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.
Embodying Resistance: Gendering Public Space in Ragtime Social Dance
in New Theatre Quarterly
pp. 243-259Full Text UEA Repository
Performing Cultural Trauma: The 1980 'A Sense of Ireland Festival'
In: Staging Thoughts: Essays on Irish Theatr, Practice and Scholarship.
Peter LangUEA Repository
Brother Abraham! Performing the Body Politic in Bill T.Jones Lincoln Project
in Theatre Research InternationalUEA Repository
Savage Beauty: Subverting Irishness in Fabulous Beast's Midlands Trilogy
In: The Rest is History: Ireland, Performance and the Historical Imagination.
Peter LangUEA Repository
Culture War: Commemoration, Controversy and the Contemporary Abbey Theatre
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 978-0-8156-3250-4UEA Repository
Parading Memory: The Production of Commemoration in Contemporary Ireland
In: Performance of Violence.
ISBN 9781904505440UEA Repository
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.
ISBN 9780230219984UEA Repository
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.
“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