Milwaukee Irish Arts

Milwaukee Irish Arts (Cumann Ealain Eireannach Milwaukee) is a group of volunteers 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.  They have offered an ongoing program of cultural events since 1983 when they first introduced theatre performance as part of Milwaukee Irish Fest.  Milwaukee Irish Arts produces the Theatre Tent at Milwaukee Irish Fest with presentations of their own plays and those of other groups from the area and as far away as Ireland.  They are co-founders of the Acting Irish International Theatre Festival, an annual festival of full-length Irish plays performed by Irish Community Theatre companies from the U.S., Canada and Ireland.


Bangor Drama Club

Bangor Drama Club is based in County Down, Northern Ireland.  It is an amateur drama group run entirely by volunteers.  Established in 1935 by a small group of theatre enthusiasts, Bangor Drama Cub went on to produce its first full-length production in 1938.  Since then, the club has staged 2-3 productions a year and regularly competes in both full length and one-act play festivals.  The club has won many accolades over the years including winning the Ulster Full-Length Drama Finals 7 times.  In 2015 they bought a former council building in Bangor town centre and after an intense period of fundraising and renovation opened their own 100 seat theatre, Studio 1A, April 2017.  With their own theatre, around 80 members and 100 “Friends of Bangor Drama Club”, they are one of the most successful drama groups in Ireland.  Bangor Drama Club is delighted to be returning to Irish Fest for a fifth time with two award winning productions.  A Galway Girl by Geraldine Aron triumphed at the Northern Ireland Finals in January 2017 winning Best Actress (Clare Greer), Best Director and Best Production.  Their win allowed them to represent Northern Ireland at the British One Act Finals in July.  Lovers:Winners by Brian Friel has had successful run on the full-length drama festival circuit in Northern Ireland this year along with its partner piece Lovers:Losers.   Cathy Ievers won the Colin Blakely Award for Most Promising Young Performer at the Ulster Drama Festival Finals.


McHale Productions

McHale Productions of Chicago, IL producer of the runaway hit comedy show “Sister B’s Bingo Bonanza” has been entertaining audiences since 2002.  Sister B along with Father Martini and Sister Cherisse have traveled extensively in the Midwest and have also performed in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, New York and other exotic locales.  Sister B is an Irish Fest favorite who packs the theatre for every performance.  She is available for performances.  Pick up her flyer at the door with information.


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