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Stage and stalls of the Theatre Royal, Waterford.
Photo: Dave Sexton
Embers, Pan Pan Theatre, 2013.
Photo: Ros Kavanagh
Ganesh Versus the Third Reich, Back to Back Theatre, Australia
Photo: Jeff Busby
Druid Theatre, 2017
Photo: Robbie Jack
Ireland is highly regarded for its theatre and has earned a reputation for excellence in theatre art.
The Arts Council offers a wide range of financial supports across artforms and arts practices, including theatre.
Creative Production Services – A Theatre Resource-Sharing Pilot Scheme
Links to theatre organisations funded by the Arts Council.
I'm an actor and I'd like to train further abroad – will the Arts Council help with this?
I'm a director and/or a playwright and I'd like to put on a production – how do I get help from the Arts Council?
I'm a playwright and I'd like to develop a new play – how can the Arts Council help with this?
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Theatre Policy and Strategy 2018(PDF, 0.57 MB, 5 pages)
Making Great Art Work - Arts Council Strategy (2016–2025)(PDF, 3.29MB, 48 pages)
Review of the Abbey Theatre(PDF, 3MB, 59 pages)
Supporting the production and presentation of theatre - A new approach(PDF, 0.06MB, 7 pages)
Contact the members of our Theatre department
(01) 618 0238
(01) 618 0233
(01) 618 0200
(01) 618 0215
Cross artform practices
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The Arts Council is the national agency for funding, developing and promoting the arts in Ireland.