The Irish Heritage Theatre is a 501c3 non profit organization dedicated to presenting and preserving the rich legacy of Irish theatre that has been created both in Ireland and during the long history of the Irish in American theatre. The IHT will expand the opportunities of the Philadelphia public to enjoy and benefit from the abundance of laughter, the emotional richness, the inventive language and depth of perception about humankind’s predicaments that the fullness of Irish Theatre presents.


Kirsten Quinn (President) is a local professional actress and college educator who holds an M.F.A. in Acting from the University of Pittsburgh. She has appeared on many area stages including, but not limited to: The Wilma, InterAct Theatre, The Lantern Theatre, Walnut Street Studios for various companies, The Idiopathic Ridiculopathy Consortium, Luna Theatre, ISIS Productions, Montgomery Theatre, New City Stage, Theatre Catalyst’s Eternal Spiral Project, Center City Theatre Works, B. Someday, Naked Feet Productions and of course, the Irish Heritage Theatre, for which she performed the role of Kate Doogan in their inaugural production of Philadelphia, Here I Come! and the title roles in Juno and the Paycock and Molly Sweeney. An Associate Professor of English and Theatre at Community College of Philadelphia, Kirsten is dedicated to involving students in the Irish Heritage Theatre as well. She serves in many capacities for the IHT, including: assistant to the producers, company member, board secretary and PR director.

John Cannon (Vice President and Treasurer) appeared as S.B. O’Donnell in IHT’s production of Philadelphia, Here I Come. Other “Irish” roles have been in Playboy of the Western World, Shadow of a Gunman, Juno and the Paycock, The Plough and the Stars, Making History and The Whiteheaded Boy. Other appearances have been with The Philadelphia Drama Guild, Plays and Players, Novel Stages, Venture Theatre, Society Hill Playhouse, Philadelphia Theatre Company, Old Academy Players, and Playhouse in the Park. He is Treasurer of IHT and, in “real life,” is a Professor at Villanova University.

Peggy Mecham (Artistic Director) directed Making History, Molly Sweeney, the three plays in Sean O’Casey’s Dublin Trilogy and A Night with Lady G for the IHT. She teaches in the Theater Program at Community College of Philadelphia. She has directed over 30 productions at the College over the last 25 years. Peggy is the Artistic Director of Once More Theater.

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