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MAKE is taking place on Inis Oirr
Sunday 19 – Saturday 25 November 2023

Our mentors are Uta Lambertz, Benji Reid, and Ragnheiður Skúladóttir

About MAKE
MAKE is an artist development programme and residency initiative of Cork Midsummer Festival, Dublin Fringe Festival, Project 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 175 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.

MAKE 2023
The 15th MAKE residency will run from Sunday 19 – Saturday 25 November 2023. This year, we are taking the MAKE programme to Inis Oirr for a week of mentorship, collaboration and peer support.

Successful applicants will receive:

  • Support and guidance from an international mentor
  • Group sessions with a network of peers
  • Support from the MAKE partners
  • Access to space in Áras Éanna
  • Accommodation for 6 nights
  • Workspace
  • Artist fee of €600
  • All meals will be provided
  • Transfers bus and ferry

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.

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 offers 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.

Applications are welcome from Ireland-based and international artists.

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.

This is a summary of what you will need to prepare to complete the form:

  • Outline your work in theatre to date and include, where available, online links to videos and reviews of this work. (200-250 words)
  • Outline how you meet the criteria of MAKE as an artist making new performance work outside of the traditional writer-led model? (100-150 words)
  • Tell us about what you propose to work on during the week at MAKE? This can be a proposal for developing a new performance work or seeking new approaches to connecting with your artistic practice (200 – 250 words)
  • What do you think you would get out of MAKE? (200-250 words)
  • Finally, there are referees and a CV upload.

Full attendance from Sunday 19 – Saturday 25 November 2023 is required.

The deadline for receipt of applications is 5pm on Monday 16 October.Successful applicants will be advised on Friday 21 October.

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.

SelectionThe 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

To apply, please fill in the application form

If you have any questions or queries, email Irma

MAKE Mentors

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    Uta Lambertz

    Uta Lambertz (they/them) is a dramaturg, curator and systemic coach who works as artistic coordinator at Kampnagel Hamburg. Lambertz studied Theatre and Media Studies and Communication & Cultural Management and has been part of the programme team at Kampnagel since 2010. As the person responsible for cooperations, Lambertz regularly organizes cross-sector conferences; the focus of the artistic programme work is on performance, theatre, cross-genre and participatory formats – with a special focus on queerness and gender equality. In addition to local and international artists, Lambertz supports national and international networks such as “ACT – Art, Climate, Transition” (Creative Europe) and regularly takes on jury activities and teaching assignments.

  • Benji Reid

    Benji Reid

    Benji Reid is a British photographer, visual theatre maker, and educator. His work focuses on the intersection of race, nationhood and gender with particular attention to the Black British experience,Black masculinity, and mental health.He attended the Northern School of Contemporary Dance, studying ballet, contemporary, choreography, and lighting design. After appearing in Alan Lyddiard’s production of The Tempest at Edinburgh Festival Fringe, he auditioned for Soul II Soul, became chief dancer and co-choreographer for some of their numbers, and went on a world tour as part of the collective.His photograph Holding on to Daddy(2016) was the winner of the Wellcome Photography Prize 2020 in the Mental Health category. A pioneer of Hip Hop Theatre and culture in the UK, Reid defines himself as a ‘Choreo-Photolist’, a term he coined to refer to the practice of merging theatre and choreography in his photography. His work has been shown at the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts in New York, Somerset House in London, and Design Fair Paris.Reid then trained for a year with David Glass, touring nationally with the David Glass Ensemble. He has worked with director Denise Wong and Black Mime Theatre, as well as directing Aeroplane Man by Jonzi D, and co-creating the pieces Silence da Bitchin’ and Cracked.The hip hop musical Avalanche at Nottingham Playhouse marked the foundation of Reid’s own company, Breaking Cycles. Reid took part in the Hip-Hop Theater Festival in New York, and was the curator of The Illness at Sadler’s Wells in London. Reid’s show The Holiday toured to PS122 in New York, Sydney Opera House, the Linbury Theatre at the Royal Opera House, and more. In 2006, Reid founded Process 06, an opportunity to explore Hip Hop Theatre as an educational tool.When his company was left without funds in 2011, Reid’s journey into photography started. His first photography exhibition was A Thousand Words at Contact Theatre. From a love note to his daughter to exploring mental health through surreal portraits and self-portraits,for Reid photography represents a possibility to celebrate love and fragility, challenging stereotypes of Black masculinity. Reid refers to his creative work as ‘part ritual, part photography, and part prayer.’

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    Ragnheiður Skúladóttir

    Ragnheiður Skúladóttir was born and raised in Reykjavík.  She finished her BA in theatre and multimedia at the University of Iowa in 1991 and her MFA at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis in 1996. Following her studies she moved to New York City where she  lived and worked as a performer, performance maker, coach and instructor. In 2000, following a 13 year stint in the U.S, she moved back to Reykjavík  after being offered the position of  Dean of Department of Theatre and Dance at then newly founded Iceland Academy of the Arts. Ragnheiður worked at the Academy until 2011, initiating new programs in contemporary performance practices and contemporary dance. In 2008 she co-founded the LÓKAL International Theatre Festival, an annual event that presents new local and international work in the field of theatre and performance. She was artistic director of the Akureyri City Theatre from 2012 to 2015 and manager of Iceland Dance Company 2016-2019. Ragnheiður is the artistic director and CEO of Festspillene i Nord-Norge since 2019.

    Ragnheiður has years of experience as teacher and mentor (at IAA, University of Syracuse, Academy for Scenekunst in Fredrikstad, MAKE Ireland, NB8 Nordic Circle Mentoring Program, Future Leaders in the Performing Arts). She has also worked with various artists/groups as a producer and served as a critical friend (Kviss búmm bang, Dance for Me, Room 408, Shalala, Margrét Sara Guðjónsdóttir)