Call for applications:

Phelim Donlon Playwright’s Bursary & Residency 2024 in association with Tyrone Guthrie Centre Annaghmakerrig.

The Bursary & Residency provides a professional playwright with time, physical resources and mentoring towards writing a new play. Named in honour of Phelim Donlon, who was an independent theatre producer for many years and also the Drama Officer at the Arts Council (1983 – 2001).  He was committed to the arts and was a passionate advocate for new and emerging talent. Phelim was also a dedicated member of the first Irish Theatre Institute’s PLAYOGRAPHYIreland Advisory Panel. This award, now in its 9th year, is an acknowledgement of his valued contribution to Irish theatre.


Three artists will be shortlisted, and the shortlist will be announced on Monday 4th March. The awardee will be announced on 14th March. The award comprises an ITI writers’ bursary of €2,000 and a 2 weeks’ fully resourced residency in Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Annaghmakerrig. The shortlisted artists will each receive €500.


  • Playwrights with an established practice and track record of 1 full-length production produced/programmed by an established production company, festival, or independent producer.
  • Playwrights’ resident on the island of Ireland or Irish nationals living abroad.
    It is open to individual writers and writing partnerships with a history of working together.
  • Play proposals should be based on original ideas, and not adaptations or reimagining’s of existing works.
  • Play proposals must be based on a new idea, and not a project already begun, or in receipt of other support.
  • Writers who have previously submitted to this award, but were unsuccessful, are welcome to re-apply.

 Please complete application form here.

This application form asks for the following:

  • A statement of your artistic intent as a writer
  • A concise outline of the new project you propose to work on during your Annaghmakerrig residency.
  • How receiving this award would benefit you at this moment in your practice

To upload:

  • A 20-page sample of your writing for theatre which you believe best represents your work to date. (Pages numbering in excess of 20 will not be reviewed.
  • Samples should be as recent as possible, and no more than 10 years old. Please submit single authored samples only, unless submitting as a writing partnership.)
  • A CV highlighting your work in professional theatre with an emphasis on your writing, credited productions, and theatre-maker contributions (maximum 2x A4 pages).
  • Evidence of your previously professionally produced play(s) e.g., reviews, programme, poster/flyer, video links, images, and evidence of awards for your playwriting (if applicable). (A maximum of 3 items will be accepted; larger files can be submitted via Dropbox or WeTransfer. Please note that evidence of staged/rehearsed readings and amateur productions will not be considered.)

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Deadline 6th February 5pm