The Irish Student Drama Awards, or ISDA, supports the creativity of emerging theatre artists on a national collegiate level. The festival is held every spring, with colleges across Ireland bringing plays from their theatres to a wider stage. It is overseen by a rolling committee, consisting of representatives from each member college. Each year, a different college in the cannon is called upon to host the festival, which has created a solid network of drama societies in Ireland.


ISDA Festival 2021 will be hosted by Trinity College Dublin’s Players society and will be held entirely online, to ensure the safety of its participants and spectators regardless of government restrictions.

Along with the shows and the awards, the festival will include online events, panels and talks, and a new online space to display creative work from students across Ireland, whether they belong to the core six colleges or not.

The DU Players ISDA committee is comprised of individuals dedicated to fostering creativity throughout the country by giving college students a platform to premiere their work. This year, they hope to showcase how theatre can innovate and remain engaging in the face of the current pandemic.



Festival Director: Sophie Coote

Festival Secretary: Aoife Daly

Festival Treasurer: Abby Fry 

DU Players Festival Coordinator: Em Ormonde

Festival Technical Officers: Owen Clarke, Daire Ó Muiri

Festival Publicity Officer: Imo Redpath

Festival Productions Officer: Julia Appleby

Festival Volunteer Coordinators: Connor Carp, Lucy Bracken

Festival Social Media Reps: Abi Mulcahy O'Connell, Molly Longstaff

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