Sustaining a Career as a Female Playwright in Ireland
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Sustaining a Career as a Female Playwright in Ireland

10 May 2018

Pamela McQueen talks to Irish playwright Deirdre Kinahan about the political nature of her work, her creative process, and how she's sustained a prolific career as a female playwright.

Try Acting for a Change
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Try Acting for a Change

04 March 2018

Educator and actor Gary Sloan on teaching theatrical techniques to incarcerated adults and young men to provoke and inspire change.

Building Worlds and Breaking Meaning in Enda Walsh’s Work
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Building Worlds and Breaking Meaning in Enda Walsh’s Work

13 February 2018

Jen Gushue reflects on the visceral work of Irish playwright Enda Walsh. 

Re-Defining Motherhood and Advocating for Parent Artists
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Re-Defining Motherhood and Advocating for Parent Artists

10 December 2017

Rachel Spencer Hewitt, PAAL founder, kicks off the parent advocacy in the arts series with an overview of the history of PAAL and a rationale for family-friendly practices in the theatre.

The Eurydice Project in Dublin and the Trapped Woman
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The Eurydice Project in Dublin and the Trapped Woman

26 September 2017

Laura Marriott considers The Eurydice Project in Dublin in the context of Ireland’s Repeal the Eighth movement.

Introducing the World Theatre Map Ambassadors
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Introducing the World Theatre Map Ambassadors

14 July 2017

The World Theatre Map beta project has engaged its first cohort of twenty-eight World Theatre Map Ambassadors from twenty-four countries to direct community organizing, outreach, and feedback gathering.

Empathy on Stage
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Empathy on Stage

The Collector and Anonymous in Dublin

08 April 2017

Laura Marriott explores Daniel Wade’s The Collector and Mark Richardson’s Anonymous, two recent productions in Dublin that explore contemporary social issues.

The Beauty Queen of Leenane
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The Beauty Queen of Leenane

Grey Gardens Revisited

14 March 2017

Daniel Coelho discusses Druid Theatre Company’s revival of The Beauty Queen of Leenane, making parallels to the women of Grey Gardens and Tennessee Williams’ character Blanche DuBois.

Theatre History Podcast # 24
Podcast

Theatre History Podcast # 24

Exploring Plays About Urban Ireland with Dr. Elizabeth Mannion

08 March 2017

Michael Lueger talks with Beth Mannion about plays depicting urban Ireland.

A conversation with director Garry Hynes
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A conversation with director Garry Hynes

10 February 2017

Ramona Ostrowski speaks with director Gary Hynes about Druid Theatre Company, revisiting Beauty Queen of Leenane twenty years after its first production, and new political movements within Irish theatre.

Initiatives for Women in Theatre in the UK and Ireland
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Initiatives for Women in Theatre in the UK and Ireland

15 January 2017

Naomi Elster discusses gender imbalances in theatre programming in the UK and Ireland.

Where Are the Disappeared Women of the Theatre?
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Where Are the Disappeared Women of the Theatre?

17 December 2016

Rachel Spencer Hewitt talks to members of Mothers Artists Makers, a collective of feminist mothers in Irish theatre with children.

Theatre History Podcast # 15
Podcast

Theatre History Podcast # 15

Fiona Coffey on Women in Northern Irish Theatre During The Troubles

12 December 2016

Michael Lueger talks with Fiona Coffey about women theatre artists in Northern Ireland

These Rooms
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These Rooms

A Dynamic Theatrical Event Reveals Ireland’s Hidden Histories

26 October 2016

Talya Kingston on These Rooms, devised and directed by David Bolger and Louise Lowe, at the Dublin Theatre Festival.

Waking the Feminists in NYC
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Waking the Feminists in NYC

06 April 2016

Scholar Caroline Heafey reports on Fordham University’s Waking the Feminists symposium and the quest for gender parity in Irish theatre.

Is Curated Fringe Really Fringe?
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Is Curated Fringe Really Fringe?

09 September 2015

Naomi Elster considers the difference and value of curated and open access fringe festivals.

From Author to Playwright in Six Easy Steps
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From Author to Playwright in Six Easy Steps

11 August 2015

Author and playwright Catherine Barry reflects on her transition from writing novels to plays and gives advice for emerging author-playwrights.

On Richard Maxwell & the Rupture of Real
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On Richard Maxwell & the Rupture of Real

14 April 2015

The author on The Kitchen's production of The Evening by Richard Maxwell. 

A Flash of the Irish Stage
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A Flash of the Irish Stage

14 January 2015

Alex Ates heads to Ireland, where he encounters the kindness and charm of many theatregoers and students, and remembers what theatre is about for him.