Milwaukee Irish Arts (Cumann Ealaín Éireannach Milwaukee)s a group dedicated to the initiation, presentation and promotion of Irish and Irish American arts in the Midwest with emphasis on theatre, film and the visual arts.  We have offered an ongoing program of cultural events since 1983 when we first introduced theatre performance as part of Milwaukee Irish Fest.

Over the past 17 years Milwaukee Irish Arts has brought to the local stage over one hundred works from the canon of Irish and Irish American drama.  Our production of The Wake at Milwaukee’s Performing Arts Center brought Steve Allen to town for what he termed a “masterful creation” of his play.  We imported the Abbey Theatre’s Ray Yeates to direct Philadelphia, Here I Come, which provided an early opportunity for young actor Barry McEvoy, who has gone on to star on Broadway with Jason Robards and Blyth Danner. We brought the National Youth Orchestra of Ireland to the Pabst Theatre for a spectacular concert that the local press called “the cultural bargain of the year.”  Our presentation of Belfast actress Maggie Cronin’s A Most Notorious Woman played to full houses and rave reviews.

Milwaukee Irish Arts produces the Theatre Tent at Irish Fest in Milwaukee, one of the largest Irish festivals in the United States if not the world. In addition to arranging performances from around the country as well as from Ireland, it mounts its own productions for this event. In the last few years, the group has presented “Bedtime Story” by Sean O’Casey, “Lovers: Loser” by Brian Friel, “Thirst” by Flan O’Brian.

Milwaukee Irish Arts is one of the founders of the Acting Irish International Theatre Festival.

We thank you, the Milwaukee Irish Community and Milwaukee Irish Arts patrons, for helping us to continue to act as a springboard for new writers and performers.

Go néirí an t-ádh linn!

