Theatre Directing (M.F.A.)

1 year full-time / 2 years part-time
4 Places



The Master in Fine Art Theatre Directing programme is the first entirely practiced-based Masters programme of its kind in Ireland. It was introduced following extensive consultation with the Irish theatre community and is a direct response to the stated needs of the industry and of talented emerging artists. This innovative course is taught in the newly established The Lir – National Academy of Dramatic Art at Trinity College which is the professional training institution of the School of Creative Arts

Course Details

Full-time and part-time students will take three concurrent modules in the first two terms. The final module (Module 5) will be taught in the third term and subsequent summer months (for full-time students) or in the second year of the course (for part-time students) and will culminate with a professional production staged in one of The Lir’s performance studios. Term Three will be supplemented by an ongoing series of master classes from professional directors and theatre makers.

Students on the Master in Fine Art Theatre Directing will take four compulsory modules, Contemporary Theatre Practice, Directing Workshop, Theatre Production and Dramaturgy for Theatre Directing. Throughout the training students will also develop skills of the practitioners of theatre other than the theatre director, with a view to becoming proficient in and conversant with the creativity of others, and to enhance the craft of the student director by broadening their experience of theatre making. Students will explore the crafts of the actor, designer, stage manager, production manager and stage technician through workshops with teachers and professionals in the various disciplines.

Career Opportunities

This programme is tailored to provide talented individuals with the necessary skills to pursue a career in the professional theatre and related industries.

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Course Details

Number of Places

4 Places

Next Intake

September 2023

Course Coordinator

Loughlin Deegan, Director of The Lir

Closing Date

30th June 2023

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Admission Requirements

In addition to the information required on the online form, you are also required to upload a copy of each of the following:
a) a letter that outlines the applicant’s theatre education and highlights the applicant’s theatre directing experience to date.
b) a ‘statement of purpose’ that refers to the applicants ambitions in terms of theatre directing.
c) a résumé (CV)
d) a portfolio of your work
e) a critical assessment of recently directed work
f) two references/testimonials; one from those familiar with your work and one from third level education
Please label the documents accordingly with the name of the document uploaded and your name, e.g "CV_Name".


Course Fees

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Telephone Number

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