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Corrib Theatre engages, inspires, entertains, and challenges audiences with theatrical productions filtered through the Irish experience, and with a focus on contemporary and lesser-known voices; we foster a diverse theatre community in our artists and patrons, and celebrate the essential power of the theatre to illuminate our common humanity. Corrib Theatre is based in Portland, Oregon.

Corrib is a river and a lake on the west coast of Ireland. According to place name lore, Corrib was a god of the sea.

Photo: Gary Norman

Gemma Whelan – Artistic Director Gemma is the founding Artistic Director of Corrib Theatre. For Corrib she has directed The Hen Night Epiphany by Jimmy Murphy, St. Nicholas by Conor McPherson, and A Night in November by Marie Jones. In Portland she has directed the world premiere of Ithaka by Andrea Stolowitz at Artists Repertory Theatre, Words that Burn by Cindy Williams Guttierez for Los Porteños at Milagro Theatre, and at Profile and CoHo Theatres. She was the founding Artistic Director of Wilde Irish Productions in the Bay Area. For Wilde Irish: Michael Mac Liammoir’s The Importance of Being Oscar (Dean Goodman Award for Direction), the U.S. premiere of Ariel by Marina Carr, Frank McGuinness’Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me, Patricia Burke Brogan’s Eclipsed and Samuel Beckett’s Endgame. Other favorites: Jane Chamber’s Last Summer at Bluefish Cove (Cable Car Nomination for Outstanding Achievement), and Eileen Atkin’s Vita and Virginia (Curve Magazine, Best Theatre of the Year Award), both at Theatre Rhinoceros; Tom Kempinski’s Duet for One (Zephyr Theatre); and Caryl Churchill’s Top Girls (Phoenix Theatre). B.A. Trinity College Dublin, M.A. Theatre UC Berkeley, MFA Cinema, San Francisco State University. Member SDC (Stage Directors and Choreographers Society).

Cliodhna Carthy – Marketing Director Cliodhna relocated to Portland from Ireland in 2016 on a J1-IWT visa and very randomly got connected with Corrib while volunteering at an event in North Portland on Memorial Day. She ushered at Our New Girl in June and was delighted to join the company as Marketing Director in the fall. Cliodhna’s background is in fundraising and marketing and she has worked in fundraising roles in NGO, Oxfam Ireland and children’s cancer charity, Barretstown. She graduated from Dublin Institute of Technoloy in 1995 with a Diploma in Social Studies and from Dublin City University in 2015 with a Postgraduate Certificate in Digital Marketing. Theatre has always been a strong interest of Cliodhna’s and she is thrilled to be on the Corrib team.

Arts For All

Corrib Theatre participates in Arts For All, making theatre accessible to everyone. Show your Oregon Trail Card to purchase $5 tickets for the same day in person beginning one hour before curtain time. Limit two tickets per person.

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Gemma Whelan, Artistic Director
Adam Liberman, Managing Director
Cliodhna Carthy, Marketing

Board of Directors

Gemma Whelan, President
Steph Hartford
Adam Liberman
Pat Scheans
Ramsay Weit

Resource Council

Jan Baross
Claudia Dissel
Brendan Finn
Michael Griggs
Charlotte Headrick
Diana Hennessy
Megan McGarry
Charlotte McIvor
Matthew Spangler
George Thorn


10.10.2016 Portland Monthly Light a Fire 2016: George Thorn

9.13.2016 Portland Monthly A Portland Company Airs Ireland’s New Plays — and Dark Past

6.15.2016 Willamette Week Some of Portland’s Best Actors Wrap Up at Corrib Theatre

6.14.2016 Oregon ArtsWatch Our New Girl: A Lie of the Mind

2.23.2016 Oregon ArtsWatch: Animal Instinct: Corrib’s ‘Chapatti’

10.1.2015 Portland Monthly: Top Things to Do in Portland This Weekend Oct 1 – 4

10.1.2015 Portland Mercury: Little Gem Gets the Staging it Deserves

9.2.2015 Portland Monthly: Our Guide to Portland Fall Theater

6.11.2014 Oregon ArtsWatch: Review: The Hen Night Epiphany 

6.8.2014 Oregonian: ‘The Hen Night Epiphany’: A subtle Irish comedy and thoughtful, poignant drama 

6.6.2014 Oregon ArtsWatch: Preview: ‘The Hen Night Epiphany’ – The little Corrib Theatre’s biggest production ever gathers some of the city’s finest actresses

6.3.2014 Oregonian: Portland’s ‘Irish Spring’ Festival ends with Jimmy Murphy’s ‘The Hen Night Epiphany’ at Corrib Theatre

5.29.2014 Oregon ArtsWatch: Portland’s Small Theatres Pass the Hat

5.20.2014 Portland Monthly: PDX Theatre’s Irish Spring

5.20.2014 Oregon ArtsWatch: A Slew of Irish Plays

3.8.2014 Willamette Week: Review, A Night in November

2.19.2014 Portland Monthly:  Review, A Night in November (Editor’s Pick)

2.14.2014 Oregon ArtsWatch: Corrib Theatre’s Irish Immersion

1.8.2014 Portland Mercury: Corrib’s New Mission

3.29.2013 Oregonian: Review, St. Nicolas

3.27.2013 Wilamette Week: Review, St. Nicholas

3.22.2013 Oregonian: Dedicated to Ireland, new Corrib Theatre presents Conor McPherson’s one-man marvel, ‘St. Nicholas’