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2011 Global Seminars

Performing Irishness: Performance and Theater in Modern and Contemporary Ireland

Galway, Ireland, June 11 - July 25


“Performing Irishness: Performance and Theater in Modern and Contemporary Ireland” will be taught at the National University of Ireland, Galway, from June 11 to July 25. The seminar is led by Jill Dolan, professor of English and theater, and Stacy Wolf, associate professor of theater.

Galway, a town with a rich tradition of Irish folk culture and performance, is home to the famed Druid Theatre and to the Galway International Arts Festival , which is considered among the most vibrant multiperformance events in the world. The seminar’s last two weeks coincide with the festival (July 10–24) where students will experience a variety of musical, theatrical, spoken-word, dance, spectacle, street art, and installation performances and meet artists from all over the world. In the first weeks of the course, students will study performance theory, read drama from the early twentieth century that informs the present, learn the Irish language, and participate in theater- and performance-based community service. Daily seminars and performance-practice workshops will be supplemented by frequent evenings of theater-going, as well as by “performance in everyday life” and critical tourism exercises that will take students to Galway’s pubs, to the beautiful Aran Islands, and to “trad sessions” of Irish music around the town. Week three will be capped with a trip to the Synge Summer School in Rathdrum, County Wicklow, where students will meet and work with leading Irish theater scholars and practitioners to receive a hands-on understanding of current practices and debates. 

Internships (3) in Ireland following the seminar are also available. For information, please visit the website of the International Internship Program.

The course fulfills the Literature and the Arts (LA) requirement and is open to freshmen, sophomores, and juniors. No performance experience is necessary or expected.

The Global Seminar in Galway, Ireland, is cosponsored by the Lewis Center for the Arts

Click here for the seminar syllabus.


Monday, February 14, 2011, 5 p.m.

Week of February 21, 2011

Acceptance e-mails sent
Tuesday-Wednesday, March 8-9, 2011

Acceptance deadline
Monday, March 21, 2011


April 12, 2011
Pre-departure Orientation Meeting
Aaron Burr Hall 216
Jill Dolan, Stacy Wolf & Susan Bindig (culture, expectations, travel database, ISOS, etc.)


Susan Bindig, Seminar Administrator
Global Seminar in Galway
323 Aaron Burr Hall