Mikel Murfi and Cillian Murphy, Ballyturk, Landmark Productions and Galway International Arts Festival, July 2014. (Photo: Colm Hogan)
Reputation for excellence in theatre art
The current strategic context for the Arts Council’s support of theatre and all other artforms and areas of arts practice is set out in the Arts Council Strategic Statement 2013 (PDF, 0.46 MB). There the Arts Council gives an overview of its work and indicates the guiding principles that inform its actions and decisions. These are taken to realise the four goals and achieve the twelve objectives set out in that document.
Ireland is highly regarded for its theatre. With a wide variety of established and emerging production companies and artists, and a vibrant tradition of writing for theatre, Ireland has earned a reputation for excellence in theatre art. This reputation has been endorsed many times through international awards for Irish companies, dramatists, directors, actors and other theatre practitioners.
The Arts Council supports and develops theatre in Ireland through grant funding, project awards, support to individual artists, and support to venues, publications and resource organisations. We also aim to incentivise resource-sharing, talent development and career progression through a new series of specially tailored schemes.
To enhance our support for the theatre arts in Ireland, the Arts Council strives to achieve a balance between established organisations and emerging and established individual practitioners (see Production and Presentation of Theatre: a new approach 2010-2015). We also encourage inter-organisational supports and co-production arrangements in order to maximise the opportunities for artists to create work, and for audiences to enjoy world-class theatre.