Dublin is a world center for innovative stage productions. A few centers of the art include:
Project Arts Centre (39 East Essex St, Temple Bar), at the heart of Dublin artistic life, and the forefront of cutting edge Irish art. An extensive program of visual arts, dance, music and theater challenges audiences and artists alike in a year-round series of adventure and creative enquiry. In two performance spaces and a gallery their free exhibitions feature Irish and International works using a variety of media, in solo and group shows. Open daily, video clips online.
The annual Dublin Gay Theatre Festival celebrates gay people's contribution to the theater, past and present; founded in 2004 to mark the 150th anniversary of Oscar Wilde's birth, in his native city. They showcase Irish and international gay artists, and works with gay themes or relevance.
The Abbey Theatre, the national theater of Ireland, founded in 1903 by W. B. Yeats, creates world-class productions to engage with and reflect Irish society and promote new Irish writer and artists. At the same time they sustain and re-imagine the full repertoire of Irish plays.
Other theaters include: the Draiocht (Blanchardstown Centre); the Olympia (Dame St, opposite Dublin Castle); the Gate (Cavendish Row, Parnell Sq); and the New Theatre (43 E Essex St, Temple Bar).
The annual 16-day Dublin Fringe Festival of theater, comedy, music, dance and spectacle takes place at more than a dozen additional theater and performance venues around the city - and in it's streets.