Short Courses / Acting

Junior Academy

  10.00am - 4.30pm

Course Information

Type: Beginners
Duration: 10.00am - 4.30pm
Ages: 15-17

The Junior Academy is a tailored programme in acting for talented students aged 15– 17.

Taught by leading professionals, many of whom also teach on the Foundation Diploma in Acting and Theatre and the Bachelor in Acting undergraduate courses at The Lir Academy, the Junior Academy will provide practical experience in Voice (projection, breathing techniques, dialect etc), Acting and Movement, the three cornerstones of conservatoire training and will ultimately provide a platform for further training in acting, theatre or drama.

This intensive course will allow students to develop skills in acting, self-confidence, improvisation, listening and taking direction.
Junior Academy is ideal for any teenager who has a passion for all things theatre-related and is interested in developing this passion into further training and/or a career.

A limited number of places are available on this programme in order to ensure that each student receives the maximum individual attention.

The course curriculum includes training in voice, movement, dialect, acting, ensemble work, Stanislavski’s system and will culminate in a live performance open to family and friends of the participants.
The cost of this course is €2,700 and can be paid for in instalments.

There are a limited number of bursaries available for Junior Academy which can be applied for once a place has been offered.

Students who take the Junior Academy course often progress to the Young Actors' Programme and apply to the Foundation Diploma in Acting and Theatre as well as the Bachelor in Acting degree.


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Please note that The Lir Academy continues to monitor the delivery of short courses in relation to governmental guidelines on Covid-19. For full details on our policies on this, please see our terms and conditions here.


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  • Fluency in the English language is essential.
  • A commitment to punctuality, discipline and preparation is required from every participant.
  • Information on what to wear etc. will be sent to successful applicants once they have been accepted onto the course.


All eligible candidates who apply before the closing date will receive an audition.

Each candidate is asked to prepare ONE monologue for a group audition.

You need to prepare ONE monologue of NO LONGER THAN THREE MINUTES. Your monologue can be either:

  • A CLASSICAL monologue by SHAKESPEARE (or another Elizabethan/Jacobean playwright).
  • Or a monologue from a CONTEMPORARY play, ie a play written in the last 50 years.

You must memorize the monologue and be comfortable in performing it without a script.

During the half day audition workshop each candidate will work on their monologue as part of a group audition.

Equality and Diversity

A candidate should feel free to disclose impairment at any time during the audition process if they have not done so on their application form. Applicants with disabilities or impairments who demonstrate talent and potential will be put forward to the next stage of the audition process by the panel members, who will not concern themselves with the implications the disability may have on subsequent training. The panel will be informed of any disclosed disability on a candidate’s application form unless the candidate has asked for the disability to be kept confidential.

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Term Dates for 2022/23 click to

Term 1 Dates:

Saturday 17th September to Saturday 17th December, 2022

Midterm 29th October (no class on this date)

Term 2 Dates:

Saturday 14th January to Saturday 1st April, 2023

Showing Rehearsal Dates:

11th April - 14th April, 2023


15th April, 2023

Students will have to be free to attend the rehearsal week in order to take part in the production.

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