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Bachelor in Acting (Hons.); 3 years full-time; 16 places

What is the Bachelor in Acting?

This is a three-year, full-time, intensive honours degree for anyone who is serious about acting and wants to become an actor. The structure and contents of this degree have been designed in consultation with the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) in London and consists of a practical skill based course that enables students to learn by doing. The UK and Ireland’s leading theatre practitioners form the core panel of teachers within The Lir theatre at Trinity and a number of visiting international directors, actors, playwrights and producers are regularly scheduled to take workshops, manage projects and lend their expertise to the learning experience. Students will be taught in acting technique, voice, movement, and singing, as well as complementary classes in dramaturgy and text analysis, over nine semesters (three per annum) and over three years.

Is this the right course for you?

Being an acting student at The Lir theatre at Trinity is completely different to being a student on other drama courses. While students of degree courses in drama might be in taught classes for approximately 14 hours per week, students at The Lir can expect to be in classes, workshops and rehearsals on average for 35 hours per week, and sometimes more when in production. Training for the theatre at The Lir is founded on the basic principle of simulating the working environment of a professional theatre.

The teaching is intense and offers a high degree of individual tuition. Acting students are expected to maintain a healthy lifestyle in order to cope with the physical demands and stamina required by the training.

While the course offers the possibility to meet theatre practitioners on a regular and ongoing basis, as well as the possibility to tour theatres and recording studios, students are encouraged and expected to widen and deepen their knowledge of the contemporary theatre scene by attending professional performances and related events. Being connected to the professional theatre scene, right from the beginning of training, is a crucial part of the student experience.

Only students who are fully committed to pursuing a career as a professional actor should consider this course. Students who are unsure of their career path at this stage should consider applying for the Diploma in Acting and Theatre at The LirTR001 Drama studies or TR025 Drama and theatre studies.

Why study acting at The Lir Academy?

The Lir was developed by the partnership of the Cathal Ryan Trust and Trinity and opened its doors to the first students in September 2011. It is formally associated with the world-renowned Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA).

The training offered by The Lir is closely linked to the ever-changing needs and directions of the theatre industry. The Lir has also fostered close links with the allied professions of film, television, radio and new media. The training is provided by professionals with extensive experience of the industry, in a conscious effort to teach students from the outset the highest level of international professional practice. 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 a bespoke building at Grand Canal Quay, designed specifically for a range of courses in acting, design, directing, lighting design, stage management, technical theatre and playwriting. It features a flexible black box studio with a seating capacity of 150, a more intimate studio with a capacity of 70, a dance studio, technical workshop, 3 rehearsal studios and a range of flexible teaching spaces to suit the training of The Lir’s young theatre practitioners.

What will you study?

This course trains students for careers in professional theatre and related industries. A strong emphasis is placed on training the actor’s body as an instrument, as well as nurturing the actor’s creative imagination. It is physically demanding and requires a high level of stamina. In the third and final year of the course students will be cast in at least 5 productions, 1 short film and an audition showcase (in Dublin and London and where possible, New York) over the course of the year which are performed in front of agents, directors, producers and the general public.


Students in the first two years of the course take compulsory modules in Acting and Text, Movement Studies and Voice Studies. Teaching is by practical workshop and delivered by professional practitioners. In addition there is considerable individual tuition to supplement the workshops in all aspects of the course. Students will also be introduced to the techniques of acting for recorded media (film, radio, television). At the end of second year, students will combine all the skills developed over the two years of training in their first ensemble production to an invited audience.


Students will be cast in at least 5 theatre productions, directed by professional theatre directors. Each production will have multiple performances over a 7-day period and will play to invited agents, directors, producers, as well as the general public. Students will also be cast in a short film, directed by a professional film director and filmed both on set and on location. The films will receive a public screening. Students will also perform an audition showcase in both Dublin and London before an invited audience of agents and directors.

Assessment in the first and second years is based entirely on a series of practical class presentations in all modules. In third year, assessment is by a series of public performances.


The course is specifically designed to train actors for the theatre and related professions. All the training is provided by dedicated theatre professionals with strong industry links. All of the final year productions and showcases are designed to attract international employment opportunities for the students. There is a strong emphasis in the training on career preparation, and students will be taught not only how to work as an actor but also how to sustain a career as an actor.

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Graduate Profile

Vanessa Emme

Student life at The Lir is a rich one where you are exposed to all facets of the dramatic arts. One of the many highlights is how closely students work with and learn from professionals within the theatre and film industry. Upon graduating from The Lir Academy at Trinity, I travelled to London and was lucky enough to go straight into rehearsal for a production for the prestigious Chichester Festival and Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. I can say, with complete confidence, that I would not have had the amazing opportunities thus far had I not trained at The Lir.

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Bachelor in Acting (Hons.)


3 years full-time

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Admission Requirements

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Restricted entry

This is a restricted entry course. Applications must be submitted by 1 February 2016.

This course is taught by The Lir National Academy of Dramatic Art at Trinity. It is not part of the CAO application system. Application forms can be downloaded from The Lir website: and should be mailed to The Administrator, The Lir National Academy of Dramatic Art, Trinity Enterprise and Technology Campus, Dublin 2, Ireland.

Entry is by audition. Students will prepare three monologues:
• One Classical monologue by Shakespeare (or another Elizabethan/Jacobean playwright).
• One monologue from a Contemporary play, ie a play written in the last 50 years.
• The final Reserve monologue can be either contemporary or classical and should be prepared as a reserve in case the panel feel your other monologues were inappropriate or wish to see more from you.

You must memorize the monologues and perform them without a script.

Successful applicants at first audition will be required to attend at least one more round of auditions at which voice, movement and group skills will be assessed. The final date for receipt of applications is 1 February 2016 however, applicants are encouraged to apply from November onwards. Auditions will be held between December 2015 and March 2016

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