Screen Ireland & Bow Street Academy Announce Successful Recipients of the new ‘Actor as Creator’ Scheme

Monday, August 17th, 2020

Fís Éireann/Screen Ireland and Bow Street Academy, the National Screen Acting School of Ireland are delighted to announce the successful recipients of the new ‘Actor as Creator’ scheme. There was a very strong response to the call for applications and the selection process has been incredibly competitive, with 30 successful recipients announced today.

‘The Actor as Creator’ is a new initiative aimed specifically at supporting unique creative voices within the Irish screen acting community to create a diverse range of work, introduced during a time when social distancing measures are affecting traditional production activity across film and theatre. The successful recipients were selected by a panel comprising Emmy nominated casting director Louise Kiely, Bow Street Academy, Screen Ireland and Screen Skills Ireland. The final successful recipients represent a diverse range of new and established talent from across Ireland. The scheme has also achieved a 50/50 gender balance across the successful funding recipients.

Screen Ireland Chief Executive, Désirée Finnegan, said, “We are delighted to have introduced this new initiative which directly supports, recognises and invests in actors who wish to create and perform new original screen work. Ireland is renowned for our depth of acting talent and we are looking forward to showcasing the final projects to Irish and international audiences online.”

Shimmy Marcus, Artistic Director at Bow Street Academy said, “Bow Street Academy is excited to be part of this unprecedented initiative that recognises actors as original creators. At a time when the world seeks respite through film and television drama, this direct funding is an important first step on the road to providing a platform and opportunity to showcase the depth of great screen acting talent in Ireland.”

The successful applicants are:

  1. Aaron Monaghan
  2. Ally Ní Chiaráin
  3. Andie McCaffrey
  4. Anthony Moriarty
  5. Barry O’Connor
  6. Bob Kelly
  7. Charleigh Bailey
  8. Ciaran Bermingham
  9. Clara Harte
  10. Colette Forde
  11. Eanna Hardwicke
  12. Ella Connolly
  13. Gabriel Adewusi
  14. Gemma Kane
  15. Jackson Lennon
  16. Jade Jordan
  17. Jimmy Smallhorne
  18. Kate Gilmore
  19. Katie McCann
  20. Leah Rossiter
  21. Lesley Conroy
  22. Mark Schrier
  23. Peter Melrose
  24. Rex Ryan
  25. Rory Fleck Byrne
  26. Rosemary Seymour
  27. Ruairí Heading
  28. Sarah Kinlen
  29. Tony Doyle
  30. Úna Kavanagh

This new initiative is also supported by Equity. The successful recipients will originate, perform and produce the short filmic work. The successful pieces will be showcased widely after completion. Additional skills development support will be delivered online for the successful recipients through Screen Skills Ireland, the skills development unit within Screen Ireland.

All works created and/or produced by the actor must adhere to all Government guidelines and protocols to ensure compliance with Covid-19 related public health protection measures.