Irish Drama, the Guthrie and American Theatre

The Tenth Annual Irish Theatrical Diaspora Conference

Guthrie Theater, Minneapolis, and Irish Studies, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul

Friday 20 – Saturday 21 September 2013

The tenth annual Irish Theatrical Diaspora conference takes place in September at the Guthrie Theater, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary, and the downtown Minneapolis campus of the University of St. Thomas. This event will bring together leading scholars and practitioners to discuss the changing place of Irish drama on U.S. stages, with special emphasis on the links between Ireland and the Guthrie Theater.

The two-day conference will include a public interview with Joe Dowling, the Artistic Director of the Guthrie, key-note lectures by John P. Harrington and José Lanters, a talk by Christopher Fitz-Simon on Tyrone Guthrie, and papers on Brian Friel, Thomas Kilroy, the Abbey Theatre and more. Confirmed speakers include David Clare, Nicholas Grene, Helen Lojek, Patrick Lonergan, Kay Martinovich, Patrick O’Donnell, Anthony Roche, Shelley Troupe and Ian R. Walsh.

The conference coincides with the US premiere of Brian Friel’s celebrated adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya, directed by Joe Dowling, which opens on Friday, 20 September. Tickets for this production must be purchased separately but a group rate is available to conference delegates.


The registration fee for the conference is $75. A special student rate of $30 will be available upon production of a valid student I.D..

Delegates who wish to register should send their name and e-mail address to

Registration fees are payable at the conference venue.


 Delegates will need to make their own arrangements in relation to accommodation. Many of the delegates are staying at the Residence Inn Minneapolis at the Depot, which is only two blocks from the Guthrie.


Organising Committee

 Nicholas Grene, Patrick Lonergan, Patrick O’Donnell, Anthony Roche