €300,000, started in September 2019 and ends in March 2022.

The Centre Stage project is for women performing artists from Sweden, Spain and Ireland.  There’s evidence in each country that women performing artists still earn less, get less funding, are under more time-pressure than their male peers, and are under-represented within publicly funded arts organisations.  This project looks to correct this imbalance by supporting professional women artists to further develop their careers.  It will initiate discussions and practical actions around bias and gender equality in cultural programming. The Centre Stage programme aims to change the thinking of current and future artistic leaders, and develop the links and networks of artists Europe-wide supporting them to put their work centre stage.

The core of the project will be extended artist meetings in Spain, Ireland and Sweden with workshops, symposia and coaching sessions with an online course being made more widely available.