Five New Bursaries for LGBT Theatre announced

The International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival is welcoming submissions of new short plays with either an LGBTQ+ theme, an LGBTQ+ character or relevance such as identity, feminism or masculinity, by Irish-born or resident playwrights.


“The plays should be original works and should last between 15 and 30 minutes. Optionally, you can work with an actor or two by social distancing and record the play being read or performed. We will load these performances onto our social media platforms.



We offer five bursaries with a combined value of €2,500! Each bursary comes with a spot in our 2021 programme, and will be published in the Festival's anthology of new Irish LGBTQ+ writing.


1. The Gerry Sinnott LGBT Ally Bursary, named after the former owner of the Olympia Theatre and an innovative producer of diverse theatre, is worth €1,000.


2. Two Terrence McNally Bursaries, named after our late patron who died of Covid-19, will each be €500.


3. The Larry Kramer Bursary honours the late playwright Larry Kramer and consists of €300.


4. The Dublin LGBTQ Pride 2020 Bursary is €200 and honours this month and our capacity to overcome adversity and to acknowledge the support we received this year from Dublin LGBTQ Pride.



Make sure to check out the terms and conditions on our webiste here, and to read more on the background of the amazing patrons our bursaries are named after.


All bursaries will be granted to the writer, on condition it is shared with the actors and any crew involved. We're conscious this pandemic is hurting opportunities for minority arts. Please share and get back to work! Submissions can be made at anytime between now and 5pm on July 31st via


N.B. Bursaries are kindly supported by The Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaíon and festival friends.”





30 Jun 2020


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