John Gleeson
Artistic Director

Past Productions

2017

Little Gem

Elaine Murphy

2016

The Plough and The Stars**

Sean O’Casey

2015

Moment**

Deirdre Kinahan

2014

Halcyon Days**

Deirdre Kinahan

2013

Eclipsed**

Patricia Burke Brogan

2012

White Woman Street**

Sebastian Barry

2011

Lover: Losers

Thirst

Brian Friel

Flann O’Brien

2010

Bedtime Story

Oscar Wilde

Sean O’Casey

Michael Kane

2009

In High Germany

Dermot Bolger

2008

*The Blowin of Baile Gall**

Ronan Noone

2007

*From These Green Heights**

Dermot Bolger

2006

*An Irish Play**

Dan O’Brien

2005

*O Parnassus**

Hugh Carr

2003

*The Weir**

Lady Gregory Presents

The Spraying of John O’Dorey

Backwater

Michelin and The Workhouse Ward Mistaken Identity: Two Scenes

The Rising of the Moon

Amazon

In the Shadow of the Glen

Did Your Mother Come from Ireland

*Eclipsed

Conor McPherson

Margaret Rogers

John B Keane

John B Keane

Lady Gregory

Lady Gregory

Lady Gregory

Susan Knight

J M Synge

P Clerkin/L O’Connell

Patricia Burke Brogan

2002

Molly Sweeney**

Julia Elizabeth

Lady Gregory’s Ghost

A Galway Girl

Last Epiaph of a Wise Man

Watchdog

Brace Yourself Bridget

The Londonderry Aire

A Pound on Demand

*Da

Brian Friel

James Stephens

Margaret Rogers

Geraldine Aron

Dennis Regan

Tara Maria Lovett

Josephine Craven/Frank Gleeson

Rachel Field

Sean O’Casey

Hugh Leonard

2001

*The Cavalcaders**

George M Cohen – A Tribute

Maeve’s Party

Billy Roche

John Gleeson

Margaret Rodgers

2000

Once Upon a Bloom

*The Au Pair Man**

*The Brown Man

*Thirst

Denis Regan

Hugh Leonard

Vincent Woods

Flann O Brien

1999

Riders to the Sea

Faint Voices

Clancy Close-Up

The Nightingale Not the Lake J

The Midnight Court

In the Shadow of the Glen

The Gold Beyond the Sea

The Country Boy**

J.M. Synge

John McKenna

Liam Clancy

Jennifer Johnston

Inishfree Arts

J.M. Synge

Eamonn O’Neill

John Murphy

1998

Who Fears to Speak

A Little Cloud

The Marlboro Man

Letters of a Matchmaker

The Wife of the Red Haired Man

Cathleen ní Houlihan

The End of the Beginning

Greatest Hits**

Blood Guilty**

Ceoltori an Aonaigh

Joyce/O’Meara

Clare Dowling

J.B. Keane

Christine Lawton

W.B. Yeats

Sean O’Casey

1997

Purgatory

Ceolchoirm Oireachtais Mheiricea

Shaw 2 Beckett

It’s Like this, Mr. Rosenstock

Laohraigh Loingseach

Spreading the News

Closing time

Landing on the Moon

Deirdre

The Broken Jug**

W.B. Yeats

G.B. Shaw

Samual Beckett

Denis Regan

Tadgh O’Rudai

Lady Gregory

Peter Finlay Dunne

Joe Gahagan

W.B. Yeats

John Banville

1996

Island Wedding

Agalaimh Bheirte

Blood

Molly and James

Skalpeen Feeney

Hughie

Na Laethanta Atá Thart

Maggie Murphy’s Home Harrigan,

Moll**

Charlie Lennon

Joe Steven O’Neachtain

Larry Kirwan

Shelia Walsh

Josephine Craven

Eugene O’Neill

Ceoltoirí an Aonaigh

Harrigan, Gleeson & Williams

J.B. Keane

1995

The Tinker’s Wedding

Tactics

Sidewalks of Amerikay

Like the Sun

Trocaire

Famine

I, Do Not Like Thee Dr. Fell**

Synge

Moylan

Gleeson

Warkentin

Snopek

Murphy

Farrell

1994

Jerry Finnegan’s Sister

In the Deep Heart’s Core

Myles of Laughter

O’Flaherty, V.C.

Words and Music

Landscape with Rose

The Death of Cuchulainn

Scoiriocht

The Poker Session**

Jack Neary

W.B. Yeats

Flann O’Brien

George Bernard Shaw

Samuel Beckett

Denis Regan

W.B. Yeats

Irish Folk Cabaret

Hugh Leonard

1993

Philadelphia, Here I Come!

In High Germany

Siamsa Connemara

The Cat and the Moon

Riders to the Sea

Teresa’s Creed

The Quest

One Hell of a Do

Brian Friel

Dermot Bolger

Clann Mealoid

W.B. Yeats

J.M. Synge

Michael Cook

Iomha Ildanach Production

Kenny/Short

1992

The Wake

The Tenor and the Troubadour

Beckett on a Bench

Bon Voyage Brendan

It’s My Shout

A Pound on Demand

Steve Allen

Gleeson

Beckett/O’Meara

Mulhern

Kenny/Short

O’Casey

1991

Fare thee Well

Sirens Fugue

The Bawd and the Beautiful

Joyicity

Skin of a Crocodile

Gleeson

Snopek/Rogers

O’Neill

Joyce/O’Connor

Keane/O’Meara

1990

A Pint of Playin

A Common Home

The Road to Garnabaher

Being Behan

Beckett, Joyce et Beckettesque

*Da

Gleeson

Handleman

McCarthy

Lynskey

Denis Regan

Hugh Leonard

1989

Frankly Speaking

Behan at Large

Lovers

Importance of Being Oscar

Borderlands

Mongan’s Frenzy

Many Young Men of Twenty

O’Connor/O’Neill

Lynskey

Friel

McLiammoir/O’Meara

McGuiness

Gleeson

J.B. Keane

1988

A Dublin Saunter

On the Outside

Mr. Joyces’s Dublin Encounters

Thirst

A Full Moon in March

Juno and the Paycock

Gleeson

Murphy

Regan

O’Brien

Yeats

O’Casey

1987

They Feed Christians to Lions  Around Here, Don’t They?

The Wearing of the Green

Spreading the News

A Noble Call

Sive

Harvey

Griffin

Lady Gregory

Regan/Gleeson

J.B. Keane

1986

Chance and Circumstance

The Excursion

Stout Shapes

Anniversary Day in the Committee Room

Regan/Gleeson

Rogers

Gleeson

Regan/O’Meara

1985

The Shadow of a Gunman

In the Shadow of the Glen

Twenty-Five – A Losing Hand

O’Casey

J.M. Synge

Lady Gregory

1984

Bedtime Story

On the Outside

Sean O’Casey

Tom Murphy

1983

The Death of Cuchulainn

W.B Yeats

** Performed by Milwaukee Irish Arts at the Acting Irish International Theatre Festival
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