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Stage management and technical theatre

  • Course Type: Undergraduate
  • No. of Places: 15
  • 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 2015.

    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 2015. Interviews will be held between February and April 2015.

  • 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 is a two-year Level 8 course that aims to equip students of exceptional talent with the skills necessary for a career as a stage manager and/or technical specialist in professional theatre and related industries through the development of skills, professional practices and creative approaches to theatre production.

Is this the right course for you?

Being a student at The Lir is completely different to being a student on other university courses. Stage management and technical theatre students learn by hands-on teaching. Almost 80% of the classes take place in the specially designed workshops and studios at The Lir's purpose built facility. Alongside classes in the principals of stage management, students will participate in practical sessions learning to construct sets and costumes, operate rig, lighting and sound equipment, and operate all of the specialist equipment at The Lir. Students will work on in-house theatre productions at The Lir and on productions in some of Dublin's leading theatres.

Course overview

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 with a view to developing the intellect and the encouragement of a reflective practitioner. A spirit of enquiry and discovery through research and its practical presentation further seeks to encourage the life-long learning processes necessary for sustaining a career in the theatre and allied professions. All teaching will be provided by dedicated and experienced theatre technicians and stage managers, and will reflect best practices in professional theatre.


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

Career opportunities

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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