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Drama & Theatre Studies

About

The Department of Drama & Theatre Studies at Mary Immaculate College was established in June 2015 with Dr Michael Finneran as the founding Head of Department. At undergraduate level, we offer our unique flagship single honours programme - the BA in Contemporary and Applied Theatre Studies; this is dedicated to the study of all aspects of drama and theatre studies, with particular emphasis on the contemporary ways of making and receiving theatre and how drama can be used in a range of settings beyond the stage. Students can also take Drama & Theatre Studies as a subject on the joint BA programme.

We are currently developing a taught postgraduate programme at MA level and we are home to an ever-expanding range of research at PhD level. 

Our full-time faculty conduct and supervise research in a number of aspects of drama and theatre studies, particularly in contemporary theatre and performance practices, applied drama and theatre, theatre for young audiences, gender and performance and practice as research.

Mary Immaculate College has rapidly become one of the most desirable places in Ireland to study drama at third level. Our campus is rich in artistic provision, and our relationship with visiting artists and our two linked professional venues (Lime Tree Theatre and Belltable) is central to our teaching and research. Our drama programmes are designed to accommodate all students passionate about drama, including those who wish to pursue a career in performance.

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Contact
Head of Department
Dr Michael Finneran
+353 61 204976

Subject Overview

Undergraduate Programme Modules

BA in Contemporary & Applied Theatre Studies (MI001)

Full programme details, including entry requirements, can be found on the MI001 programme page.

Semester 1 (Year 1)
DT4711: Introduction to Drama, Theatre and Performance (6 Credits)
DT4712: Movement, Voice and Body in Theatre (6 Credits)
DT4713: Introduction to Technical Theatre (6 Credits)
DT4714: Contemporary Irish Theatre 1 (6 Credits)
DT4715: Ensemble and Devising in Theatre (6 Credits)
Semester 2 (Year 1)
DT4721: The History of Theatre and Performance (6 Credits)
DT4722: Social & Applied theatre (6 Credits)
DT4732: Masks and Puppetry in Performance (6 Credits)
DT4742: Ensemble Performance 1 (12 Credits)
Semester 3 (Year 2)
DT4713: Theatre for Young Audiences (6 Credits)
DT4723: Critiquing Theatre (6 Credits)
DT4733: Contemporary Irish Theatre 2 (6 Credits)
DT4743: Ensemble Performance 2 (12 Credits)
Semester 4 (Year 2)
DT4714: Contemporary European & World Theatre (6 Credits)
DT4724: Digital Theatre (6 Credits)
DT4734: Storytelling & Poetry in Performance (6 Credits)
DT4744: Community Theatre (6 Credits)
DT4754: Performance & Music (6 Credits)
Semesters 5 & 6 (Year 3)
DT4715/DT4716: Placement 1 & 2 (30 Credits per semester)
and/or
DT4725/DT4726: Study Abroad 1 & 2 (30 Credits per semester)
Semester 7 (Year 4)
DT4717: Scenography, Costume & Lighting Design (6 Credits)
DT4727: Cultural Policy & Administration (6 Credits)
DT4737: Research Skills/Practice as Research (6 Credits)
DT4747: Directing & Writing for Theatre (6 Credits)
DT4757: Undergraduate Research Project 1 (6 Credits)
Semester 8 (Year 4)
DT4718: Drama Education (6 Credits)
DT4728: Contemporary Performance Theory (6 Credits)
DT4738: Ensemble Performance 3 (12 Credits)
DT4748: Undergraduate Research Project 2 (6 Credits)

Drama & Theatre Studies as a subject option within the Joint BA in Liberal Arts - offered in conjunction with UL (MI002)

Full programme details, including entry requirements, can be found on the MI002 programme page.

Year 1
DT4711: Introduction to Drama, Theatre and Performance (6 Credits)
DT4714: Contemporary European & World Theatre (6 Credits)

 

Year 2
DT4715: Ensemble and Devising in Theatre (6 Credits)
DT4714: Contemporary Irish Theatre 1 (6 Credits)
DT4722: Social & Applied theatre (6 Credits)
DT4754: Performance & Music (6 Credits)
Year 3
OC4310: Off Campus Placement Programme 1 (30 Credits)
OC4320: Off Campus Placement Programme 1 (30 Credits)
Year 4
DT4733: Contemporary Irish Theatre 2 (6 Credits)
DT4747: Directing & Writing for Theatre (6 Credits)
DT4757: Undergraduate Research Project 1 (6 Credits)
DT4728: Contemporary Performance Theory (6 Credits)
DT4734: Storytelling & Poetry in Performance (6 Credits)
DT4748: Undergraduate Research Project 2 (6 Credits)

