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Performance arts

Performance arts refers to anything that has the goal of attracting an audience that wish to view or listen. All kinds of performances have existed throughout history, from the gladiators of ancient times to storytellers and modern musicians, all have had an audience watch them unfold live in front of them. There’s constant demand for entertainment, meaning its always possible to develop a career in the sector.

Ireland has always had a lively contribution in the Drama and Theatre world. There’s no shortage of famous individuals like WB Yeats and Seamus Heaney, both of which have won Nobel Prizes. Over one third of plays performed in London are written by Irish writers.

There’s a huge amount of theatre companies in Ireland. Film and Television also offer opportunities for graduates too. Beyond the actors and playwrights, there are Stage Management, Costume Design, Make up Artistry, Set Design and Drama Coaching jobs, to name just a few.

Studying music can lead to many different choices of career. Graduates may opt to teach others at various levels or be a vocal coach, perform as part of a large classical or brass band, become a record producer, go into concert promotion and music distribution or even music journalism. Of course, they may also decide to strike it on their own in a creative pursuit of writing and performing their own music.

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The Arts Council of Ireland is the Irish government agency for developing the arts. We work in partnership with artists, arts organisations, public policy makers and others to build a central place for the arts in Irish life.

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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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