Mission Statement

The Discipline of Drama and Theatre Studies was established at NUI Galway in 2014, and is part of the School of Humanities. Drama at NUI Galway has 140 undergraduates, 20 MA students and 13 PhD students. Most of our PhD students are holders of very prestigious research awards. 

The university has a long history of excellence in the performing arts – a history that pre-dates the establishment of Drama as a degree subject. Notable graduates include the co-founders of Druid Theatre, Garry Hynes and Marie Mullen, both of whom went on to become Tony Award winners for direction and acting respectively. The university now enjoys a close partnership with Druid Theatre, with whom we run a Druid Academy programme for training emerging theatre-makers. The university also has formal partnerships with many other theatre companies and arts organisations, including the Abbey Theatre (Ireland’s national theatre), the Gate Theatre, the Galway International Arts Festival, and others.

We have particular research and teaching strengths in the area of Irish theatre, and our aim is to be known as the world’s leading centre for the study of that subject.  We locate the study of Irish theatre in a broad international context, using an Irish perspective to explore issues of global importance. Interaction and partnership with our international colleagues is an essential feature of our teaching and research. 

Every year, we stage at least three productions, as well as a series of lectures, public interviews with theatre practitioners, international conferences, and other events.

To find out more about our ethos and what to expect from us visit our About Us page.