About MAKE

MAKE is an artist development programme and residency initiative of Cork Midsummer FestivalDublin Fringe FestivalProject Arts Centre and Theatre Forum. It is open to artists for the purpose of generating new performance work outside of the traditional writer-led model at all career levels.

Since the first MAKE in 2009, over 130 Irish and international artists have been MAKE residents, receiving mentoring support from renowned international theatre makers. Past programmes have borne highly acclaimed performance work and collaborations going on to tour here in Ireland and internationally.

The 13th MAKE residency will run from 29 November – 3 December 2021, 10am – 6pm daily. Following on from MAKE 2020, this year’s MAKE will continue in an online format, providing valuable time and focus for performance makers, wherever they are. International mentors will be on hand with support, provocation and guidance via digital channels. The programme will offer a one week artist fee, peer support and mentorship to develop theatre and performance projects, working individually or in collaboration with other artists. Groups of up to three artists are welcome to apply. The programme will be configured in response to the participating artists’ needs to support them to work at home or, where necessary and possible, in a local studio in line with public health guidelines at the time.

MAKE takes the form of an annual residential laboratory where ideas for new performance work are developed with the mentorship of renowned theatre artists and for some, in collaboration with other participants. MAKE puts emphasis on the generation of new performance work outside of the traditional writer-led model. It is open to artists exploring a variety of dramaturgical models in their work including devised work, documentary theatre work, text-driven work using found or fragmentary texts, music theatre, new writing experimenting with form, digital and interactive presentation formats.

MAKE 2021 will be open to Irish artists/artists based in Ireland only. We hope to return to the traditional in-person programme for MAKE next year and applications from international artists will once again be most welcome.

This edition of MAKE is tailored for artists who are:

  • Developing a new performance work or
  • Seeking new approaches to connecting with their artistic practice

Participation in MAKE is by application only. Complete this online application form. Full attendance 29 Nov – 3 Dec, 10am – 6pm is required.

The deadline for receipt of applications is 6pm on 25 October. Successful applicants will be advised on 1 November.

Successful applicants will receive a fee of €1000, support from an international mentor, meetings with a network of peers and support from the MAKE partners. The MAKE coordinating team will collaborate with the selected artists to create a programme that fits their needs, and delivers the optimum conditions for developing their work and connecting with their peers and mentors.

The MAKE partners are committed to accessibility and want to make sure that MAKE is accessible to all artists, whatever their situation. If having some additional support would make the difference for you in being able to take part, please notify us in your application. We will work with you on a case-by-case basis to see how we can help remove what barriers may be in place for you, within a limited budget.


The selection panel uses the following criteria:

  • Artistic output to date
  • Artistic ethos and ambition of the applicant’s proposal
  • Benefit that participating in this edition MAKE would offer artist
  • The group dynamic