This is a paid mentorship programme presented by ISPD in partnership with The Everyman and funded by The Arts Council Arts Grant Funding 2024.


Deadline: Monday 22.01.2024 at 12pm

Interviews with selected candidates will take place on Wednesday 24.01.2024

This Open Call is for one Costume Designer in the early stages of their career to assist Catherine Fay in the creation of the Costume Design for The Everyman’s upcoming production of GATMAN! a new play by Tadhg Hickey, directed by Sophie Motley.

The team also includes composition and sound design by Brian Lane, lighting and set design by Stephen Dodd, and video design by Conan McIvor, plus the cast and the wider production team at The Everyman.

The selected candidate will work under the mentorship of Catherine Fay, and engage with the wider creative team to design the show and deliver it to stage.

This will involve sessions with the designer, production and design meetings, rehearsals, previews, opening night and remounts. You must be available to be in rehearsals with the Costume Designer at least once per week, and you must be available for the get-in and the entire tech period.

This show will be remounted in the Autumn for a second run in Cork, plus a transfer to Dublin Fringe Festival. The Assistant Costume Designer must be available for these periods also.

See overall key dates below.

You must be from or based in Cork to apply for this role.

This is a paid role with a remuneration of €3,000.

To apply, please, fill out this form.

If you have access requirements to apply for this role or any other issues, please contact communications[at] with your request at least 4 days ahead of the deadline and we’ll be more than happy to assist you. Thanks.

Key Dates


Preparation, design presentations & production meetings

January / February 2024


5 February – 2 March 2024

Tech Rehearsals

4 – 6 March 2024


7 – 8 March 2024

Opening Night

9 March 2024

Key Dates for Remount


26 – 30 August 2024

Get In & Tech (Cork)

2 – 4 September 2024

Performances (Cork)

5 – 7 September 2024

Get In & Tech (Dublin)

9 – 11 September 2024

Performances (Dublin)

12 – 15 September 2024

Aims of the Programme and Role Specification

Aims of the Role 

  • Develop career opportunities.
  • Develop a working process.
  • Develop an understanding of relationships within the collaborative process.
  • Develop creativity.

Aims of ISPD

  • To build a structure that designers can navigate through.
  • To create opportunities for designers.
  • To progress the design sensibility of Irish Theatre.
  • To encourage theatre design as a career.

Assistant Designer Role

  • The Assistant Designer will need to be available for pre-rehearsal design meetings.
  • They will be expected to contribute their thoughts and opinions on the design of the production at production meetings and note sessions.
  • They are required to attend early, mid and late rehearsals as an understanding of the play development.
  • They should be fully available for technical rehearsals and a number of previews.
  • The focus is on the development of creative design skills with technical responsibilities as part of the process.
  • The Assistant Designer is required to keep track of the hours spent on the project.

Assessment and Evaluation

  • A review will be held with the various parties to develop the role for future iterations.
  • The Assistant Designer will provide an in-depth report after completing the programme, including tracking of time, and feedback on the overall experience.
  • All Assistant Designers participating in the Programme will be part of a table review at the end of 2024 to provide feedback, identifying aspects that were successful and aspects that could be improved. 


Copyright remains with the Lead Designer; the Assistant Designer’s engagement is for the appointed production schedule. Future touring and remounts are not included unless expressly stated.