Intercultural Ireland Initiative

Intercultural Ireland Initiative



Cover Image: A scene form Hurl by Charlie O’Neill, featuring Alan Wai as Dong Phuc, Courtesy of Ros Kavanagh

Cover Image: A scene form Hurl by Charlie O’Neill, featuring Alan Wai as Dong Phuc, Courtesy of Ros Kavanagh

Gemma Whelan (left) and Dr. Charlotte McIvor (right)

Gemma Whelan (left) and Dr. Charlotte McIvor (right)

Intercultural Ireland Initiative is an on-going program for Corrib Theatre.

The face of Ireland changed when the “Celtic Tiger” brought prosperity during the mid 1990’s, and resulted in considerable inward migration. Individuals from those new demographics are now creating and appearing in Irish theatre.

Corrib presented readings of Broken Promise Land and Orpheus Road in November, both from the book Staging Intercultural Ireland, edited by Charlotte McIvor and Matthew Spangler.

Dr. Charlotte McIvor joined us from University College Galway  on November 8th to discuss the changing face of Ireland and its representation in contemporary Irish theatre.

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Bio Picture Charlotte McIvor
Charlotte McIvor
is a Lecturer in Drama, Theatre and Performance at the National University of Ireland, Galway.  She is the author of Migration and Contemporary Irish Performance: Towards A New Interculturalism (forthcoming with Palgrave Macmillan) and co-editor of Staging Intercultural Ireland: Plays and Practitioner Perspectives (with Matthew Spangler) and Devised Performance in Irish Theatre: Histories and Contemporary Practice (with Siobhán O’Gorman).  She has published in Modern Drama, Irish University Review, Irish Studies Review and multiple edited volumes on contemporary theatre and performance.



Matthew Spangler
is professor of performance studies at San José State University.  He is the co-editor (with Charlotte McIvor) of Staging Intercultural Ireland: New Plays and Practitioner Perspectives. He has twice served as the co-director of the National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute on theatre and immigration. He is also an award-winning playwright. His adaptation of Khaled Hosseini’s novel The Kite Runner received five San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics’ Circle Awards, including Best Original Script. His adaptation of T.C. Boyle’s novel The Tortilla Curtain received an Edgerton New American Play Award.  His newest play, Albatross, based on Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s “Rime of the Ancient Mariner” received Elliot Norton Theatre Awards for Outstanding Solo Performance and Outstanding Production. Matthew holds degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Ph.D. Performance Studies), Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland (M.Phil. Theatre), and Northwestern University (B.S. Performance Studies).


Charlotte and Matt are both members of our Corrib Resource Council.


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