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Dr. Melissa Sihra presented her keynote at the Irish Women Playwrights & Theatremakers Conference at Mary Immaculate College, Limerick last Saturday 10th June.

(l-r) Dr Cathy Leeney (UCD) with Dr Melissa Sihra (TCD)

Taking inspiration from “Waking the Feminists” (WTF) and earlier interventions such as “There Are No Irish Women Playwrights!”, scholars based at Limerick’s Mary Immaculate College decided to mount a conference from the 8-10 June 2017 which highlighted the vital, frequently overlooked contributions that women have made to Irish theatrical life from the eighteenth century to the present. The plenary speakers include Co. Clare playwright Ursula Rani Sarma, as well as three highly-regarded academics who have worked in this field for many years: Dr. Cathy Leeney (UCD), Dr. Melissa Sihra (TCD), and Dr. Maria Kurdi (University of Pécs).

Dr. Melissa Sihra delivered an inspiring keynote titled “Beyond Token Women: Towards a Matriarchal Lineage from Lady Gregory to Marina Carr". The conference was a tremendous success in terms of foregrounding the work of women in theatre. 

Dr Michael Finneran, Head of Drama and Theatre at Mary Immaculate College tweeted ''Beautifully crafted & insightful keynote from Dr. Melissa Sihra on Gregory & Carr''

For more photos from the conference, please inspect https://irishwomenplaywrightsandtheatremakers.wordpress.com/conference-images/