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Patrick Lonergan

BA, MA, PHD

Professor of Drama and Theatre Studies NUIG

Member PL&AElected in 2018

Patrick Lonergan is Professor of Drama and Theatre Studies at National University of Ireland, Galway and a member of the Royal Irish Academy. He was the 2019 Burns Visiting Fellow at Boston College. 

He has edited or written many books on Irish drama and theatre, including Theatre and Globalization (winner of the 2008 Theatre Book Prize), The Theatre and Films of Martin McDonagh (Methuen Drama, 2012), Theatre and Social Media (2015) and Irish Drama and Theatre Since 1950 (Bloomsbury, 2019). 

He is on the board of directors of the Galway International Arts Festival and the Galway Music Residency, and is an Editorial Associate of Contemporary Theatre Review and a member of the editorial boards of Irish University Review and The Canadian Journal of Irish Studies. He has lectured widely on Irish drama internationally, including recently in Princeton, Florence, Florianapolis (Brazil), Wroclaw, and Tokyo. 

Current research projects include work on climate change and theatre.

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