IDGTF Bursary Scheme

The festival promotes works by LGBTQ+ authors or works that have an LGBTQ+ character, theme or relevance, such as feminism, masculinity or gender identity. We prioritise new work by Irish, Irish resident or international writers of any age or sexual orientation.

This Bursary opportunity, enabled by the Department of Arts new funding, invites applications from professional production companies to stage works in our 20th Festival, to reach us by October 1st 2022 on marked ‘Bursary’.

We are particularly interested in the following production proposals:

  1. New and original LGBTQ+ themed theatre works from Irish and international writers;
  2. Productions of classic or existing plays in the LGBTQ+ repertoire (proof of license to perform essential);
  3. Minority topics/subjects/characters, not previously seen in the Festival or a new explorations of relevant themes beyond traditional theatrical presentation formats;
  4. Short and full-length plays;
  5. All productions must be performed in English and/or provide their own simultaneous language translation.

The Bursary scheme is in addition to the normal submission process for participation in the Festival. Bursary proposals will be adjudicated by an independent international panel of assessors, chaired by the Festival’s Founder and Artistic Director.


It is envisaged that at least one Irish and one international company will benefit from the scheme.

Up to five awards of €1,000 may be awarded by the panel, or if they so determine, a smaller number of awards of a great amount of support, may be made.

This support is in addition to the financial package the Festival makes available to all participants.

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