From 2006 to 2008 the Granary Theatre hosted and produced an innovative annual festival of new directors. This festival gathered together emerging directors and showcased their visions and ideas for the stage. The Directors were chosen by a panel of experts through a written application and interview process.
The Festivals were very successful and launched the careers of a number of artists, specifically directors but also including actors and designers. Many of these artists have gone on to work professionally in the performing arts industry.
The New Directors Festival seeks to showcase emerging directors, encourages them to be bold and brave in their choice of work and their aesthetic visions. Previous Festivals have mostly focused on revivals of relatively well-known plays and were mostly presented traditionally. This year we are particularly interested in movement-based, non-narrative, cross-arts and off-site or site specific theatre as well as traditional approaches to theatre making.
The national selection process is quite vigorous. Applicants were asked to choose the script they want to work on and detail their vision for the work. Once selected, the director is assigned a mentor and a production manager. Mentors confirmed for this year include; Pat Kiernan, Carmel Winters and Jo Mangan. The director is also allocated a budget. The budget is used for actors and design fees mostly as the Granary looks after all promotion, PR and staffing of the events.
Cork has a great theatre tradition and we see the Festival contributing to cultural life in Cork and also as being a catalyst for new companies and artists to create work in the City. The Granary Theatre is well placed to produce this Festival, having done three in the past, but also because as a venue we produce and co-produce with many companies throughout the year.
We have chosen the following from the 34 applications we received: