Founded by Irish-born Artistic Director, Patrick O’Donnell in 2011 under the name Celtic Players, Celtic Collaborative has subsequently evolved under his leadership into a nonprofit literary arts group engaged in theater, publishing, readings, and education. The new name, Celtic Collaborative (adopted in 2013), emphasizes a fundamentally collaborative approach with artists, actors, and writers.
Primarily rooted in the living literary, historical, and imaginative heritage of Ireland and the Celtic world, its signature production style creates “living anthology” shows consisting of scenes, monologues, and vignettes largely crafted, researched, and written by its actors. Its eleventh production, Ghosts of 1916 was presented during the inaugural Saint Paul Irish Arts Week on April 24, 2016, - the 100th anniversary to the day of the reading of the Proclamation of the Irish Republic. Fifteen actors transformed into the crucial Irish and British personalities involved in the Easter Rising bringing that pivotal period alive for a contemporary Minnesota audience.
In 2015, Celtic Collaborative expanded into the field of independent publishing with the well-received anthology, The Harp and the Loon: Literary Bridges between Ireland and Minnesota, containing the work of eighteen authors based in the Midwest. Its next publication in 2016 will be Danny Who? Forty Years in Irish Music, Irish-American musician Tom Dahill’s lively and hilarious memoir. The book arose out of Celtic Collaborative’s theatre production, Tom Dahill’s Irish Memories of St. Paul in February 2015 consisting of tales and skits based on his career. In 2016, Celtic Collaborative expanded into education with Creative Writing and Literature classes on Gothic literature, Mystery writing, and poetry at the Celtic Junction. If you are interested in our work, check out our website: www.celticcollab.org or contact Patrick: [email protected]