Membership Benefits

Be part of an extensive theatre, dance and performing arts network in Northern Ireland and enjoy the following benefits:

Member Assistance Programme

We are pleased to announce that as part of our Theatre and Dance NI Membership Benefits you will now be able to access our Membership Assistance Programme with Spectrum Life.

Spectrum Life is a 100% confidential counselling service. Counselling is available 24/7, 365 days a year covering numerous topics such as: Stress, Anxiety, Low mood, Financial worries, Loss & Grief, Relationship problems, Substance abuse issues and much more. You can access through confidential telephone, an online chat function through the MAP portal or by requesting a call back. Click here to access the programme.


Theatre and Dance NI represents its members’ interests, building partnerships across the cultural sector to give theatre and the performing arts a strong united voice and increase recognition of its important role in society. Read more about our advocacy work.

Access NI

Theatre and Dance NI is pleased to share that our members can avail of AccessNI checks through Replay Theatre Company. A £8 administration fee will be added to the cost of the AccessNI check. For details on the AccessNI Code of Practice click here –

If you require an AccessNI check please get in touch with


Theatre and Dance NI offers a number of bursaries to members. Available bursaries will be profiled on the TheatreNI website and information will be disseminated through our various social media platforms as they become available.


Theatre and Dance NI delivers training courses and other learning and development opportunities with discounts exclusively for members. Our training courses have been developed following a comprehensive Training Needs Analysis that TheatreNI initiated in early 2016, as well as on the findings from our research into the Sustainability of the Theatre and Performing Arts Sector, conducted in 2016/2018.  Upcoming events and training courses are listed on the Events section of our website


Theatre and Dance NI provides opportunities for youth theatre companies to receive skills development workshops with professional theatre and performing arts companies. Read more about recent initiatives.


Developed in Scotland by, the  purpose of Tourbook is to support performers, promoters and programmers in presenting work, creating work for makers and artists, giving more audiences opportunities to participate in the arts and diversifying the offer for those who programme performing arts. In 2017, Theatre Forum and Theatre NI, funded by the Arts Council/AnChomhaírle Ealaíon, brought  Tourbook to the island of Ireland.

Tourbook helps performers in dance, theatre, music, comedy and more connect with promoters and venues. It is the place to showcase your work, discover new acts, find venues and audiences you never knew existed and make new connections in places near and far.

Who is Tourbook for?

Tourbook brings together a community of all those working in the performing arts to put great shows on stages everywhere – from temporary stages in community venues to main houses.

The platform is built for promoters, performers, programmers, venue managers, agents and industry networks and does not distinguish between unpaid or paid roles, temporary or permanent venues. The only criteria for being part of the community is that you contribute to making professional live performances happen. Join Tourbook here.

Captioning Service

Theatre and Dance NI helps to increase access to theatre and the performing arts through its captioning service. Theatre and Dance NI members pay no hire fee for use of our captioning equipment.  Read more about our captioning service.

Freelancers’ Directory

Theatre and Dance NI members can upload their details directly onto the ‘Freelancers’ Directory’. Its purpose is to provide a platform for freelance theatre and performing arts-focused practitioners and consultants to advertise their skills to potential employers. View the Directory.

All-Ireland Performing Arts Conference

Annually we join our conference partners Theatre Forum to bring artists from across the island of Ireland together to hear from key industry figures at our All-Ireland Performing Arts Conference. Theatre and Dance NI members receive an exclusive discounted rate for the conference.

All-Island Youth Theatre Symposium

Since 2016, We have organised the annual Youth Theatre Symposium with our partners Youth Theatre Ireland.

Details about or 2018 symposium can be accessed here. 

Find out about the 2017 symposium details here.

Networking Meetings

Theatre and Dance NI hosts meetings that offer opportunities for members to comment on, advise and influence current and future programmes of work, whilst also providing an informal and welcoming networking environment to gain mutual support. Read more about networking.


Theatre and Dance NI keeps you up to date with the latest news from our sector through our regular e-bulletins, with information about TheatreNI activities, job vacancies, auditions, project tenders, funding and events. Members are also welcome to submit any news or opportunities to be included in these monthly newsletters. Please send details to

Advice and Support

Theatre and Dance NI is available to answer member’s questions and hear about their ideas, as well as their needs for support and advice. You can get in touch on phone 02890311806 or by emailing Molly Rose Street at We are a small but dedicated team, and are always keen to hear directly from you our members about what we can be doing to help. We are happy to organise one to one surgeries or group surgeries.

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