Theatre and Dance NI offers a number of bursaries to support youth theatre, established and emerging theatre and performing arts practitioners to access professional development opportunities. The bursaries aim to develop artistic excellence, professional practice and innovative approaches to the creation of theatre and the performing arts in Northern Ireland. In the past these have included bursaries to attend Interchange, IETM and the Dublin Theatre Festival. Some bursaries we provide are listed below and news of upcoming bursaries will be posted on our website.

Kenneth Branagh Bursaries – Theatre and Dance NI, in partnership with Belfast City Council, are delighted to offer three £500 Kenneth Branagh for a mid-career Producer, Director and Actor to access high-quality skills’ development training. Please send expressions of interest to projects@theatreanddanceni.org.

Small Professional Development Bursaries – to support theatre, dance and performing arts practitioners to attend training and development opportunities outside of Northern Ireland. These are offered on a rolling basis. For more information or to request an application form email projects@theatreanddanceni.org.

  • Divadlo Archa International Summer School Theatre and Dance NI is delighted to be able to send two NI based practitioners to attend the International Summer School on Theatre in Social Context, in Prague.
  • ‘Go See’ Dublin Theatre Festival Bursaries – to support NI based practitioners to attend work outside of Northern Ireland on a ‘go-see’ initiative, to assist them in the development of their own work, Theatre and Dance NI will provide bursaries for two early-mid career practitioners to attend the Dublin Theatre Festival in October.
  • IETM Theatre and Dance NI provides bursaries for two experienced practitioners to attend the IETM (International network for contemporary performing arts) plenary meeting in November of each year. IETM is a network of over 500 performing arts organisations and individual members working in the contemporary performing arts worldwide: theatre, dance, circus, interdisciplinary live art forms, new media. See our website for details of when they are open for applications.
  • Interchange Bursaries – Theatre and Dance NI has provided bursaries for practitioners, who use drama in their work with young people, to attend Interchange (Scotland) since 2016. Interchange will take place again in 2021. To read more about Interchange click here.

Keep an eye on our website for future updates!

Please Note: you must be a registered member with Theatre and Dance NI to avail of these bursaries.

The bursary gave me the direction I need to help further my professional practice