Supporting Artists


Hello, I’m Sophie, the new Artistic Director at The Everyman. I hope you’re all doing well and surviving through these difficult times. 

Now that I’ve officially started full time, I can’t wait to meet the most important section of people for The Everyman – you, the local artists. 

This is the time when I’d usually be meeting you for a coffee in the bar, or for a pint after a show, where we could talk about the show we’ve just seen, about your work, and what your hopes and dreams are for your artistic future, and for The Everyman. 

Because this isn’t possible, instead throughout March and April, every Friday morning at 11am, we’re going to hold an online coffee morning. This is an opportunity for you to meet me, for me to meet you and put a name to a face, and to find out a little bit more about the work that you make. 

It’s not about pitching a new project, it’s not about auditioning, it’s literally just to say hi and have a bit of a chat about the arts scene in Cork, and your place in it. 

I’d also hope that you might meet other artists that you don’t know at the  coffee mornings, get to know their stories, and find new collaborators. 

There’s no limitations, other than that you need to be from or based in Cork city or county, and be a professional artist making work for stage. i.e. theatre, opera, music theatre, dance, spoken word, circus arts, socially engaged practice, live or performing arts. Bring a cuppa, bring a biscuit if there’s one in your gaff, and bring yourself. 

Sign up via this short form here.   

I can’t wait to meet you! 



The Everyman plays a leading role in Cork City in developing and maturing performing artists, through offering a supportive creative environment because we see artists as the lifeblood of the theatre. There is no “one-size fits all” as every theatre artist is different. In practice, ours is an open and flexible approach which seeks to find specific and tailored means of support to allow artists to develop their practice.

Supports have included:

  • Access to rehearsal & office space, box office facilities, venue rental at discount for high-quality artistic projects with limited commercial potential.
  • Producing and artistic supports via schemes such as Tessellate (in partnership with Corcadorca and Cork Midsummer Festival) and Theatre Artist in Residence (in partnership with Arts Council and Cork City Council)
  • Extensive production support for artists & companies in bringing new work to fruition and to audiences, including line producing and production management services and marketing support
  • Formal and informal mentorship from our Artistic Director.

Theatre Artists in Residence

To date, the theatre artists in residence scheme has supported artists such as Carmel Winters (2012/13 resident) and Gare St Lazare (2016/17/18 residents). BrokenCrow are the Theatre Artists in Residence for 2018-2020. Members Deirdre Dwyer, Ronan FitzGibbon, George Hanover, Gavin McEntee, Rosie O’Regan and Aideen Wylde are individually diverse practitioners. What unites the group creatively is their ambition to produce professional and engaging work, with an emphasis on storytelling and collaboration at its heart; work which both entertains and challenges our growing audiences. – BrokenCrow Embrace the chaos.

the everyman as employer

The Everyman is an important employer of theatre artists in the Cork and Munster regions. The Everyman acts as producer and co-producer with select partners to create, produce and tour original and innovative theatre and opera of international standard – on projects such as Autumn Royal, Asking for It and The Nightingale and the Rose in 2018, and in 2019 in projects such as Evening Train and How It Is Part 2. 2019 also saw the return of Asking for It, which toured to Birmingham REP in 2020. 

We produce plays with a strong audience focus, such as Factory Girls (2016), Dancing at Lughnasa (2017), The Lonesome West (2018). The Everyman assumes all of the financial risk to share fresh revivals of great existing works of theatre with audiences and provides artists with the opportunity to engage with these works professionally.

We operate an open-door policy to artists, who are welcome to contact our Artistic Director Sophie Motley for more information on these activities.

contact Sophie