The Irish Society for Theatre Research


Cumann Taighde Amharclannaíochta na hÉireann



The Irish Society for Theatre Research (ISTR) aims to facilitate research on Irish theatre in its national and international contexts in terms of an engagement with the full spectrum of Irish theatre from page to stage. The field of Irish Theatre Studies is being transformed by new approaches to the rich history of Irish theatre and by the remarkable diversity of contemporary theatrical practice. ISTR was founded in order to develop and promote new and challenging ways of thinking about Irish theatre which engage with diverse contemporary historiographical, theoretical, cultural and performance frameworks.

News on ISTR Conferences


 Irish Society for Theatre Research Conference 2015




22-23 May 2015 IT Tralee, North Campus, Dromtacker, Tralee, Co. Kerry


ISTR Conference 2015 Call for Papers





ISTR runs an annual essay competition for New Scholars. There is no set theme for this competition; rather, candidates are encouraged to submit work drawing on their current research. New research, or essays developed from papers presented at the preceding conference are welcome. The New Scholars' Prize is awarded to the best essay, judged on originality, coherence and rigour.

 Please find the full Call for Papers here.



Conferences of Interest 



For details on several CFPs listed below, please go to our Conferences page:



 - Irish Society for Theatre Research Conference 2015, IT Tralee


- American Conference for Irish Studies 2015, University of Miami


- Canadian Association for Irish Studies Conference 2015 


Carysfort Press and New Publications




Check our Publications for details on commissions by Carysfort Press for the following books:


The Theatre of Mark O'Rowe


The Theatre of Enda Walsh


The Theatre of Marie Jones


Devised Performance in Irish Theatre: Histories and Contemporary Practice


Radical Contemporary Theatre Practices by Women Theatre Makers



Also on the same page, please find details on ISTR Publications, Books by ISTR members and a list of books of interest to members.