The Tenth Annual Conference of the Irish Theatrical Diaspora Project


Co-sponsored by Irish Studies, the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul; the Guthrie Theater, Minneapolis;  and the Department of Foreign Affairs (Ireland)


Friday, September 20, 2013

Location:              The Guthrie Theater, 818 South 2nd Street, Minneapolis, MN 55415

8.45 – 9.30            Registration   Level 8 Classrooms

9.30 – 10.45        Panel: Irish Drama and American Theatre

Level 8 Classrooms

Dr. Kay Martinovich, Theatre Director, Chicago, “Irish Women on the Chicago Stage: Marina Carr, Hester Swane and The Mai”

Dr. Shelley Troupe, National University of Ireland – Maynooth, “Developing Images: Druid, Synge, and the Guthrie”

11.00 – 12.00      Talk: Dr. Christopher Fitz-Simon, author/actor/director, on “’Tall Tony’: Recollections of Tyrone Guthrie, 1939-1971”

Dowling Studio

12.00 – 1.00        Lunch

1.00  – 2.00           Guthrie Theater Backstage Tour

2.00 – 3.30            Interview: Joe Dowling, Director, Guthrie Theater, in conversation with Professor Anthony Roche, University College Dublin

Dowling Studio

3.30 – 3.45            Break

3.45 – 5.00            Plenary lecture: Professor John P. Harrington, Dean, Fordham University, “Irish Theatre and American Regional Theater: A Cultural Dynamic”

Level 8 Classrooms

7:30                        Performance: Brian Friel’s version of Anton Chekhov,


Wurtele Thrust Stage (Delegates purchase own tickets)


Saturday, September 21, 2013

Location:              The Terrence Murphy Auditorium, Room TMH 260, University of St. Thomas downtown campus, 1000 La Salle Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55403

8.45 – 9.30           Late Registration

9.30 – 10.45             Panel: Joe Dowling as Theatre Director

Professor Nicholas Grene, Trinity College, Dublin, “Dealing with The Dead: Joe Dowling’s Abbey Production”

Professor Patrick Lonergan, National University of Ireland – Galway, “Joe Dowling, Shakespeare and the Abbey Theatre”.

10.45 – 11.00       Break

11.00 – 12.15  Plenary Lecture

Professor José Lanters, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, “Creating Constance: The Textual and Theatrical Incarnations of Thomas Kilroy’s ‘Wilde’ Play”.

12.15 – 1.15         Lunch

1.15 – 2.30            Panel: Tyrone Guthrie

Dr. Patrick O’Donnell, Normandale Communtity College, “A Pirandellian Hamlet of Monaghan: the Irishness of Sir Tyrone Guthrie”;

Dr. Ian W. Walsh, University College Dublin, “Tyrone Guthrie and Irish Theatre Before Brian Friel”.

2.45 – 4.00            Panel: The Theatre of Brian Friel

Dr. David Clare, National University of Ireland – Galway, “Brian Friel’s Invocation of Edmund Burke in Philadelphia, Here I Come!”;

Professor Emerita Helen Lojek, Boise State University, Idaho, “Staging Space in Brian Friel’s Wonderful Tennessee”.

7:30        Possible: Conference attendees attend Guthrie performance in Dowling Studio of Sun Mee Chomet’s one-woman play, How To Be A Korean Woman