About the National Folk Theatre
Ireland’s National Folk Theatre brings to life Irish folklore through music, song and dance.
At the heart of the National Folk Theatre lies a professional core group of full-time performers, led by Artistic Director, Jonathan Kelliher and supported by selected artists drawn from the local community but trained in the unique Siamsa Tíre style and idiom.
The aim of the National Folk Theatre is to protect, explore and develop traditional artforms in music, song and dance. These aims are delivered through numerous activities: Folk Theatre stage productions from the Siamsa Tíre repertoire, the development of new work, as well as training and education.
The origins of Siamsa Tíre and the National Folk Theatre of Ireland go back to the first ‘Summer Season’ of performances in 1968 directed by founder Pat Ahern. In 1974, Teach Siamsa in Finuge was built and officially opened, the first General Manager, Martin Whelan was appointed, the first Board of Directors was formed, and the training of young people in the unique Siamsa style, began.
National Folk Theatre company:
Jonathan Kelliher (Artistic Director)
Joanne Barry (Repertory Dirctor)
Tom Hanafin (Musical Director)
Geraldine Hurley (Choral Mistress)
Anne O’Donnell (Training & Development)