Holly Maples is a professional actress and director and has performed in theatre and film in Ireland, the UK and the United States. She received her actor training at Central School of Speech and Drama and, while working in New York City, trained with Anne Bogart and SITI Company’s Saratoga International Theatre Institute. Her performance practice includes contemporary American avant-garde and classical performance styles. While working on her Ph.D. in Theatre Studies at Trinity College Dublin, she taught Classical and Contemporary Performance and Dramaturgy. She most recently worked as a performance/design facilitator for the St. Patrick’s Festival and the Festival of World Cultures in Dublin. Her most recent directing projects include work with the Dublin Young Fringe and Trinity’s Samuel Beckett Centre. She has also worked on Drama and Community Development Projects with both Asylum Seekers and At Risk Youth around the world. She has her M.A. in Theatre Studies from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and her B.A. in English Literature from Boston University.    

All Publications

Maples, H.


Embodying Resistance: Gendering Public Space in Ragtime Social Dance

in New Theatre Quarterly


pp. 243-259

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Maples, H.


Culture War: Commemoration, Controversy and the Contemporary Abbey Theatre


Maples, H.


The Past is Myself: The Politics of Commemoration and the Irish National Theatre Society

In: Memory Ireland, Vol 1: History and Modernity.

Syracuse University Press

ISBN 978-0-8156-3250-4

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Maples, H.


Parading Memory: The Production of Commemoration in Contemporary Ireland

In: Performance of Violence.

Carysfort Press

ISBN 9781904505440

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Maples, H.


Parading Multicultural Ireland: Identity Politics and National Agendas in the 2007 St Patrick's Festival

In: Performing at the Crossroads: Critical Essays on Performance Studies and Irish Culture.

Palgrave MacMillan

pp. 237-248

ISBN 9780230219984

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Key Research Interests

Holly Maples is currently researching a large project on commemoration, identity and the State in the United States, Ireland and the United Kingdom. Her Ph.D. research on Commemoration and the Irish National Theatre at Trinity College Dublin is currently in negotiations for publication with Peter Lang. She is a theatre director and practitioner as well as a performance studies scholar. Her current research interests include issues of identity and the nation in civic performance practice, and embodiment and the public sphere in early twentieth century social dance. She also is working to combine practice and scholarship through her work as a member of the Performance Based Research working group for the International Federation of Theatre Studies. She is interested in supervising research in the area of Performance and Culture Studies, Popular Entertainment, Reception Theory, Performing Irishness and the performance of national identities and social change.

Forthcoming publications:

“Parading Memory: The Production of Commemoration in Contemporary Ireland” in Performance of Violence, ed. Lisa Fitzpatrick (Carysfort Press)

“Abbeyonehundred: The Politics of Commmemmoration and the Irish National Theatre Society” in Memory Ireland, ed. Oona Frawley (Syracuse University Press)

“Spreading the Nation: Cultural Tourism and the Abbey Theatre in the 2000s.” in Redefinitions of Irish Identity in the Twenty-First Century: A Postnationalist Approach, eds. Irene Gilsenan Nordin & Carmen Zamorano Llena