The Lir National Academy of Dramatic Art at Trinity College Dublin.

Introduction

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 is 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 sudio 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 BUILDING

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, playreadings, 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 is 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

OTHER FACILITIES

  • 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

Our Partners

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.

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Master

MASTER IN FINE ART - PLAYWRITING

Campus Full time Part time 12 - 24 months September 2017 Ireland Dublin + 1 more

On the Master in Fine Art degree in Playwriting at The Lir Academy we offer every student the opportunity to develop and hone their unique writing skill so that each play written is the best it can be. [+]

The theatrical landscape is constantly being moulded by theatre makers who are presenting original works or reimagining classics. Critical to this process is new writings and adaptations. On the Master in Fine Art degree in Playwriting at The Lir Academy we offer every student the opportunity to develop and hone their unique writing skill so that each play written is the best it can be. Modules in contemporary theatre practice, dramaturgy and workshops in writing, are supplemented with one to one training and development, so that each individual student has quality time with playwrights, directors and designers The training culminates with the students writing a full length play whilst being mentored by the Head of Playwriting, Graham Whybrow. Graham brings a wealth of experience to this role including twelve years as Literary Manager of the Royal Court Theatre. The course is designed to complement the existing Master in Fine Theatre Directing and the Master in Fine Art Stage Design incl Lighting Design, Costume Design and Set Design. Students on all three programmes will work together in collaboration, developing a shared understanding of contemporary theatre practice and a collective appreciation of the dedication and commitment required to make innovative performances happen. On completion of this postgraduate degree, you will qualify and graduate from Trinity College Dublin, The University of Dublin Application Details THE APPLICATION PROCESS FOR ENTRY IN 2017 HAS NOW OPENED. In addition to the information required on the online form, you are also required to upload a copy of... [-]

MASTER IN FINE ART - STAGE DESIGN (LIGHTING DESIGN, SET DESIGN AND COSTUME DESIGN)

Campus Full time Part time 12 - 24 months September 2017 Ireland Dublin + 1 more

The Stage Design programme is purposely designed to allow students to either specialise on one area of stage design (set, costume OR lighting design) or to combine disciplines as desired (set AND costume design for example, or set AND lighting design). [+]

The Stage Design programme is purposely designed to allow students to either specialise on one area of stage design (set, costume OR lighting design) or to combine disciplines as desired (set AND costume design for example, or set AND lighting design). The course is designed to complement the existing Master in Fine Art (Playwriting) and the Master in Fine Art (Theatre Directing). Students on all three programmes will work together in collaboration, developing a shared understanding of contemporary theatre practice and a collective appreciation of the dedication and commitment required to make innovative performances happen. In addition to the core classes and workshops, individual and group tuition from The Lir’s Head of Design will be a key feature of the training. In addition, master classes by visiting practitioners will supplement the student experience. Professional placements are a key feature of the programme and all students will showcase their work in public productions at the culmination of the course. Students can opt to take this course either part-time (24 months) or full-time (12 months). Full-time and part-time students will take three concurrent modules in the first two terms. The final module (Production Design) will be taught in the third term and subsequent summer months (for full-time students) or in the second year of the course (for part-time students) and will culminate with a professional production staged in one of The Lir’s performance studios. Term Three will be supplemented by an ongoing series of master classes from professional directors and theatre makers.... [-]

MASTER IN FINE ART - THEATRE DIRECTING

Campus Full time Part time 12 - 24 months September 2017 Ireland Dublin + 1 more

This programme is tailored to provide talented individuals with the necessary skills to pursue a career in the professional theatre and related industries. [+]

This programme is tailored to provide talented individuals with the necessary skills to pursue a career in the professional theatre and related industries. In addition to the core classes and workshops, individual and group tuition from The Lir’s Head of Directing will be a key feature of the training. In addition, master classes by visiting practitioners will supplement the student experience. Professional placements are a key feature of the programme and all students will showcase their work in public performances at the culmination of the course. Students can opt to take this course either part-time (24 months) or full-time (12 months). Full-time and part-time students will take three concurrent modules in the first two terms. The final module (Module 5) will be taught in the third term and subsequent summer months (for full-time students) or in the second year of the course (for part-time students) and will culminate with a professional production staged in one of The Lir’s performance studios. Term Three will be supplemented by an ongoing series of master classes from professional directors and theatre makers. On completion of this postgraduate degree, you will qualify and graduate from Trinity College Dublin, The University of Dublin Application Details THE APPLICATION PROCESS FOR ENTRY IN 2017 HAS NOW OPENED. In addition to the information required on the online form, you are also required to upload a copy of each of the following: a) a letter that outlines the applicant’s theatre education and highlights the applicant’s theatre directing experience to date.... [-]