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Tessellate - call out for new participants!

Tessellate - call out for new participants!

Applications now open for new Tessellate participants - deadline for submission 5pm, Tuesday 10th July - apply online by clicking here!

Tessellate is a mentorship and resource sharing initiative of Corcadorca/TDC, Cork Midsummer Festival and The Everyman aimed at supporting the development of theatre practitioners in Cork city and county.  Bringing together the unique skills, positioning and experience of each of the partners, this programme will mentor, nurture, upskill, develop, promote and present the work of participating companies. The first resource sharing programme of its kind in the country, combining the resources of three of Ireland’s foremost theatre companies, venues and festivals, the programme provides a clear and practical pathway for robust development of practice in Cork, from project concept to full presentation.

Artistic mentorship, producer training, resource sharing, platforming and networking are key pillars of the programme. Now entering its third round of participants, Tessellate has now developed in to a two-stage programme, to be rolled out over two years. While new participating companies will enter the programme each year, currently participating companies will continue with the programme into a second year.

A dedicated programme producer will work with the selected companies / artists to map and develop the company’s strategic and producing capacities and ambitions, including application writing advice and support. Pat Kiernan Artistic Director of Corcadorca will provide mentorship to each company/artist, as well as facilitating a week’s development in the TDC in September and a sharing as part of SHOW work-in-progress festival in November. The artistic mentorship aim is to support the artists vision and help in any way to realise the work as best as possible.

After the work-in-progress showing, the company / artist will continue their mentorship where Pat will interrogate the work to date and assess/question how the work will develop leading up to a potential full performance or further sharing the following year, as part of Cork Midsummer Festival or other suitable festival/venue. The relationship will be an ongoing one, and he will be available to meet/discuss the work throughout the process as well as a required formal meeting with each company/artist every month.

From April, after an extended period of collaboration with the programme producer, it is envisioned that each of the companies will have acquired sufficient skills and knowledge to produce on their own, at which point they will work independently towards presenting their completed work for presentation or work-in-progress sharing. Each company will continue to be mentored artistically by Pat Kiernan during this process.

The work of the artistic mentor and producer will be supported by formal and informal mentorship by staff members from each of the partner organisations in key areas of audience development, finance/fundraising and production. Formal mentorship will take the form of monthly workshops with each of the companies, including marketing, PR, insurance, budgeting and tax, production management and strategic planning. Office space will be made available in the Everyman. Companies/artists will have the use of a phone line, broadband and printing/photocopying facilities. Rehearsal/development space will be available for each company in the TDC.

The second year will focus on networking, positioning and platforming the artist’s/company’s work. The partner organisations will continue their mentorship of the participating company – artistic, dramaturgical, strategic, etc. – while structured opportunities for networking will be offered as part of SHOW, Cork Midsummer Festival and other relevant channels. Specific national relationships will be developed through facilitated engagement and residencies with other artistic organisations – including Fringe LAB, Belltable Connect and Druid Fuel  – in consultation with the company to establish the most relevant connections to make for the future development of their work, aesthetic and company strategy. Engagement with international artists and their work will also be facilitated where possible through attendance at festivals such as Cork Midsummer Festival, Dublin Theatre Festival, etc.

Selected participants are expected to fully engage with all elements of the programme; while the programme is flexible to a participants own schedule, attendance and engagement with all meetings, workshops, masterclasses, and mentorship sessions is expected and required. A provisional schedule of activites can be found by clicking here.

To be considered eligible for this programme, companies/artists must:

  • Have produced theatre professionally at least twice
  • Be able to articulate their ambition for their work
  • Demonstrate a desire to work towards self-producing
  • Be based in Cork city or county
  • Be actively working on one or more pieces of work, envisaged for performance within 9 months AND someone within their company to receive professional development support in producing (can be same person)

The selected participants are expected to commit and be available for the following programme elements:

  • Monthly meetings (minimum) with programme producer
  • Monthly meetings (minimum) with artistic mentor Pat Kiernan
  • Bi-monthly progress meetings with full programme panel (Julie Kelleher, Lorraine Maye, Pat Kiernan)
  • A week’s development in the TDC at Triskel Arts Centre in September
  • A work-in-progress sharing of work at SHOW in November including Q&A
  • Attendance at all programme workshops, guest workshops and masterclasses
  • Quarterly progress reviews and feedback sessions with full programme panel

Interested applicants must complete the online application form in full (available by clicking here) and email CVs for all individuals involved in the project to tessellate.cork@gmail.com by 5pm on Tuesday, 10th July. A shortlist of selected applications will be called to interview with the panel, from which the successful applicant will be selected. Interviews will be held on July 23rd - all applicants are asked to ensure they will be available on this date.

For enquiries or clarification on any points, please contact Tessellate producer, Conall Ó Riain, at tessellate.cork@gmail.com.

Tessellate is an initiative of Corcadorca Theatre Company, Cork Midsummer Festival and The Everyman, funded by the Arts Council.