Druid’s annual award for women working on the island of Ireland as theatre artists in the fields of design, directing and dramaturgy.

Named in honour of actor and Druid co-founder, Marie Mullen, the bursary is intended to address the historic imbalance of the representation of women in theatre and to support the professional development of women in Irish theatre.

The bursary is open to women working as designers, directors and dramaturgs who have a proven commitment to Irish theatre and are currently residing on the island of Ireland.

This bursary provides the chosen theatre artist with the time, physical resources and mentoring necessary to support their work.

Bursary winners often continue to work with Druid following the completion of their bursary years. In 2023, four bursary winners formed part of the creative team for DruidO’Casey:

  • Co-Costume Designer: Clíodhna Hallissey (2019-2020 Bursary Winner)
  • Associate Director: Sarah Baxter (2020-2021 Bursary Winner)
  • Assistant Director: Katie O’Halloran (2022 Bursary Winner)
  • Assistant Lighting Designer: Suzie Cummins (2023 Bursary Winner)

What does the bursary winner receive?

  • A residency with Druid on a upcoming mainstage production in 2024
  • A one-to-one session with Marie Mullen on working in the theatre industry
  • Mentoring opportunities with theatre professionals. For directors and dramaturgs, a contract to act as dramaturg or director for a Druid Debut
  • Opportunities to engage with the Druid Ensemble
  • Opportunities to attend FUEL and Druid Academy workshops and events
  • A bursary award of €2,000

Who can apply?

Women working on the island of Ireland as theatre artists in the fields of design, directing and dramaturgy

How do I apply?

  • Applications for the 2024 bursary are now open.
  • Complete the application form at the link here
  • If you have any questions about the application process, please email info@druid.ie
  • The application form is text-based with a couple of long-form questions and answers. However, if you would prefer to complete the application in an alternative manner such as an audio or video recording, please contact us by emailing info@druid.ie or phoning 091 568660
  • Incomplete or late applications cannot be considered
  • We will acknowledge all applications by email on receipt. A selection panel of industry professionals will determine a shortlist of applicants for interviews. We will contact all applicants with an update on their application by November 2023
  • The deadline for applications is Friday 6 October at 5pm
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Date Posted: 6 September 2023
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