Short Courses / Acting

Stanislavski Weekend Course

  One weekend / 2 days, 2pm - 5

This intensive course is designed for participants who want to learn, through active analysis, about the ‘Father of Actor Training’ in the Western world - Stanislavksi. His work is the foundation of actor training systems and rehearsal room practices worldwide.

Course Fees


Course Information

Course Begins: Sat 02 Dec 2023
Duration: One weekend, 2 days, 2pm - 5
Ages: 18+


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The weekend workshop is a practical introduction to the core tenets of Stanislavski’s System - the actor’s work on the body, on character, on the text and on stage. Actors will explore the principles of naivety, concentration, relaxation, communion as well as learning to identify the given circumstances, objectives, methods of physical actions, and events of a text to inform the playing of a scene and building a character.

A range of selected contemporary and classical scenes will be provided to give actors a practical experience of the system. This is a practical class and some experience is necessary - be that enthusiastic amateurs or professional actors.

Caroline Byrne completed an MA in Actor Training and Coaching at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, where she got to study at Moscow Arts Theatre as part of her training. She works as an actor trainer and coach at The Actors Centre, East 15, RWCMD, Central School of Speech and Drama and the Lir Academy. She is also a professional director. Credits include Spring Awakening (Young Vic Theatre), Faustus: That Damned Woman (Headlong, Lyric Hammersmith co-pro) Woman and Scarecrow (RADA), All’s Well That Ends Well (Sam Wanamaker Playhouse) Katie Roche (National Theatre Ireland), Oliver Twist (Regents Park Open Air Theatre), The Taming of the Shrew (Shakespeare’s Globe) Parallel Macbeth (Clare Theatre, Young Vic) Eclipsed (Gate Theatre, London), Shakespeare in a Suitcase (co-directed with Tim Crouch for RSC) and Portia Coughlan (The Abbey Theatre, Dublin)

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Note: Our short courses are non-refundable are there is no cooling off period. The Lir Academy cannot provide accommodation.

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