PROPEL Artist Development Programme

The Strollers Network is Ireland’s largest consortium of Art Centres. It is a partnership made up of ten venues from across four regions of the country.

2023 will see the delivery of cycle 3 of the PROPEL Artist Development Programme. A newly established artist support initiative that utilizes the networks existing infrastructure, resources, and wider network partnerships to support the sustainable development of independent theatre makers working within the Irish theatre sector. The programme is delivered over three years, in three graduating cycles (early, mid, final). Supporting a maximum of three artists per year, over a three-year period. The aim of this programme is to strengthen the ecology of the Irish theatre sector by firstly supporting the development of new work by independent theatre makers, and secondly by supporting the long-term sustainable development of artists through capacity building and strategic professional development.

Following an open call application process the Strollers Network is  delighted to announce Choy-Ping Clarke-Ng 吳彩萍 as the recipient of the PROPEL Programme Award 2023.

PROPEL is a new, three year-long artist development and mentorship programme designed and produced by the Strollers Network, a partnership made up of ten arts centres from across four regions of Ireland. The aim of this programme is to strengthen the ecology of the Irish theatre sector by supporting the development of new work by independent theatre makers and to support the sustainable development of artistic practice through a structured mentorship and training programme designed and delivered in consultation with the artist or company.

The programme offers a €35,000 bursary over 3 years to support the research and development of new work and to cover the cost of ongoing professional development through training and mentorship.  The award also gives access to development and rehearsal spaces in ten Arts Centres across the country, support and mentorship from a panel of experts in producing, fundraising, technical production, dramaturgy, publishing, marketing, finance, cultural entrepreneurship, audience development and engagement, and strategic business development and cultural business management. Finally, this will give the artist an opportunity to present a work-in-progress performance as part of a major Irish festival.

ABOUT Choy-Ping:

Choy-Ping Clarke-Ng 吳彩萍 (they / she) is a Hong Kong-Irish theatre maker and designer of set, costume and video. Ping was born and raised in Enniskerry, Wicklow. They won a Linbury Prize after graduating from MA Performance Design at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School (2021). They have designed for venues including the Abbey Theatre, Bristol Old Vic and Singapore Repertory Theatre. Ping is a multidisciplinary theatre maker who writes, directs, designs and often performs their own work. They combine personal stories, surrealism, humour and socio-political engagement with innovative design. Ping is primarily inspired by their heritage, cross-cultural experiences and examining colonialism. Their most recent piece of theatre making / designing, WINDOW A WORLD, was co-produced by Dublin Theatre Festival and BUDA Belgium through the EU’s Be SpectACTive! project (2022). They are currently developing several new pieces and set designing Like We Were Born To Move by Eimear Hussey, opening at the Abbey Theatre this August



The Watergate Theatre


Belltable, The Lime Tree Theatre

Hawk’s Well Theatre

Linenhall Arts Centre

Riverbank Arts Centre

Siamsa Tire

Solstice Arts Centre

The Source Arts Centre

VISUAL Centre for Contemporary Art and The George Bernard Shaw Theatre