The Lir Academy, 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


The Lir Academy is Ireland’s National Academy of Dramatic Art. It is part of Trinity College Dublin and is associated with the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) in London. The Lir Academy was established in 2011 to satisfy identified needs within the theatre, TV and film industries. Offering a range of undergraduate, postgraduate and short courses, The Lir Academy is successfully supplying the theatre and related industries with students who have been trained to the highest standards possible. Acting training from introductory level to degree level is taught by industry professionals who take immense pride in teaching their craft. Voice and movement training form core elements to the acting degree and also are stand alone short courses on offer to established actors who are interested in improving their skills and to actors in training. Technical courses range from introductory courses in lighting, sound, stage management and costume, to the three year Bachelor degree in Stage Management and Technical Theatre (SMTT).

The Lir Academy is synonymous with professional training in acting, voice, movement, stage management, stage construction, scenic art,  lighting, sound, costume, playwriting, theatre directing and stage design.

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The tutors at The Lir Academy 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 Academy 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.