‘’Information is a source of learning. But unless it is organised, processed, and available to the right people in a format for decision making, it is a burden, not a benefit,’’ William Pollard.
TheatreMaker.ie is a news, media and content organisation formed in March 2020, during the initial Covid-19 lockdown, to promote conversations among theatre makers and arts workers, to provide a platform for the free flowing discussion and dissemination of information affecting the theatre sector in Ireland and around the world.
Our platforms have provided documentation and a record of what is happening in an unprecedented time in the history of the world, but are also immediate and nimble to quickly react to the news of the day and disseminate important information to arts sector quickly and without bureaucracy. We do not believe that this documentation should end with the reopening of the sector following the pandemic.
In a sea of information, each bit scattered throughout the websites, social media and press releases of organisations throughout the country, information gets lost. TheatreMaker.ie aggregates and organises this information and makes it available to the sector under a single umbrella and, through our online programming, in an easy to digest format. This is key to supporting the artists and arts workers in the sector, but also the decision makers who need information to move forward.
We also recognise that conversations about the way the sector operates are imperative to pushing the arts forward in Ireland, and having those conversations in the open and among an inclusive and diverse group of practitioners, instead of behind closed doors, opens the sector up to even greater development in the long term. TheatreMaker.ie’s content is not a one-off panel discussion or a week long conference where individuals are left to implement their own interpretation of the learnings; We believe that ongoing conversations about the most important issues in theatre should be had and followed up on for the long term.