Announcing 2018 GROW Participants

Baboró is delighted to announce the 2018 GROW Festival Mentoring and Pathways to Production programme participants. This innovative programme supports artists in making work for children and young audiences and consists of two strands; Pathways to Production and Festival Mentoring.

Baboró has a long history of mentoring and supporting artists, creatives and educators who are exploring and developing theatre, dance, music and visual art for young audiences, or are interested in doing so. Other supports include a Go See Fund, industry meet ups and an artist hot desk.

The GROW programme is funded by the Arts Council and participants were selected from a competitive application process.


Pathways to Production supports artists and young companies to develop their ideas and skills with a view to producing a full performance piece. The scheme involves partner meetings, development space, sharings of works-in-progress as well as support in developing funding strategies.

The 2018/2019 Pathways to Production participants are:

1. Sian Ní Mhuirí, Super Paua
Sian Ní Mhuirí is the director and founder of Super Paua, a Dublin-based theatre company creating playful, socially-focused theatre for children and young adults.

2. James Riordan, Brú Theatre
James Riordan is the founder of Brú Theatre. Based in the West of Ireland, the company creates work inspired by the language, landscape and rich storytelling tradition rooted in the west. Working bilingually, they are interested in form, rhythm and imagination. Brú Theatre is presenting their production Cleite as part of this year's festival.

The partner organisations on this scheme are:


Festival Mentoring programme will see four artists attend a specially designed programme of shows, industry events and networking events during this year’s festival. The programme is aimed at artists and creatives at any stage of their career, including those with an established career, who have never before made work for children.

The 2018 Festival Mentoring participants are:

1. Oisín Robbins
2. Annie Keegan
3. Monica Munoz
4. Deirdre Dwyer

The four participants will receive mentoring from two highly experienced individuals from within the sector: