Dr. Patrick Lonergan

Patrick Lonergan

Vice-Dean for Engagement and Student Recruitment; College of Arts, Social Sciences and Celtic Studies – University of Galway

Company profile

  • Provider of courses in creative arts (drama, film, digital arts, publishing, creative writing, music, literature, creative arts management)
  • Several university-level partnerships with creative arts organisations, including Druid Theatre, Galway International Arts Festival, Galway Community Circus, and many others.
  • Several international partnerships through Creative Europe, Erasmsus +, Horizon Europe.

Personal/Professional Profile

Professor Patrick Lonergan is Vice-Dean for Engagement and Student Recruitment in the College of Arts, Social Sciences and Celtic Studies, and he lectures in Drama, Irish Literature, and Music at the School of English and Creative Arts. He is a member of the Royal Irish Academy. 

He has edited or written eleven books on theatre and Irish literature, including Theatre and Globalization: Irish Drama in the Celtic Tiger Era (winner of the 2008 Theatre Book Prize), The Theatre and Films of Martin McDonagh (Methuen Drama, 2012), Theatre and Social Media (2015) and Irish Drama and Theatre Since 1950 (Bloomsbury, 2019). His next book, Theatre Revivals for the Anthropocene, will be published by Cambridge University Press in 2023, and other forthcoming publications include work on Shakespeare, Yeats, Synge, Joyce, and the history of blackface performance in nineteenth-century Ireland.

He is on the board of directors of the Galway International Arts Festival, a member of the Executive Committee of the International Federation for Theatre Research, and is an Editorial Associate of Contemporary Theatre Review. For Methuen Drama, he is co-editor of the Critical CompanionsÂ’ series which has published new books on such dramatists as Friel, Murphy, Pinter, Beckett, Churchill, Hwang, and Ruhl, and on topics including disability theatre, verse drama, and the British and American stage musical. He has lectured widely on Irish writing internationally, including recently in Princeton, Florence, Florianapolis (Brazil), Wroclaw, and Tokyo. He was the 2019 Burns Visiting Fellow for Irish Studies at Boston College, and is currently managing a new Postgraduate Certificate in Creative Arts Management, funded by Springboard.

Other board Position

Galway International Arts Festival.

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