Director of The Lir
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).