Monthly Archive July 2022


2023 Production Bursary Scheme Launched

IDGTF are excited to announce the opening of our 2023 Production Bursary Scheme.  The deadline for submissions is October 1st 2022.

This Bursary opportunity, enabled by the Department of Arts new funding, invites applications from professional production companies to stage works in our 20th Festival.

Full details are available here: IDGTF Bursary Scheme


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Paid Work Opportunities with IDGTF

We are delighted to announce some paid work opportunities to strengthen our infrastructure thanks to the Minister’s support.

In order to apply for these projects, you will need (1) an up to date tax clearance certificate and (2) can complete the task by October 20th 2022.
Apply now (or further details) in confidence to

1. Marketing and Design Opportunity
We are seeking professional support to refresh our inclusive image for our 20th anniversary in 2023! We are in need of a graphic designer to design advertisements for placement in international publications this autumn. This new fresh and inclusive design will also be replicated in advertisements for our 20th anniversary year in publications, on Dublin Bus and on our website. How and where do we strategically advertise to engage new audiences?

2. Public Relations and Marketing Strategy
How do we expand our audience in 2023? How do we get people to see a unique festival of LGBT+ theatre as being of interest to them at home and abroad? How do we sharpen our message and reach out to welcome more allies in our theatre? The Festival, armed with information from our audience response forms and academic study, needs a marketing and public relations strategy to embrace new artists, audience and partners to raise the awareness, profile and participation in our unique events as it celebrates its 20th anniversary next May.

3. Website Development Opportunity.
We need to get our website to work harder. We want to develop it as a news and research resource for LGBT+ theatre and artists worldwide. We have lots of information and theatre reviews to upload and we want to establish a virtual ‘Roll of Honour’ for writers, artists and practitioners worldwide who contribute or have contributed to the development of ‘gay’ theatre at home and abroad in this 20th anniversary celebratory year? We need to maximise its potential as our virtual box-office and to link this with our social media work.
Have you any other ideas? We also want to hear these.

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IDGTF ‘A Great Success’ – Minister Catherine Martin TD Announces Grant

Brilliant News: Minister Martin announces funding for the IDGTF

Minister Catherine Martin TD announced ‘the approval of a special support allocation of €23,000 towards the International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival (IDGTF) on June 23rd. This will help strengthen the organisational capabilities of the project, help in promoting the Festival internationally and enhance overall programming, booking and commissioning for future years‘.

Minister Martin said: “The IDGTF has been a great success over many years. This has been achieved through community effort. The commitment and support from performers, producers, venue operators, and a range of service providers has also been of utmost importance in providing artwork, printing and production skills. I am pleased to assist the organisers in securing a bright future and enabling them to take the necessary steps to grow and engage a wider audience in the years ahead“.


IDGTF Founder and Artistic Director, Brian Merriman, said:
“The Minister’s significant and fulsome endorsement is a vital shot in the arm for the incredible voluntary work that has created and sustained our first two decades of unique identity theatre. After a very difficult period to keep our inclusive LGBT+ theatre viable, this crucial level of support will greatly assist us in reaching our 20th anniversary in 2023.
It will finally allow us to develop and innovate and hopefully will encourage more private sponsorship, so that this unique theatre event can reach its full potential.

In addition to our exciting, curated programme, we will now share this vital support with artistic partners through a new production Bursary opportunity. An Irish and international panel of qualified assessors will select three successful Bursary applicants for an additional direct financial support to bring their work ‘from page to stage’ in our 2023 Festival programme. Thanks to this affirming support by the Minister and her Department today, we can finally look forward to our next decade of enabling writers and artists to have their LGBT+ stories seen and heard by all in Dublin next May”.

“The goal is to assist the IDGTF to become a stronger platform for their future programmes, providing opportunities for writers, performers and all those involved in theatrical production. The Festival intends to re-establish its international connections and networking in the aftermath of COVID, to strengthen marketing and advertising strategies to engage wider audiences and to enhance visibility online with information about programmes and activities.”

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