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The mission of the Claddagh Theater is to produce and promote theatrical works with Irish and Irish-American connections and content. We will do this by drawing on the large number of existing plays and playwrights, modern and traditional, and encouraging the creation of new work centering on and touching the Irish and Irish-American cultures.



John Campbell Finnegan, Artistic Director

John Campbell Finnegan (Artistic Director, The Claddagh Theater) has been a professional actor, director & designer for the past 40 years. Some of his credits include: Actors Theatre of Louisville-Actor: Petrone-Suicide in B Flat, Director: Wit-Man, The Painter, Ticklish Tales (Children’s Theatre), Compatible (Heidemann Award Winner), Suicide in B Flat. Hardin County Schools PAC: Porter-MacBeth (also fight choreographer), Gandalf-The Hobbit, O’Brien-1984. Acting Against Cancer: Adult Male-Spring Awakening.  South Bend Civic Theater-Director: Art (ICT Winner Best Ensemble), Proof, Betrayal; Design: Art, Proof, Betrayal. Indiana University Southeast-Actor: Mr. Klemper-The Boys Next Door, Larry-Company, Joe-Shadow Box, Multiple roles-The Good Doctor, Giles-Mousetrap, Higgins-Come Slowly Eden; Director: Arsenic and Old Lace, Prelude to a Kiss, Amadeus, Extremities, You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, Antigone (Fight Director); Design: Makeup & Lights-Puss ‘N Boots, Sound-Amadeus, Lights-The Nerd. Bunbury Theatre Company-Actor: Hank-‘Til Beth Do Us Part, Jeffrey-The Sum of Us, Moon-The Real Inspector Hound, Joseph-Butterfinger’s Angel. . . ; Director: Romantic Fools, Butterfinger’s Angel. . . 1996 Production; Design-Dearly Departed (both set and lights), Christmas Belles-set, Butterfinger’s Angel… 1996 Production-set, Romantic Fools-lights, set and sound . WhoDunnit Murder Mysteries: Actor: Count Federov-Murder by Quarry, Dr. MacCrimmon-Murder by Post, Dr. Vanpires-Fashion Show at the Castle of Blood, Fisher-Deception Beta, and O’Malley-Murder at Lenny’s Speakeasy. Clarksville Little Theater: Actor: Baker-Into the Woods, Director: Wedding Singer, Hair, The Nerd, The Foreigner; Design: Hair-set, Into the Woods-set.  East Carolina Playhouse-Actor: Camille-Danton’s Death, Harold-Boys in the Band. Stadium and Thurber Theatres, Columbus, Ohio-Actor: Renfield-Dracula, Solyony-Three Sisters, Mazzini Dunn-Heartbreak House, Woolsey-Auntie Mame, Worcester-Henry IV, part I, Jay-All the Way Home. ACT, Greenfield, Massachusetts-Actor: James Leeds-Children of a Lesser God. The Rand Theater, Amherst, Massachusetts-Actor: Eben-Desire Under the Elms, Amos-The Runner Stumbles, Actor-Dogg’s Hamlet, Cahoot’s Macbeth, 3rd Merchant-The Comedy of Errors, Soldier-Man is Man, Man-Lover’s/Winners. Theater 14-Actor: Oberon/Theseus-A Mid-summer Night’s Dream


John has been teaching acting since 1985. He holds the Master of Fine Arts Degree from The Ohio State University and has additional study in the following areas among others: Decroux Movement with Reid Gilbert, Neutral Mask Work with Jacques LeCoq, Viewpoints Work with Jennifer Hubbard and Anne Bogart, (Actors Theatre of Louisville), Directing with Jon Jory, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Fight Choreography with Robin McFarquhar and Cass Foster, Solo Performance with Tim Miller.


• John is the President and Creative Director of WhoDunnit, Inc.

•John is currently the TD/Designer at Louisville Collegiate School

• John is a faculty member with Purdue University Polytechnic, New

Albany in the department of Computer Graphics Technology

•John is the former Associate Director of the Apprentice/Intern Company

Actor’s Theatre of Louisville.

•John is the former President of the Board at The Bunbury Theater,

Louisville, Kentucky.

•John is a former member of the acting faculty at Indiana University

Southeast in New Albany, Indiana.

Murder By Midnight


Murder By Midnight  based on the play script by Jeff Goode.


The Further Adventures of DICK PISTON, HOTEL DETECTIVE (but not much further).


Dick Piston -- John Campbell Finnegan

Lady Luck -- Heather Hensley

Bellhop -- Zach Ritter


Directed by Bradley Carpenter

Cinematography by Nick Kohler

Set Design by Debra Beatty

Produced by John Campbell Finnegan

Thanks to Purdue Polytechnic New Albany for the use of their location for filming.

John Campbell Finnegan talks about directing and the production of Frankenstein that he directed

Watermarked, Staged Reading, MeX Theater, Louisville, 9/19 FRANK WHITAKER as De Blanke Hans (the North Sea) ELSA HARGIS as Sibbrich. Directed by John Campbell Finnegan. Video courtesy of Karen Marguerite Moloney.

The Dark I Know Well" - Kids Acting Against Cancer's Spring Awakening, John Campbell Finnegan as The Adult Male

Watermarked, Workshop Reading, Weber State University, Ogden, Utah,  10/15 Excerpts from the workshop. Directed by John Campbell Finnegan. Video courtesy of Karen Marguerite Moloney.

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