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#IFTNTraining: The Gaiety School of Acting
17 Jan 2017 : Siobhan Maher
IFTN takes a look at the options available to students interested in acting courses at The Gaiety School of Acting

IFTN takes a look at the options available to students interested in acting courses at The Gaiety School of Acting

The Gaiety School of Acting offers students the chance to study professional acting over 2 years and as well as a Masters in Theatre Practice

What does the Two Year Full Time Professional Actor Training course involve?

Training at The Gaiety School of Acting will take in a number of core courses in addition to special projects, as detailed opposite. Many of these modules will culminate in the performance of public showcases and a graduation play over the course of the two years. First year consists of ‘learning the language’ of acting: inner and outer awareness, performance principles and a full-bodied preparation for physical, intellectual and emotional growth. Second year focuses on ‘speaking and practicing the language’: strengthening and tuning the actor’s instrument while maintaining a strong emphasis on performance, and beginning to present the work to directors, casting directors and agents.

How does the Master in Theatre Practice prepare students for working in the industry?

The M.A. in Theatre Practice is offered by UCD in partnership with the Gaiety School of Acting.

The course aims to create future leaders in the theatre industry who have an all-round skills base in theatre practice.

  • Hybrid approach to teaching and learning through academic modules at UCD and practice-based modules in the Gaiety School of Acting
  • Equips students to develop original conceptual ideas in theatre practice
  • Clear career pathways through access to national and international theatre networks, and theatre producers and presenters

On graduation, students will have learned skills to create and produce original works of theatre; to think conceptually about theatre practices and research in drama and performance; and be equipped to work knowledgeably in multidisciplinary contexts in practice-based creative processes

Why go to The Gaiety School of Acting?

The Gaiety School of Acting is widely regarded as Ireland’s premier training facility for actors. The Gaiety School of Acting is a self funded not-for-profit organisation that trains actors for the theatre, film and television industries. Past students work in all areas of the profession, and have been seen recently in The Clinic, Fair City, Bachelors Walk, Casualty, The Bill, Tudors, Love/Hate and many other major TV drama series. Graduates have worked on stage in all of Ireland’s major theatres including the Abbey Theatre, the Gate Theatre, and with the Druid Theatre Company, Rough Magic and Fishamble amongst other major theatre companies and festivals. Graduates regularly partake in the Dublin Theatre Festival and the Fringe Festival in Autumn each year. Ex-students of the Gaiety School of Acting appear in Regional Repertory Theatres, Theatre in Education Companies and major films. Successful actors who have studied Full Time Training at the school include:

  • Don Wycherley – Graduated 1992: Bachelors Walk, Fr. Ted, Ballykissangel
  • Aishling O’Sullivan – Graduated 1992: The Clinic, The Butcher Boy, The Baby War, RAW
  • Stuart Townsend – Graduated 1993: About Adam, Trapped, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
  • Eva Birthistle – Graduated 1995: Holby City, Silent Witness, Poirot, The State Within, Breakfast on Pluto
  • Rory Nolan – Graduated 2003: Improbable Frequency, Heavenly Bodies, Dr. Ledbetter’s Experiment, The Taming Of The Shrew, The Last Days of the Celtic Tiger, Ross O’Carroll Kelly.
  • Aidan Turner – Graduated 2004: The Plough and the Stars, Cry From Heaven, Yokohama Delegation, Titus Andronicus, The Clinic, Being Human, The Hobbit
  • Paul Reid – Graduated 2004: Monged, Love is the Drug, Boy Eats Girl, RAW
  • Sarah Greene – Graduated 2006: The Guard, Christina Noble
  • Charlie Murphy – Graduated 2008: Misfits, Love/Hate, The Village

Many other Internationally renowned actors have studied with us. These include household names such as Colin Farrell, Olivia Wilde and Colin O’Donoghue amongst them.

For more information on The Gaiety School of Acting, click here.

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