8th Pan Pan International Mentorship

Applications for the 8th Pan Pan International Mentorship are now open. Our mentor for this year is Terry O’Connor of Forced Entertainment. 

Closing date for applications is Friday 23rd October at 5pm.




About the International Mentorship

From December 2020 to June 2021 Terry O’Connor, one of the members of Forced Entertainment, will work with five contemporary performing arts makers based in Ireland. This mentorship programme is a unique opportunity for performance makers to develop an early-stage idea, outside the pressures of production. The engagement of the mentor is aimed to pose challenges and offer interrogations within a supportive structure.

In addition to meeting Terry online and (hopefully) in person, each of the participants will receive a bursary to help them dedicate time to work on their ideas, and we also offer travel subsidy to help them see relevant work internationally.

The Pan Pan International Mentorship is funded by the Arts Council. The Gate Theatre is the mentorship partner.



Terry O'Connor is a core member and performer with Forced Entertainment, a collective practice of six artists based in Sheffield who received the 2016 International Ibsen Prize for contribution to theatre. 

Her work as an artist and performer is also replayed through a long history of working as a teacher, lecturer, mentor and collaborator with other artists. In 2009, she was awarded an AHRC Creative Fellowship at Roehampton University and in 2011 she was made Professor of Contemporary Theatre and Performance Practice at the University of Sheffield. 

In November 2016 she was awarded a Creative Fellowship as part of collaboration between the University of Birmingham, the RSC and the Shakespeare Institute. Her doctoral research practice at the University of Salford (2019-24) investigates experimental and improvisational process and collaborative aesthetics within contemporary performance. 

She is currently working on a number of participation projects to run alongside Forced Entertainment’s 2020 live streaming of Complete Works: Tabletop Shakespeare At Home.

For further information on Forced Entertainment, see






07 Oct 2020


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