Associate Playwrights 

In 2019, we are thrilled to welcome four new Associate Playwrights to the Abbey Theatre.

Amy Conroy, Jimmy McAleavey, Darren Murphy and Lisa Tierney-Keogh will be working with us to develop new plays over the next eighteen months.

You can read more about our Associate Playwrights here.

Abbey Begins 

Abbey Begins is a series of workshops for playwrights who are at the start of their writing careers. Over 8 weeks, the 10 selected participants will have access to a smörgåsbord of techniques, exercises and relationships with other writers to help them write their first full play.

The workshops will be free to attend and travel subsidies will be available for writers travelling from outside of Dublin. Each workshop will run for 2 hours, 30 minutes approximately, will be held weekly in the early evening and will be led by one of our Associate Playwrights.

Applications for Abbey Begins closed on 18 January 2019.


Abbey Works 

Abbey Works is a 3-month development opportunity for 6 playwrights who have already had work professionally produced.

Applications are now closed but we’ve left details of this pilot group here for reference.

This group is for writers who have some experience writing for stage and wish to explore their process and a new idea with the support of their peers. We want to help support writers to create a play that they might not otherwise write. The sessions, put together by the lead playwrights, will focus on practical exercises, feedback, artistic inspiration and input from visiting practitioners.

There will also be a chance to experiment with your idea in collaboration with a theatre artist whom you might not normally encounter early in your process.

Meetings will be held in two four-week blocks with a two-week gap in the middle.

Participants will be invited to share a play with our New Work team at the end of the workshop series.

If you’d like to know more about Abbey Works, you can email us on


Open Calls 

In 2019, there are four Open Calls for theatre-makers and we would love to hear from you.

Visit our Open Calls page for more information.