Symposium theme is “’Our Day Will Come’: Reclaiming the Feminine in Irish Theatre”
VILLANOVA, PA – The 10th annual Philadelphia Theatre Research Symposium (PTRS), featuring a keynote address by Tony Award-winning director Garry Hynes, will take place at Villanova University on Friday, April 29th 2016 from 12 pm to 8:30 pm in Vasey Theatre. This year’s theme is “’Our Day Will Come’: Reclaiming the Feminine in Irish Theatre.” The symposium is sponsored by the Department of Theatre in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
This year’s symposium commemorates the centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising in Dublin and looks to draw attention to the continuing dearth of female representation in the Irish theatre arts. PTRS seeks to highlight the work of new scholars in the areas of women and Irish Theatre. The symposium offers the opportunity to present work in progress and to share ideas with other researchers. It will feature papers that deal with all aspects of Irish theatre, including but not limited to playwriting, directing, acting, design, scholarship, production, and administration.
The keynote speech will be delivered by Hynes, who is the artistic director of the Druid Theatre Company of Galway, Ireland, which she founded in 1975. She also served as the artistic director of the Abbey Theatre, Ireland’s national theatre, from 1991 to 1994. Hynes won a Tony Award in 1998 for her direction of The Beauty Queen of Leenane. She is the recipient of the Joe A. Callaway Award for Outstanding Direction for The Cripple of Inishmaan, a Special Tribute Award for her contribution to Irish Theatre, and Best Director at the UK Theatre Awards.
Following the presentation of papers, Hynes will deliver her keynote address at 4 pm. After her keynote there will be a staged reading of Sean O’Casey’s masterpiece The Plough and the Stars at 6 pm. The reading is sponsored by Falvey Memorial Library and Villanova University’s Irish Studies Program.