Vacancy: Lecturer in Drama, Theatre and Performance, NUI Galway

National University of Ireland, Galway
Post Title & Subject Area Lecturer (BTB) in Drama, Theatre and Performance
Post Duration Permanent
Applications are invited for an appointment as Lecturer (BTB) in Drama, Theatre and Performance at NUI Galway.
In recent years, NUI Galway has made a major contribution to the development of theatre research and practice in Ireland and internationally. An MA in Drama and Theatre was established in 2000, with the aim of combining professional-quality courses in the history and theory of drama with performance-oriented courses in theatre arts. Founded on similar principles, an undergraduate BA Connect programme in Theatre and Performance began in 2007, and has already become one of the most popular options for new entrants to the university. A new BA in Drama, Theatre and Performance began in 2012, and further developments are planned, including the establishment of a Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance. When completed, the Centre will provide a purpose-built theatre with additional teaching and performance resources.
These innovations have stimulated new theatrical activity throughout the university and the city, helping to revitalize the university’s Drama Society and leading to the creation of several new theatre companies in Galway and elsewhere.
The university is preeminent in the study of modern Irish theatre, with our researchers having recently published prize-winning monographs and completed major funded research projects. The university’s recent acquisition of major theatre archives (the Abbey Theatre Digital Archive, Thomas Kilroy, Druid Theatre Company, Arthur Shields papers, Taibhdhearc na Gaillimhe, Lyric Players’ Theatre, Siobhan McKenna, etc) means that NUI Galway now has one of the world’s best collections of material about Irish theatre and performance. These multi-media resources – now housed in a purpose-built Arts and Social Sciences Research building – will make a major impact on teaching and research in the university during the years ahead.
The links between scholarship and creativity within the curriculum are paralleled by alliances with theatre companies. NUI Galway and Druid Theatre have recently established an innovative new partnership involving a range of joint activities. Druid give workshops to undergraduate and postgraduate students, the university has appointed a Druid Director-in-Residence, and NUI Galway was a co-producer of DruidMurphy, a major award-winning production which played in Ireland, London and New York. The university also enjoys close relationships with numerous other theatre companies, practitioners and agencies, in Ireland and abroad. It is also engaged in an ambitious project to digitise the entire archive of the Abbey Theatre, Ireland’s national theatre. When completed the archive will be the biggest ever digital theatre archive, featuring scripts, videos, images, set and costume designs, stage management records, and more.
We seek a dynamic, creative, engaged and scholarly individual who will help us to consolidate and expand upon these developments. In addition to the ordinary academic duties laid out below, the individual appointed will have special responsibility for:
o developing modules that focus on practical theatre (specifically, acting, directing, and/or stage design),
o the development and teaching of practice-as-research modules,
o the recruitment and supervision of practice-as-research based PhD students.
o assisting in the development of a new Centre for Theatre and Performance.
For informal enquiries, please contact Prof Patrick Lonergan, Email or telephone: +353 (0)91 492631 Additional information on drama in the School of Humanities is available at
EURO €36,230 to €51,104 p.a. (applicable to new entrants effective from January, 2011)
(This appointment will be made on the Lecturer Below the Bar scale in line with current Government pay policy)
(For pre 1995 public sector entrants in Ireland, the D class Salary rates will apply)
Closing date for receipt of applications is midnight (GMT) on Thursday, 4th July 2012. It will not be possible to consider applications received after the closing date.
For more information and Application Form please see website: Applications should be submitted online.
Please note that appointment to posts advertised will be dependent upon University approval, together with the terms of the Employment Control Framework for the higher education sector.
National University of Ireland Galway is an equal opportunities employer.

Patrick Lonergan
Professor of Drama and Theatre Studies
School of Humanities
National University of Ireland, Galway

Phone +353 91 49 2631