The Gate Theatre Research Network is hosted by three core institutes:

  1. Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands. The Centre for Historical, Literary and Cultural Studies (HLCS) is represented by Marguérite Corporaal as one of the network’s directors. Corporaal is Associate Professor of British Literature at Radboud University and has published on women playwrights as well as issues of (trans)national memory and identity formation in Irish literature. As such, she can significantly contribute to the research questions concerning collective and personal identity formation that will be central to the network’s expert meetings (see below). She was the principal investigator of Relocated Remembrance: The Great Famine in Irish (Diaspora) Fiction, 1847-1921 (2010-15), which was funded through an ERC Starting Grant.
  1. National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland. The Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance is represented by Patrick Lonergan. Lonergan is Full Professor of Drama and Theatre Studies at NUI Galway, and, since 2007, has published eight books on Irish theatre, including Theatre and Globalization, which won the 2008 Theatre Book Prize. His next book, Irish Theatre Since 1950, will be published by Bloomsbury in 2018. He is Academic Leader of the Abbey Theatre Digital Archive, a project to create the world’s largest digital theatre database (2012-16), and of the digitisation of the Gate Theatre Archive (2016-18). Lonergan has won many research awards in support of his work.
  1. Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic. The Department of Anglophone Literatures and Cultures is represented by Ondřej Pilný. Pilný, Associate Professor of English and Director of the Centre for Irish Studies, has published widely on Irish drama and theatre in the European context, including, most recently, a chapter on “Irish Theatre in Europe” in the Oxford Handbook of Modern Irish Theatre (2016) and a journal issue on “Irish Theatre and Central Europe” (Litteraria Pragensia 25.50, 2015). As such, he will be able to contribute expertise to the network’s focus on national identity formation and cultural exchange through drama. Pilný’s books include Irony and Identity in Modern Irish Drama (2006) and The Grotesque in Contemporary Anglophone Drama (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016).