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Gaiety School of Acting, The National Theatre School of Ireland

Essex Street West,, Temple Bar, Dublin, Republic of Ireland

Gaiety School of Acting trains actors for theatre, film and television with courses in acting.

Gaiety School of Acting offers a two-year intensive acting course, an MA in Theatre Practice with UCD and an extensive selection of part-time and tailored courses for adults, teenagers, children and overseas students. The school of acting has been providing professional actor training for almost 30 years. Graduates of Gaiety School of Acting include Colin Farrell, Olivia Wilde, Colin O Donoghue, Aidan Turner (Best Male Newcomer, Jameson Empire Awards 2014), Eva Birthistle (Best Actress Lead Television Award, IFTA 2014) Charlie Murphy (Best Actress, The Irish Times Awards 2013) and Sarah Greene (Tony Award Nominee 2014) as alumni of distinction.

The school has developed and expanded to over 2000 students, all involved in a wide range of acting courses from our intensive two year full time actor training programme to a range of acting courses available to students from overseas. These acting courses include The Original Theatre Project, our one-month Irish Theatre Summer School and our three-week January or May Irish Theatre programmes.

The Gaiety School of Acting is based in the centre of Dublin city’s cultural quarter, Temple Bar. Our range of part time courses take place at many other centres around the country.

The Gaiety School of Acting is proud to be The National Theatre School of Ireland.

For more information about acting courses from The Gaiety School of Acting, view our courses below in Nightcourses.com’s Course Finder

Acting for Camera

Working with experienced and knowledgeable tutors you will learn the craft of acting for camera, concentrating on putting together the basic techniques required to deliver effective performances on screen. From our introductory course in Acting for Camera 1, you will build and advance your skills in Acting for Camera 2, before finally acquiring industry knowledge…

Advanced Page to Stage

Participants come to the Advanced Page To Stage course at the Gaiety School of Acting with training in the basics of drama, text analysis and text performance. This course is designed to challenge the participants further by allocating more challenging text and has a more professional rehearsal room approach in the directing of these texts…

Advanced Performance Year (One Year Part-Time)

The One Year Part-Time programme is the most challenging part-time training opportunity at the Gaiety School of Acting. These courses are for the adult student who is committed to the pursuit of excellence in the field of acting. The Advanced Performance Year course is aimed at acting students who are committed to further enhancing their skills…

Introduction to Drama

If you are interested in beginning your career in acting or searching for a fun new pastime, our Introduction to Drama course offers a warm and supportive environment to develop your performance skills. This course is also a perfect fit for those wishing to improve their confidence and presentation skills. The course will culminate in…

Long Form Improvisation

Long Form Improvisation or long form improv as its also known has spawned an entire generation of the world’s biggest and brightest entertainers; Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Bill Murray and Mike Myers to name a few. In this course at the Gaiety School of Acting, you will be guided through all that makes this form…

Musical Theatre for Beginners

The Gaiety School of Acting’s ten-week Introduction to Musical Theatre course promises to be fun, upbeat and the ideal extracurricular for Musical Theatre fans in general. Designed for beginners or those with basic musical theatre experience, the course is led by one of GSA’s skilled Musical Theatre coaches. During the course, your tutor will impart…

Musical Theatre for Improvers

Designed for those who have completed our Musical Theatre for Beginners course, and/or an equivalent, this ten-week Musical Theatre for Improvers course promises to be fun, upbeat and the ideal extracurricular for Musical Theatre fans. The course is led by one of GSA’s skilled Musical Theatre coaches who will impart you with tuition in singing,…

Page to Stage (Study script writing)

Study script writing, text analysis and character development – all vital elements for effective performance. Page to Stage focuses on the devising process and developing scene work for performance to a high level. This course expands on the skills developed in the Gaiety School of Acting’s Acting for Beginners course –  or who have had similar drama…

Performance Theatre Company (One Year Part-Time)

The One Year Part-Time programme is the most challenging part-time training opportunity at the Gaiety School of Acting. These courses are for the adult student who is committed to the pursuit of excellence in the field of acting. Performance Theatre Company provides a practical educational experience in the production of theatre in an ensemble company format.…

Performance Year (One Year Part-Time)

The One Year Part-Time programme is the most challenging part-time training opportunity at the Gaiety School of Acting. These courses are for the adult student who is committed to the pursuit of excellence in the field of acting. Performance Year at the Gaiety School of Acting will give you the opportunity to begin to train seriously…

Stage Combat

This safe quality training of actors in Stage Combat Course will guide participants through the challenging craft of the stage combat moves, covering important safety skills for use in stage and screen. This practical ten-week course at the Gaiety School of Acting, with students first observing and then participating in the techniques and exercises guided…

Stand-Up Comedy

Work with professional comedians to develop your own authentic and unique stand-up routine and channel your inner funny! Over this 10-week evening course, tutors help you hone your own style and hilarious content with their constructive, honest feedback. The supportive class environment helps students build confidence – before performing your set for a live audience…

The Confidence Edge 1

Performance skills aren’t only useful for the stage; they are often utilised in business and everyday interactions to great effect. Your first impression is key: make sure it’s a powerful one! In Confidence Edge 1 Course at the Gaiety School of Acting you will work with experienced tutors in unlocking your self-esteem and developing an inner…

The Confidence Edge 2

Public speaking can be terrifying! We’re here to remove those fears and instill you with the tools to deal with any presentation with poise and confidence. In this ten-week Confidence Edge 2 Course at the Gaiety School of Acting, participants will be coached in delivering a pitch-perfect performance, turning every day and every situation into…

Theatre Talks

Theatre Talks, delivered over a ten-week period with sessions taking place every fortnight, is aimed at students with an interest in theatre, but who do not have the desire to be on stage. A play will be prescribed each fortnight and students will be asked to read this in their own time. A discussion group…

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