Matthew Spangler is a playwright, director, and professor of performance studies based at San Jose State University whose adaptation of The Kite Runner received several prestigious awards. Staging Intercultural Ireland is a collection that features eight plays and six interviews with migrant and Irish-born theater artists who are producing work at the intersection of interculturalism and inward-migration in Ireland during these first decades of the early twenty-first century. The book includes contributions from playwrights, dancers, choreographers, actors, directors, educators, and other types of theatre-makers.
“Staging Intercultural Ireland: New Plays and Practitioner Perspectives is the first published collection of plays and interviews responding to the effect of increased inward-migration on Irish theatre. The 2011 census indicated that we, as a nation, are now 17 per cent non-Irish born. This represents a 240 per cent increase in foreign-born persons living in the state since 1996.” The Irish Times