NUI Galway and Druid announce new formal partnership

Ten-year strategic partnership to focus on expanding academic links, student engagement, local and global events and the creative sector in the West.

Monday 31 January 2022

NUI Galway and Druid have agreed a 10-year strategic partnership building on the existing relationship between the University and the theatre company.

NUI Galway will be Druid’s exclusive academic partner, with the company offering internship opportunities and working to strengthen and enhance the success of NUI Galway’s Creative Arts programmes.

Professor Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh, President of NUI Galway, said: 'Great things start at NUI Galway, and Druid is one of those. We have a great tradition here of the creative arts and this partnership with Druid renews this relationship and is very much embedded in our values. When you ask why a student from Boston, Berlin or Beijing would choose to study in Galway, one aspect is the unique opportunity they have to learn with our world class creative organisations, including Druid.'

Druid is also committed to expanding its impact on the NUI Galway campus with bespoke on-site performances and conversations, the first of these being DruidGregory, outdoors in the University’s Quadrangle in September 2020.

Garry Hynes, Co-Founder and Artistic Director of Druid, said: 'For the past 10 years, the Druid Academy at NUI Galway has been a tremendous source of pride and inspiration for us as a company, working with students as they embark on their careers in theatre. We are delighted to announce the next stage of this academic partnership, deepening the relationship between ourselves, the students and the wider academic community in NUI Galway, the place where Druid was founded in 1975.'

Druid and NUI Galway will work together to devise strategies to further develop Galway’s international reputation and engage with and integrate diverse and new communities and cultures in the region.

There will also be a focus on the NUI Galway alumni, partly through Druid’s international productions, as well bringing renewed visual presence for the creative arts company on campus, engaging and inspiring students and staff.

Druid will also help to create greater awareness of the NUI Galway undergraduate and postgraduate courses within the arts community, at home and abroad, through mutual enhancement of the Druid Academy, Druid Artist-in-Residence and the Druid Archive, which is held by the University.

Professor Patrick Lonergan, Professor of Drama and Theatre Studies at NUI Galway, added: 'Druid is not only an inspirational theatre company, it is also one of Galway's most successful and resilient businesses. Our students will learn from their example as they build their own creative arts enterprises, working in the west of Ireland, nationally, and internationally - just as Druid do. We've already achieved so much from working together: the next decade of cooperation promises to be hugely exciting.'