Staff

Dr Michael Finneran

B Ed (DCU), MA and PhD (Warwick)
Head of Department
  • Phone: +353 61 204976
  • Email: Michael.Finneran@mic.ul.ie
  • Location: SG11

Dr David Clare

BA (Boston University), MA (UCD) and PhD (UCD)
Lecturer
  • Phone: +353 61 774752
  • Email: David.Clare@mic.ul.ie
  • Location: R106

Dr Fiona McDonagh

BA (Drama & Theatre Studies) (St Mary's University, London); H-Dip (Arts Administration) (NUIG); MA (Drama & Theatre Studies) (NUIG); PhD (MIC)
Lecturer
  • Phone: +353 61 774751
  • Email: Fiona.McDonagh@mic.ul.ie
  • Location: S106

Dr Carole Quigley

BA (UCD); MPhil (TCD) and PhD (TCD)
Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow
  • Phone: +353 61 204502
  • Email: Carole.Quigley@mic.ul.ie
  • Location: S106

2019 ISTR Conference

Irish Society for Theatre Research (ISTR) Annual Conference 2019

We are very pleased to announce that we will host the ISTR conference on May 10th & 11th 2019.

The conference theme is Conversations Through Time: Intersectional, Intergenerational, Interdisciplinary

Keynote Speakers:

            Dr. Lisa Fitzpatrick, University of Ulster

            Dr. Emilie Pine, University College Dublin

Theatre and performance practices have often been called upon as ways to understand contemporary discourses. Now more than ever academics and theatremakers need to use art and the analyses of various mediums to explore and explain the world in which we live. This conference seeks to provide a platform for discursive practise to allow for conversations on how we engage with, and interpret given narratives, through the broad spectrum of theatre practice and performance types. Through promoting such conversation this conference seeks to generate new links between theatre and performative practice in light of the current international discourse.

In 2019 the ‘Global North’ is in crisis. Between the rise to power of the forty-fifth President of the United States of America Donald Trump, the fallout of Britain’s decision to exit the European Union, the increasing migrant crisis, the presence of extremist terrorist violence, and the growing threat of the ‘alt right’, pressure is mounting on academics and activists to promote full equality amidst narratives of racism, sexism, homophobia and rape culture. We must find new ways to combat old issues. What can we learn from examining the past and what can we discover through contemporary discourse?

The 2019 ISTR conference invites proposals for papers and practice-based presentations focusing on issues of intersectionality, activism and identity, as they relate to contemporary theatre practise and performance studies in Ireland and elsewhere.

Open the full Call for Papers and Conference details in PDF format

 

Proposals could respond to any of the following themes:

  • Performance of Marginalised Identities
  • Performing Identit(ies)
  • Applied Theatre Practices
  • Nationalism
  • Deconstructing the Canon
  • Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Performance
  • Forgotten/Hidden Histories
  • Political Theatre
  • Sexism and Misogyny
  • Re-imagined Ireland
  • Reclaiming Spaces
  • Performances of Rape Culture

Submission of Abstracts:

Submissions are now being sought for:

  • Paper presentations (20 minutes duration)
  • Research performances (50 minutes duration) – Performances may be by individuals or groups, and should report on research practice, e.g. in the form of devised work, ethno-drama, performance ethnography, etc.
  • Symposia/Roundtables (1 hr duration) – Proposals should address how the symposium/roundtable session will focus on relevant aspects of the conference theme.
  • Poster presentations – A poster is a visual description of a project, prepared for viewing by those attending a conference. Posters can depict research or evaluation findings, outline a research process, or describe a project. Posters will be displayed across the two days of the conference.
  • All submissions should seek to address the conference theme.
  • Abstracts should be no longer than 500 words.
  • A biography of 150 words maximum for each presenter should be included
  • Closing date for receipt of proposals/abstracts is 22/2/2019
  • All presenters will be notified in March 2019
  • Proposals should be submitted in MS Word Format by email directly to Carole.Quigley@mic.ul.ie

 

Conference Fees:

Full Fee (including ISTR Membership): €100

Student/Unwaged Fee (including ISTR Membership): €40

 

Bursaries:

A limited number of small bursaries will be available to support postgraduate students who wish to present as part of this event. If you wish to be considered for a postgraduate bursary, then please indicate this in your proposal. Bursaries will be awarded competitively, based on the quality of postgraduate proposals received. These bursaries are courtesy of last year’s host institution, University of Lincoln, and ISTR. 

 

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