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Stage management and technical theatre

  • Course Type: Undergraduate
  • No. of Places: 16
  • Min Entry Points for 2014: n/a
  • Duration: 2 Year(s) Full Time
  • Award: Professional Diploma
  • 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 @ Trinity College Dublin. 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 interview. Applicants should prepare a portfolio highlighting their theatre experience to date. The final date for receipt of applications is 1 February 2016. Interviews will be held between February and April 2016.

  • Course Options:

    See also:

    TR001 Drama studies
    TR025 Drama and theatre studies
    Foundation diploma in Acting and theatre

  • How to apply: See how to apply

Admission Requirements

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Stage Management and Technical Theatre

This two year, level 8 course offers practice based training to students who are interested in a career in professional theatre, TV and film. Training as a stage manager and theatre technician is taught through the development of skills, hands-on training during in-house productions, work placements in professional theatres and creative approaches to theatre productions.

Is this the right course for you?

Students who undertake this course will need to have experience in working behind stage in a theatre, at a festival, a concert or an organised event. A keen interest in stage management, lighting, sound, construction, prop making, costume or set design is a distinct advantage. This is an intensive course requiring a commitment on average of 35 hours per week, 38 weeks per year.

What will you study?

The course is specifically designed to train technical staff for the theatre and related professions. Through a series of skills-based courses in stagecraft and construction, lighting and sound, properties and propping, stage/production/technical management, film and television, health and safety, technical drawing, make-up and scenic art, the course seeks to equip students with the skills necessary to realise a theatre production. Classes in theatre history, set and costume design, will complement the skills-based courses in their analysis of historical periods, styles, forms, conventions and practices. All teaching will be provided by dedicated and experienced theatre technicians and stage managers and will reflect best practice in professional theatre.


Assessment is based primarily on a series of practical demonstrations in all modules.


All of the training is provided by dedicated theatre professionals with strong industry links. Opportunities are provided in the second year to focus on one of the many skilled specialisms in the area of technical theatre. Professional placements throughout the training introduce students to the industry and enhance employment prospects.

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Graduate Profile

Conor Sweeney

From working with leading industry professionals on in-house productions to amazing work placements in Ireland’s principal venues and entertainment companies, there was always something exciting and new to look forward to when studying at The Lir. The Stage Management and Technical Theatre course opened the door to the TV and theatre industries for me and I have no doubt that the wide range of subjects and the practical aspect of the teaching helped me to achieve a fantastic start to my career. The friends I made and relationships I built during my time at The Lir have been invaluable.