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Solas Nua seeks contractor to run its Capital Irish Film Festival
Deadline Extended to June 13, 5 PM ET

Solas Nua, Washington, D.C.’s premier multidisciplinary contemporary Irish arts organization seeks proposals from an individual or company to run its annual Capital Irish Film Festival in March 2023. 

Solas Nua's Capital Irish Film Festival (CIFF) has been showing Irish films, and films by Ireland-based filmmakers annually, every March, for 16 years. The festival has recently been presented the first weekend in March, in partnership with the American Film Institute at its historic art deco Silver Theatre & Cultural Center in Silver Spring MD.  In 2021 the festival was run solely online through Eventive.

Solas Nua seeks a highly motivated and ambitious contractor to drive CIFF through its next phase of artistic programming and audience development while also consolidating a sustainable and resilient business model. For further details about the role and information on how to submit your proposal, please download the below pdf.

Seeking Volunteers!

Solas Nua is looking for individuals to help invigilate a visual arts exhibition in July. This is a group show of wonderful Irish artists, curated by Executive Director Miranda Driscoll, in partnership with the Irish Arts Center in New York. The show opens on July 09, and runs until July 31. It will be mounted at the spectacular Whittle School and Studios in the North Cleveland Park / Van Ness neighborhood and we are looking for people to mind the show, give information and chat with visitors. The four hour shifts will be 11-3 / 3-7. You can find information about the show here and contact Miranda at miranda@solasnua.org to find out more.

Many thanks!


Solas Nua would love to see your work!
We are casting Equity and Non-Equity roles for our play reading series and our mainstage productions.

Although Solas Nua has a culturally specific mission statement, we believe that mission is only possible by showcasing the multicultural identity of modern Ireland. Ireland today is diverse and multi-racial, and Solas Nua is passionate about presenting that identity to the United States. We strongly encourage artists of all ethnicities to apply for this production.
Over the past 5 years (2018-2022), Solas Nua’s demographic of theatre productions has been: 44% created by/with BIPOC playwrights; 44% created by/with female playwrights; 22% created by/with white male playwrights.
*Note – 110% because some shows were co-written.

For this round of open auditions, please submit a video link of a monologue no longer than 2 minutes, as well as your headshot and resume, by January 21. Please read these instructions carefully:

  • Use your own prepared monologue or chose one of the provided pieces from Maz & Bricks by Eva O’Connor. Material can be found below.
  • Upload your monologue as an Unlisted video to Youtube and send the link. Please do not send a file to download. Title your video as your first and last name.
  • In addition to the video link, please send your headshot and resume as a single PDF file. Please name the file as your first and last name.
  • Irish accents are not necessary and we encourage you not to do one unless it’s proficient.
  • Currently only considering performers with DC area housing.
  • Until further notice, Solas Nua requires all artists and audience members to show proof of COVID vaccination to participate in our events. Audiences are required to wear masks throughout the performance.
  • Callbacks or further inquiries will be sent as needed.
  • Please send material to casting@solasnua.org with the subject heading OPEN CALL.

Solas Nua will be producing the play Maz and Bricks by Eva O’Conner June 4 – 26 directed by Artistic Director, Rex Daugherty. We are casting Equity and Non-Equity roles for the show. AEA contracts will be Special Appearance Tier I ($270 per week); Non-eq roles are equally compensated.

If you’d like to be considered for this show, you may self-select your preferred role based on the character breakdown below. If you decide you don’t fit the breakdown, we’d still love to see your work! We hope to use this casting opportunity to update our database, and see actors both new and familiar to the company.

Maz - female; late 20’s to late 30’s; strong will and happy to use dry humor to be confrontational. Has had an abortion and is attending a demonstration for reproductive rights.
Bricks – male; late 20’s to late 30’s; puts on a thick charm that is both winsome and annoying. Wants to be a good dad to his 4 year old.

The Norman Houston Project

The Norman Houston Project is a new project initiated by Solas Nua in Washington D.C., dedicated to the memory of Norman Houston, the former Director of the Northern Ireland Bureau (NIB), in the United States.  The project is comprised of two parts:

Part One: The Norman Houston Short Film Award 

The Norman Houston Short Film Award is an annual honor for a new short film created by a filmmaker based in or from Northern Ireland (NI) made within the previous two years. This award, which includes prize money of $2,500, will be presented in person at Solas Nua’s annual Capital Irish Film Festival (CIFF) at AFI, Silver Theatre and Cultural Center, Maryland, in March.  The filmmaker will also receive return travel to Washington D.C. with accommodation for three days. In 2022, Norman Houston’s daughter Chloe and son Connor will attend the presentation ceremony, joining Solas Nua in the celebration of the award-winner and to honor Norman’s life, career and distinguished contribution to the arts in Ireland.

Solas Nua's Capital Irish Film Festival has been showing Irish films, and films by Ireland-based filmmakers annually for 16 years. The four-day festival is based at the historic art deco American Film Institute's Silver Theatre & Cultural Center in Silver Spring MD.


Part Two: The Norman Houston Multi-disciplinary Commissioning Award 

This Award is a bi-annual commission for a new work. This exciting opportunity is now open to artists working in any discipline on the island of Ireland. Individuals or small collectives are both eligible.

The commission will comprise of a six-week research and development residency in Washington D.C. on agreed dates between 01st April and 30th June 2022 with a studio at STABLE Arts, travel and private accommodation provided (in year one), followed by a presentation of the new work produced for the commission (in year two).  A presentation may include an exhibition, a performance, a staged reading, or a partial or full production. Expenses covered by the commission in year two will include production costs of up to $20,000, artists fees, travel, accommodation and shipping. Artists in residence may invite partners / families to visit for short periods of time, at their own expense.

Context for the award:
As an unwavering advocate for the arts in his beloved Northern Ireland and Ireland as a whole, Norman Houston, through his life and career, demonstrated his understanding that the artists who call Ireland home express the imagination, creativity, resilience and voice of the people of the island; beyond borders and across communities. Norman believed that it is through the arts that we see a reflection of our own lives in the lives of others, and that by engaging with the arts, we will build bridges of empathy and appreciation and hope for the future. He spent a significant part of his extraordinary life and career in promoting the importance and vitality that the role of the arts can play in all of our lives.  He mentored young people from across the island of Ireland and always strived for inclusivity in his tireless efforts to promote peace in his hometown of Belfast.

This award seeks to honor Norman and to ensure that his life, legacy, and love of the arts are remembered.

About STABLE Arts:
STABLE's mission is strengthening Washington DC's contemporary visual arts community by providing affordable and sustainable studio space, and collaborating with local, national, and international partners to provide programming and exhibition opportunities, fostering an engaged, diverse community in Washington, DC.

This project is made possible with support from the Northern Ireland Bureau, the Embassy of Ireland and individual contributors.