MAKE is an artist development programme and residency initiative of Cork Midsummer Festival, Dublin Fringe Festival, Project Arts Centre and Theatre Forum. It is open to artists for the purpose of generating new performance work outside of the traditional writer-led model at all career levels.

Since the first MAKE in 2009, over 175 Irish and international artists have been MAKE residents, receiving mentoring support from renowned international theatre makers. Past programmes have borne highly acclaimed performance work and collaborations going on to tour here in Ireland and internationally.

MAKE 2023

The 15th MAKE residency will run from Sunday 19 – Saturday 25 November 2023. This year, we are taking the MAKE programme to Inis Oirr for a week of mentorship, collaboration and peer support.

Successful applicants will receive:

  • Support and guidance from an international mentor
  • Group sessions with a network of peers
  • Support from the MAKE partners
  • Access to space in Áras Éanna
  • Accommodation for 6 nights
  • Workspace
  • Artist fee of €600
  • All meals will be provided
  • Transfers bus and ferry
  • The MAKE coordinating team will collaborate with the selected artists to create a programme that fits their needs, and delivers the optimum conditions for developing their work and connecting with their peers and mentors.


MAKE takes the form of an annual residential laboratory where ideas for new performance work are developed with the mentorship of renowned theatre artists and for some, in collaboration with other participants. MAKE puts emphasis on the generation of new performance work outside of the traditional writer-led model. It is open to artists exploring a variety of dramaturgical models in their work including devised work, documentary theatre work, text-driven work using found or fragmentary texts, music theatre, new writing experimenting with form, digital and interactive presentation formats.

MAKE offers mentorship to develop theatre and performance projects, working individually or in collaboration with other artists. Groups of up to three artists are welcome to apply.

Applications are welcome from Ireland-based and international artists.


This edition of MAKE is tailored for artists who are:

  • Developing a new performance work or
  • Seeking new approaches to connecting with their artistic practice

Participation in MAKE is by application only.

Complete this online application form.

Full attendance from Sunday 19 – Saturday 25 November 2023 is required.

The deadline for receipt of applications is 5pm on Monday 16 October. Successful applicants will be advised on Friday 21 October.

The MAKE partners are committed to accessibility and want to make sure that MAKE is accessible to all artists, whatever their situation. If having some additional support would make the difference for you in being able to take part, please notify us in your application. We will work with you on a case-by-case basis to see how we can help remove what barriers may be in place for you, within a limited budget.

If you have any questions or queries, email Irma