New Associate Director

Rough Magic is delighted to announce the appointment of Dominic O’Brien as our new Associate Director. One of the rising stars of Irish theatre, Dominic is a graduate of SEEDS and joins the team as we begin our 40th anniversary year. Dominic follows the stellar line of Associates, beginning with Tom Creed, followed by Matt Torney, … Continued

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SEEDS 2023

We are delighted to announce the SEEDS participants for 2023/2024. HK Ní Shioradáin Sound Designer HK Ní Shioradáin is a multidisciplinary artist from Dublin. They compose, sound design, and music direct for film and theatre, and are a bilingual spoken word poet, performing in Irish and English. They have a BA in English Literature and … Continued

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In February we staged our dynamic new showcase of work under the new COMPASS programme. Rough Weekend was a showcase of new writing and big ideas. Set across two days, each of these three unique events featured stagings, readings and discussions, offering glimpses and impressions of never-before-seen works, commissioned by Rough Magic as part of … Continued

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SEEDS Apprentices and Trainee Producer announced

We are thrilled to introduce the SEEDS Apprenticeships and Trainee Producer who are joining us as part of the COMPASS program for the next 12 months. SEEDS Apprentices This year’s SEEDS Apprentices begin their placement in April. The program includes their own desk space in our office to work from, mentorship from our artistic team, … Continued

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Trainee Producer Role

Update: Applications are now closed for 2021. Candidates for Trainee Producer will be contacted in early March, a member of the team will be in touch with more info! Rough Magic will offer a 12-month part-time employment opportunity with the company for an early-career freelance theatre producer. The selected candidate will help coordinate COMPASS activities … Continued

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Literary Manager | Applications Open

Update: Applications are now closed for 2021 for the part-time position of Literary Manager with Rough Magic. The Literary Manager will assist in forging and maintaining relationships with playwrights across the spectrum of the COMPASS programme. The Literary Manager will report to the Artistic Director. They will work with the Artistic Director and Associate Director … Continued

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Since 2001 Rough Magic has been a pioneer of artist development in Irish theatre, through the SEEDS programme.  SEEDS  has been Ireland’s most comprehensive development programme over nineteen years; and now a new iteration is here to take the original concept into the next decade. The new COMPASS programme, launching in 2021, will offer three … Continued

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SEEDS: seek out – encourage – enable – develop – stage

Since 2001 Rough Magic has been the pioneer of artist development in Irish theatre, through its SEEDS programme for emerging artists – based on mentoring, research and creative engagement. SEEDS has been Ireland’s premiere development programme for the past nineteen years; we now intend to design a new iteration to take us into the next decade.

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Matt Torney director of Theatrical Outfit

Former Rough Magic Associate Director, and SEEDS graduate Matt Torney has announced his first season as Artistic Director of Theatrical Outfit in Atlanta, Georgia.

Theatrical Outfit was founded in 1976 and is Atlanta’s second oldest professional theatre company. Previous to taking on this role, Matt served as associate artistic director at Studio Theatre in Washington, D.C and director of programming at Origin Theatre in New York.

The companies new season begins with Admissions by Joshua Harmon, and in addition to its theatrical programme, Theatrical Outfit announced the launch of a new work development program called Made in Atlanta

Matt was a participant of SEEDS 2, and directed the Rough Magic productions of Woyzeck (as part of SEEDS Showcase 2005), Plaza Suite (2012) and Digging for Fire (2013). We wish him the very best of luck with his new position and inaugural season.

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Irishtown by Ciara Elizabeth Smyth

As part of the SEEDS Showcase 2020 we will be presenting a free rehearsed reading of Ciara Elizabeth Smyth’s Irishtown. It is a week before the opening of a new Irish play on Broadway. In the rehearsal room, the cast are panicking. The writer’s previous play was a smash hit drama set in Northern Ireland … Continued

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