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 27.01.2024

This Open Call is for one Sound Designer in the early stages of their career to assist Sinéad Diskin in the creation of the Sound Design for the Gate Theatre’s upcoming production of Dancing at Lughnasa by Brian Friel, directed by Caroline Byrne.

The team also includes set and costume design by Chiara Stephenson, lighting design by Paul Keogan, and movement by Sue Mythen, plus the cast and the wider production team at the Gate Theatre.

The selected candidate will work under the mentorship of Sinéad Diskin 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 and opening night. You must be available to be in rehearsals with the Sound Designer at least once per week, and you must be available for the get-in and the entire tech period.

You must be from or be able to be based in Dublin to apply for this role. Please note that no accommodation or accommodation costs will be provided.

This is a paid role with a remuneration of €3,000. Payments will be made in instalments. Further details to be provided.
To apply, please, fill out this form and submit your CV to

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

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.