The Lir, Ireland’s National Academy of Dramatic Art was established as a result of a recognised need for an academy of excellence within the island of Ireland


Training in acting, stage management, technical theatre, playwriting, theatre, stage design, lighting design, costume design and theatre directing is offered on a full time basis at undergraduate or postgraduate level. Short courses in Stanislavski’s System, Performing Shakespeare, Acting and Irish Theatre, Sensing Laban and Musical Theatre are offered to established actors or actors in training. Whilst courses including Introduction to Acting, Young Actors’ Programme, I A Clown, The Clear and Confident Voice and Puppet Making are offered to anyone who has an interest in these areas and wants to further develop their skills.

The Lir’s close associations with the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) in London and Trinity College Dublin ensure that the contents of all courses are set to the highest international standards, so whether you are setting out to undertake a postgraduate Master Degree in Playwriting or a beginners Introduction to Acting course, you will be trained by industry professionals in a trusting, dynamic and fun environment.

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The tutors at The Lir have extensive experience in professional theatre and continue to work in and maintain close contacts with the national and international theatre industry. 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 building designed specifically for the range of courses featuring two flexible black box studios, as well as 3 rehearsal rooms, a dance/movement studio, a woodwork and metalwork workshop, a scenic art studio, a design sudio and a range of flexible teaching spaces to suit the training of The Lir’s actors, stage managers, playwrights, stage designers, theatre directors and all participants.