The strategic context for the Arts Council’s support of theatre and all other artforms and areas of arts practice is set out in two documents:
Making Great Art Work: Arts Council Strategy (2016 –2025)
Making Great Art Work: Three-year Plan (2020-2022)
These documents describe how we
will lead the development of the arts in Ireland over the next decade.
Our strategy has five priority areas:
- the artist
- public engagement
- investment strategy
- spatial and
Current theatre policy is aligned to the key objectives and desired
outcomes of Making Great Art Work and is outlined in Theatre
Policy and Strategy 2018.
Reputation for excellence in theatre art
The Arts Council’s definition of theatre is either dramatic or
post-dramatic work performed by actors in front of a live audience in the
same space or location (which may or may not be a formal theatre space).
It should include the essential elements of theatre such as performance,
narrative momentum and dramatic tension. This does not mean there has to
be a discernible story, but the work
must follow the broad structures of what is generally understood to be live
Ireland is highly regarded for its theatre. It is a nation where
established and emerging production companies and artists thrive. Irish theatre
has gained international recognition for its excellence in the arts, with
Irish companies, dramatists, directors, actors and other theatre practitioners reach
The Arts Council is committed to supporting and nurturing theatre in
Ireland through a variety of means, including:
- grant funding,
- project awards,
- support for
- backing for venues,
publications, and resource organisations.
Our tailored supports aim to encourage resource-sharing, talent development, and career progression.
To enhance our support for the theatre arts in Ireland, the Arts Council strives to achieve a balance between established organisations and emerging and established individual practitioners. We also encourage inter-organisational supports and co-production arrangements in order to maximise the opportunities for artists to create work,
and for audiences to enjoy world-class theatre.