The Irish Society for Theatre Research (ISTR) aims to facilitate research on theatre Ireland.

While ISTR maintains a special interest in Irish Studies, its remit has expanded to facilitate the transnational exchange of research by including perspectives on theatre and performance from diverse regions internationally. The field of theatre and performance is being transformed by new approaches to historiography and by the remarkable diversity of contemporary practice. Embracing this multiplicity, ISTR facilitates research that engages with the full spectrum of theatre and performance practices within and between different local, national and international contexts.

Our ethos is to provide a research network that encourages generosity, care, empathy, and inclusivity. We resist hierarchies and advocate for active citizenship, respect and acceptance, equality and social justice. Our chief aim is to nurture the development of theatre and performance research in, about and connected to Ireland in its broadest sense (including practice as research).