Druid Theatre announces second year of Marie Mullen bursary

Galway Daily life & style Druid Theatre announces second year of bursary for women in theatre

After a successful first year, Galway’s Druid Theatre has announced the second Marie Mullen bursary for women working in theatre.

Named after actor and Druid co-founder Marie Mullen, this award is meant to address the long standing imbalance of female representation in theatre.

It’s open to women working in the fields of design, directing and dramaturgy to support their professional development in theatre.

“The Marie Mullen Bursary has been a vital, formative experience that has been invaluable to my career,” said Eleanor White, inaugural recipient of the bursary last year.

“It has afforded me a wealth of opportunities to really develop my practice and to learn from, and collaborate with, some of Ireland’s leading theatre practitioners.”

She added that it is an incredible opportunity for women as “there are very few schemes like this in the Irish theatre sector, and the support and mentorship you receive throughout are unparalleled”

The bursary will be awarded to one person in 2019 who will receive a residency with the Druid Theatre during a production lasting a minimum of four weeks this autumn.

Also included in the award is a one to one session with Marie Mullen on working in the theatre industry, mentoring with other theatre professionals, a contract for directors and dramaturgs to work on a Druid Debut, and a €2,000 bursary.

Female applicants must include two references from an industry professional and a CV by Thursday, June 6.

A selection panel of industry professionals will determine a shortlist of applicants for interviews.

Interviews will take place between June 24 and 29, and the successful applicant will be notified by July 18.