Sustainable Careers


Theatre Artists in Galway


Theatre57 is a collective of over 90 Galway-based independent* theatre artists. We are advocating for investment in sustainability and infrastructure to support independent theatre in Galway.

We first came together in May 2018, to discuss the challenges and benefits of making work in Galway and agreed that a pro-active approach was required to drive change in our sector.

Through multiple meetings, discussions and surveys, we came to understand the needs and backgrounds of our members and concluded that a Creative Hub could address many of the shortfalls we currently face, such as: lack of designated rehearsal and development space, lack of designated hot desk facilities, lack of on-going training, lack of a centralised information, advice and advocacy facility for local theatre artists.

Our intention is to rectify these shortcomings and create a legacy we can be proud of. 

As Theatre57 grows and finds a venue, we welcome your support as a potential member, partner, patron and/or audience for our work.

*by independent we mean artists that are not in receipt of regular funding.


To campaign for sustainable working practices for current and future generations of theatre makers.

To advocate for investment in infrastructure for independent professional theatre artists based in Galway.

To create opportunities that support creative and professional development in an accessible, cooperative and artist-centered manner.


Over the next three years, we will work to:

Establish a creative hub in the city of Galway.

Forge genuine links with local sectors and communities.

Support new opportunities for independent artists to create and present work.

Deliver events that enhance the well-being of independent theatre artists in the city.

Foster creative and professional growth in our sector.

Create public engagements and discourse around the work that we do.


Focus for 2019

Advocate for improved conditions for independent theatre makers, linking in with national and European organisations to forge new alliances.

Investigate funding options with a view to rolling out a new programme that stimulates creative action.

Produce a series of curated events at Electric, Spring 2019.

Collaborate with Galway City Council on plans for a hub which will house rehearsal & meeting space for independent theatre makers.

Continue to meet regularly to see how we can proactively support one another and develop our sector.


“Our artistic community which has achieved so much with so little in the past, is in urgent need of strategic investment and renewal.”

galway 2020  |  bid book