Artistic Development

A look at what happens here at Theatre Royal Waterford to support artists in the development and presentation of new work

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Nick Kavanagh – Artist in Residence

Curious State Theatre Company

Nick Kavanagh
Artistic Director / Performer / Writer
Killian Browne
Performer/ Musician
Cilian Jacob
Performer/ Musician
Ciara Healy
Performer
Kate Powell
Performer/ Musician
Laura Broderick
Performer
Dean Caulfield
Sound Technician
Joe Harney
Sound Designer
Eoin O'hAnnracháin
Director

Theatre artist Nick Kavanagh, of Curious State Theatre Company, is our Artist in Residence for 2023. The Waterford-born performer, director, writer and tutor is working at the theatre throughout the year on a number of exciting new projects for Curious State. Much of this site-responsive work is anchored within and inspired by Theatre Royal’s new urban biodiversity garden and in line with both the theatre’s and Curious State’s ‘green arts’ strategies.

 

Highlights planned include the development of ‘climate conscious’ workshops and theatre pieces that will engage with theatre makers, local primary and secondary schools and SETU students.

 

Nick’s residency here at Theatre Royal is supported by The Arts Council and Waterford City and County Council

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Backstage at the Royal

Backstage@TheRoyal, an emerging music initiative, was developed by the theatre team to reimagine our live music venue and provide musicians with the opportunity to bring new music to a live audience.

At a Backstage gig, the audience joins the act onstage for an intimate, cabaret-style event. Backstage@TheRoyal is all about original music and guests range from well-known national names to up-and-coming local bands.

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Darktime at the Royal

Theatre Royal provides professional arts practitioners with time inside the theatre auditorium, a space that allows artists to think about, develop, create, trial, workshop and rehearse a new piece of work. This time is made available on days that TR is ‘dark’, when no other activity is taking place inside the auditorium.

We also offer professional arts practitioners with a workspace at the theatre’s administration office that enables them to develop new work (writing time), research subject matters that apply to the development of new work, write and submit funding applications. Practitioners are given a workspace in a professional working environment and provided with a PC and printer usage, WIFI and office space. Mentoring supports are also provided as part of this support.

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Artist Resources

Training & Resources

Useful links to professional development and training opportunities and resources for professional artists.

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Bursaries

Theatre Royal’s Creative Shoots bursary scheme was originally developed to support artists from, or creating work in, Waterford during the Covid-19 lockdowns of 2022/2021.

The winning artists each received a €1,000 bursary to support them and their practice, as well as being given time inside the Theatre Royal to develop and workshop their work with the support of the technical team, once restrictions eased.

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