THE LIR, IRELAND’S NATIONAL ACADEMY OF DRAMATIC ART WAS ESTABLISHED AS A RESULT OF A RECOGNISED NEED FOR AN ACADEMY OF EXCELLENCE WITHIN THE ISLAND OF IRELAND.
Training in acting, stage management, technical theatre, playwriting, theatre, stage design, lighting design, costume design and theatre directing is offered on a full-time basis at undergraduate or postgraduate level. Short courses in Stanislavski’s System, Performing Shakespeare, Acting and Irish Theatre, Sensing Laban and Musical Theatre are offered to established actors or actors in training. Whilst courses including Introduction to Acting, Young Actors’ Programme, I A Clown, The Clear and Confident Voice and Puppet Making are offered to anyone who has an interest in these areas and wants to further develop their skills.
The Lir’s close associations with the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) in London and Trinity College Dublin ensure that the contents of all courses are set to the highest international standards, so whether you are setting out to undertake a postgraduate Master Degree in Playwriting or a beginners Introduction to Acting course, you will be trained by industry professionals in a trusting, dynamic and fun environment.
The tutors at The Lir have extensive experience in professional theatre and continue to work in and maintain close contacts with the national and international theatre industry. The depth and breadth of the training are supplemented by guest lectures and workshops from leading international figures of stage and screen.
The training offered by The Lir takes place in an exciting building designed specifically for the range of courses featuring two flexible black box studios, as well as 3 rehearsal rooms, a dance/movement studio, a woodwork and metalwork workshop, a scenic art studio, a design studio and a range of flexible teaching spaces to suit the training of The Lir’s actors, stage managers, playwrights, stage designers, theatre directors and all participants.
THE LIR WAS CONCEIVED AS A CULTURAL HUB OF ITS OWN WITH A DIVERSE RANGE OF STUDENTS ON A VARIETY OF COURSES LINKED TO THE DISTINCT PROFESSIONAL DISCIPLINES
At night, The Lir opens its doors to the public and offers a developing programme of performances, films, play readings, talks and lectures. The next generation of theatre, film, radio and television drama makers are being nurtured at The Lir and it is vitally important for the students to interact between their respective disciplines but also with established professions and the wider public. The Lir building offers the possibility of such interaction to take place in a convivial atmosphere.
The Lir facilities include:
STUDIO ONE, 17m x 10m
A fully flexible black box studio seating approximately 150. This fully equipped space can be configured to suit the needs of the performance. Stage Management and Technical Theatre students can be available to assist with stage design, production and management depending on their availability
STUDIO TWO, 8m x 12m
This black box studio with seating for approximately 70, can also be divided into two teaching rooms. Studio two is ideal for small-scale productions or intimate creative performances.
THE LIR CAFE/WINE BAR
This fully functional wine bar and cafe are located in the main foyer of The Lir. With seating for approximately 60 and standing room for 140, this area acts as a feeder area for both studios.
DANCE STUDIO, 8m x 9m
With a mirrored wall and sports floor, this space is ideal for dance and movement rehearsals.
REHEARSAL STUDIO, 8m x 7m
This rehearsal space can also be divided into two teaching rooms.
REHEARSAL ROOM 2, 13m x 8.5m
REHEARSAL ROOM 3, 9m x 835m
- Two dressing rooms
- Shower facilities
- Four practice rooms
- A fully equipped wood and metal workshop for the construction of all sets and properties
- A wardrobe workshop
STUDIOS AND REHEARSAL ROOMS ARE AVAILABLE FOR RENT AND ARE IDEAL FOR REHEARSALS OF THEATRE FESTIVAL AND FRINGE FESTIVAL PRODUCTIONS
The Lir was developed by the partnership of the Cathal Ryan Trust and Trinity College Dublin and opened its doors to the first students in September 2011. It is formally associated with the world-renowned Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.
This school offers programs in: