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Two bursaries available for artists/producers to attend the International Performing Arts for Youth, 2020, Philadelphia, United States

TheatreNI have two £750 bursaries which have been made possible by a small grant from Belfast City Council and support from Arts Council of Northern Ireland thorugh to support two individual artists/producers who make high quality performance work for young audiences to attend the International Performing Arts for Youth festival (IPAY: https://ipayweb.org) 2020 in Philadelphia, United States.

This is a fantastic opportunity for artists making work for young people to attend this preeminent world industry event for performing arts for young audiences which is attended by approximately 300 international programmers and presenters.

In recent years, Northern Irish theatre companies have had considerable success in generating North American tours. Some of this success has followed their presentations of work, networking and engagement through Belfast Children’s Festival, the Theatre for Young Audiences NI initiatives and through attendance at IPAY.

In 2020, ‘Removed’ a collaboration between award-winning Prime Cut Productions, writer Fionnuala Kennedy and VOYPIC (Voice Of Young People In Care), has been selected to perform as part of the Official Showcase Programme and Cahoots NI will also participate in presenting ‘Under the Hawthorne Tree’.

Ireland has been selected as the Spotlight Country for 2020 at IPAY in Philadelphia, USA so this bursary is a timely opportunity for the two artists/producers to attend, and, benefit from a strong Northern Irish representation and all-island delegation, gain knowledge of how this growing industry works, meet with key programmers and presenters, network with industry professionals while seeing work of the highest quality for young audiences from around the globe.

We understand the complexities and difficulties of taking work to such an international platform and the importance of recognising your readiness to showcase and identify your potential international markets.This program will also provide the bursary holders with networking support in the form of a mentor/buddy in which previous IPAY attendees will help guide you at this major event.

TheatreNI are committed to supporting the bold, innovative, provocative and unique voice of Northern Ireland’s artists and producers. To achieve this we keep diversity, equality and fairness at the heart of what we do. In order to do this, we have set the following criteria for those who wish to apply.

You must;

  • Be available to attend IPAY during 21st -25th January 2020,
  • Be a fully registered member of TheatreNI. To register for membership this please click here, 
  • Be an individual artist or producer who makes high quality performance work for young audiences,
  • Be based in Belfast or have the focus of your work be Belfast based,
  • Provide a video recording (10 minutes max) of yourself to Catherine at projects@theatreni.org which provides:
    – A compelling rationale for why you should be selected for the programme
    – Your experience to date including any previous performance works that you may have produced or created
    – What your international ambitions are?
    – How this opportunity would help you to develop professionally?
    – How you think this opportunity would benefit the broader sector
    -A short synopsis of a piece of work currently in development and another work that you would like to develop in the future for young audiences.
  • Be prepared to produce an evaluation of 600-800 words on your experience at IPAY.
  • Be willing/available to share learning, through peer mentoring, presentation at a TNI or other event.

Please Note: If you’re successful in receiving this bursary it will be your responsibility to arrange your own travel, accommodation and required visa for travel. Any additional expenditure over and above the bursary is to be met by the bursary holder.

Travel awards are optional for the bursary holder. To apply via the Arts Council of Northern Ireland. Click here for more information but please read the guidelines carefully. Applicants must apply at least four weeks in advance of intended date of travel.

Closing date for applications – Monday 2nd December at 12 noon.

This bursary has been made possible through support from Belfast City Council Small Grants.

The views are not necessarily shared or endorsed by the Council. The Council does not accept any responsibility or liability for same.

TheatreNI is principally funded through the Arts Council of Northern Ireland through Exchequer (Core)and Lottery funding (Programming)