In 2019, GTF’s Festival Dramaturg Claire Mullane worked with 3 companies programmed under the Made-in-Galway work in progress strand. This strand was developed to support the work of Galway based artists, and to give audiences a behind-the-scenes peek at a work-in-development. 

In 2020 Claire started work with 4 more companies programmed in the festival. As with all things in 2020, this work was greatly impacted by COVID, and the festival was cancelled. However, we kept working and developing our ideas, and are delighted to announce Galway Theatre Festival’s Dramaturgy Programme. 

In 2021, three fantastic dramaturgs - Claire Mullane, Sarah Hoover and Marina Ní Dhubhain will work with the artists programmed in Festival 2021. Our three fantastic dramaturgs will also receive their own training from established dramaturgs working throughout the country. 

Keep an eye out for our festival programme, launching in March for more details!

We are delighted to have received funding under the Arts Council Arts Grants for this exciting new dramaturgy project. 

Join us for the opening event of the Festival - meet our Festival Dramaturgs, and Mentor Dramaturgs to hear about their work with this year’s festival artists! 


Friday 30th April - 7pm - Online - see programme for more details. 


Gavin Kostick will be leading practical dramaturgy masterclasses during the festival - places are limited so book early!


GTF Festival Dramaturgs: 

Sarah Hoover

Sarah Hoover is a theatre-maker and researcher with specialisms in participatory theatre and audience engagement techniques drawn from game design. Hoover recently completed a PhD using artistic research methods to explore agency and affect in larp-led performance. Hoover's own recent creations, like Expectations and Two Truths, have featured in the Galway Theatre Festival as well as being performed elsewhere in Ireland and the US, and in 2018 with the Fine Gael Parliamentary Party as participants. Her dramaturgy centres the embodied performer and audience member, working primarily through techniques drawn from feminist and affective perspectives. 


Claire Mullane

Claire is a theatre director and dramaturg, primarily interested in the development of new work. Originally from Cork and now based in Galway, Claire graduated from University College Cork in 2011 with a BA in Drama & Theatre Studies and Music, and has a PGCE in Early Childhood Education from Canterbury Christ Church University. Claire is Joint Artistic Director of Nightingale Productions, developing work for both adults and young audiences. Claire recently completed a year with Druid as Druid FUEL Artist 2019/20 and is currently creating a new show for babies entitled Baby Weather, funded by the Arts Council.


Marina Ni Dhubháin

Marina Ni Dhubháin works between Galway City, where she is a theatre researcher/lecturer at NUIG,  and Dingle in West Kerry, where she develops work with community theatre group Aisteóirí Bhreanainn. An Irish Research Council scholar, her research areas relate to memoryscape, documentary and oral history performance, with a particular focus on practice- led applications. Her Irish language theatre projects have focused on play with archival sounds, devising through translation from literary scripts and traditional story-telling. Marina is a member of the recently established theatre-making collective Garraí an Giorria who are developing a range of new works for the professional theatre, in Irish.