- Course Type: Undergraduate
- No. of Places: 14
- Duration: 3 Year(s) Full Time
- Award: Bachelor in Acting
- Restricted Entry:
This is a restricted entry course. Applications must be submitted by 1 February 2013.
This course is taught by The Lir - National Academy of Dramatic Art @ Trinity College Dublin. It is not part of the CAO application system. Application forms can be downloaded now from The Lir website www.thelir.ie and should be mailed to The Administrator, The Lir - National Academy of Dramatic Art, Trinity College, Dublin 2, Ireland.
Entry is by Audition. Students will prepare a classical and a contemporary monologue for first audition. Each monologue should be no more than three minutes long. 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 2013. Auditions will be held between February and April 2013.
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This is a three-year, full-time, intensive honors degree designed to train students of exceptional talent with the skills necessary for a career as an actor in professional theatre and related industries. Through a series of skills-based modules in acting technique, voice, movement, dance, and singing, as well as complementary classes in dramaturgy and text analysis, it seeks to equip students with the skills necessary to translate or create for performance a wide variety of approaches to theatre. In order to emulate best practice of The Lir's associate drama school (RADA) the course is taught over nine semesters (three per annum) and over three years. Given the practical nature of the course, and the principal objective of training the actor's body as an instrument as well as the creative imagination, the intensity of the training for actors means that a student can expect to be in class for 36 weeks per annum (three 12-week semesters).
Is this the right course for you?
Being an acting student at The Lir is completely different to being a student on other drama courses. While students of degree courses in English or 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 Drama Studies - TR001 or Drama and theatre studies - TR025.
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. Students take compulsory developmental modules in Acting and; text, Movement studies and Voice studies in the first two years of the course. In the third and final year of the course students will be cast in 5 productions, 1 short film and an audition showcase over the course of the year which are performed in front of agents, directors, producers and the general public.
The Freshman (first two) years
Students in the first two years of the course take compulsory modules in Acting & 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 the Senior Freshman (second) year students will combine all the skills developed over the two years of training in their first ensemble production to an invited audience.
The Sophister (third and final) year
Students will be cast in a series of 5 theatre productions, directed by professional theatre directors. Each production will have multiple performances over a 10-day period and will play to invited agents, directors, producers, as well as the general public. Further, students will 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 before an invited audience of agents and directors.
Assessment in the Freshman years is based entirely on a series of practical class presentations in all modules. In the final Sophister year, assessment is by a series of public performances.
The Lir - National Academy of Dramatic Art
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.
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 an exciting new building at Grand Canal Dock (see page 59), 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 more than 200, as well as 2 further performance studios, a dance studio, technical workshop, and a range of flexible teaching spaces to suit the training of The Lir's young theatre practitioners.
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 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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