Keynote Presenters

We are delighted that keynote presentations by Professor Christopher Morash and Professor Ann Shanahan will be live streamed on Friday February 19th from 2 to 4.30 PM UTC. Please click here to register for these events if you have not already registered for the conference via Eventbrite. These presentations will be followed by live discussion. As part of our commitment to inclusive design, Irish Sign Language translators will interpret the keynote presentations and the ensuing live discussion.

Please click on the play button on the image below to access the recording of the conference keynote addresses complete with Irish Sign Language translation and closed captioning.

Professor Chris Morash

Keynote Address

“Knew Nought of All This”: Teresa Deevy’s Dark Matter


Chris Morash is the Seamus Heaney Professor of Irish Writing in Trinity College Dublin. Among his many publications are Writing the Irish Famine (Oxford, 1995), A History of Irish Theatre 1601-2000 (Cambridge, 2002), A History of the Media in Ireland (Cambridge, 2009), Mapping Irish Theatre [with Shaun Richards] (Cambridge, 2013); more recently, he co-edited The Oxford Handbook of Modern Irish Theatre with Nicholas Grene (Oxford, 2016). He was elected to Membership of the Royal Irish Academy in 2007 and to Fellowship of TCD in 2016. He served as the 74th Vice-Provost of Trinity College from 2016-2019. He is currently writing a book on Yeats and theatre. You can access Chris’ academic profile here.

Professor Ann M. Shanahan

Keynote Address

Liminal Materialisms in Teresa Deevy’s In the Cellar of My Friend and Late Plays for Radio


Ann M. Shanahan is a scholar-artist specialising in feminist directing and pedagogy, gender and theatrical space, and theatre and social change. She is Chair of the Department of Theatre at Purdue University, and artistic director and producer of Purdue Theatre. Prior to joining the faculty at Purdue in 2019, she was an associate professor of Theatre and Women’s Studies and Gender Studies at Loyola University Chicago for 20 years.

Selected recent publications include: “Making Room(s): Staging Plays about Women and Houses,” Performing the Family Dream House: Space, Ritual and Images of Home, eds. Emily Klein, Jen-Scott Mobley, Jill Stevenson, Univeristy of Iowa, (2019); “Teaching Maria Irene Fornés’s Fefu and Her Friends” in How to Teach a Play: Exercises for the University Classroom, eds. Miriam Chirico and Kelly Younger, (Bloomsbury Methuen, 2019); and “Pirated Pedagogy: Re-purposing Brecht’s Performance Techniques for Revolutions in Teaching,” New Directions in Theatre Pedagogy, eds. Anne Fliotsos and Gail Humphries, Palgrave Macmillan, (2018).

Ann is the volume editor and contributor to Landscapes of Perception: Meredith Monk, Robert Wilson and Richard Foreman, the 6th volume in a new series, Great North American Theatre Directors (Bloomsbury Methuen, 2020 forthcoming). Ann is the founding co-editor of the Peer-Reviewed Section of the SDC Journal, the official publication of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society. She served as the Vice President for Conference 2018 of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE), theme: “Theatres of Revolution: Performance, Pedagogy and Protest” and as Focus Group Representative for the Directing Focus Group at ATHE 2014-16. Along with members of the Gender Research Seminar (GRS) at Loyola University Chicago, she is a founder of Room(s) Theatre. She is currently developing a book length project on gender and theatrical space.

Selected professional directing credits include: Sarah Ruhl’s adaptation of Virginia Woolf’s Orlando; Vagabond and The Turn of the Screw (City Lit Theatre), Lies and LegendsWaspWarriorThe Living, and On Golden Pond (Buffalo Theatre Ensemble) and Drums in the Night (The Brecht Company). Shanahan has directed numerous productions at the university level, including: MachinalA Doll’s House; The House of Bernarda Alba; The Trojan Women; Hedda Gabler, Our Country’s Good; Mother Courage; Ghosts, Fefu and Her Friends, and Abingdon Square. Find a link to Ann’s professional profile here.

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