The stage is set for one of the most exciting collaborations in the history of Irish theatre between Cork Opera House and University College Cork.

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February 27, 2018

The stage is set for one of the most exciting collaborations in the history of Irish theatre between Cork Opera House and University College Cork.


An eight-year partnership will see these two organisations work together to educate and inspire the next generation of arts managers, creative practitioners and professionals which will have a significant impact on the arts industry. The collaboration will establish Cork Opera House as a Learning Theatre and will enrich the student experience in UCC.

 The partnership will include internships for UCC students in Cork Opera House and the development of an MA in Arts and Cultural Management, a theatre artist in residence and a jointly-funded PhD programme.
The partnership will enable UCC to host large-scale international conferences using the Opera House facilities which will enhance UCC’s academic reputation and give an economic boost to the city.

Speaking of the new initiative, Eibhlín Gleeson, Chief Executive of Cork Opera House, said:
 “Our aim is to develop arts industry leaders for the future. Our two institutions are investing in the future of arts in the region. We are developing and mentoring the people who will become the producers, arts managers, technicians and heads of arts institutions in Cork and beyond. This partnership will give students access to a rounded learning experience including unique insight into the workings of Cork Opera House.  We want to create a city where the arts can thrive.”
Jools Gilson, Professor of Creative Practice and Head of the School of Music and Theatre at UCC, said:
“This collaboration brings two worlds together. For us, it’s the missing piece of the puzzle – we have scholarship, lively debate, exploration, and a great deal of practice-based learning in the performing arts, but we can’t replicate what it means to run a successful venue..”

While UCC President Patrick O’Shea said of the partnership: “As key institutions in Munster, Cork Opera House and University College Cork are responsible for helping shape the arts and cultural sector in our region and beyond.  It will enable young artists and practitioners to enter the workforce with confidence, resilience and a deep understanding of the industry and its opportunities.

For more information please visit https://www.corkoperahouse.ie/new-partnership-ucc-cork-opera-house/