Loughlin Deegan

Director of The Lir

This interview features Loughlin Deegan, Director of the Lir, National Academy of Dramatic Art at Trinity College.
Loughlin’s experience in the world of theatre-making has been changing over the years, but the Black Lives Matter movement in 2020 represented a significant sign of change that the Lir intended to fully embrace.
In this conversation, Loughlin Deegan describes some of the learnings from the experience with students and staff at the Lir and shares his hopes for the future of theatre.
This interview was produced in partnership with the Mother Tongues Festival.
Loughlin Deegan.. Contatto. Photographed by Elena Cristofanon

Loughlin Deegan

Loughlin Deegan is Director of The Lir, Ireland’s National Academy of Dramatic Art at Trinity College. He was appointed to The Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaíon in 2016

From 2007 – 2011 Loughlin was Artistic Director of Dublin Theatre Festival, one of the oldest dedicated theatre festivals in Europe. Loughlin was Executive Producer of Rough Magic Theatre Company from 2003-2006. He was previously Literary Manager with Rough Magic when his responsibilities included developing the work of commissioned writers and co-ordinating the SEEDS project, a structured new-writing initiative for emerging playwrights and theatre artists.

For the Irish Theatre Institute (formerly Theatre Shop), Loughlin edited the first two editions of the Irish theatre Handbook, a comprehensive guide to drama and dance in Ireland, North and South and compiled and edited the launch phase of the Irish Playography Database (www.irishplayography.com), a comprehensive, on-line searchable database of all new Irish plays produced professionally between 1975 and the present.

Playwriting credits include The Stomping Ground (1997) and The Queen and Peacock (2000).