The IES Abroad Intensive Acting Program gives you an intensive, practical approach to performance. Over the course of the summer, you will come to know Dublin's winding streets and unique charm through a variety of culturally enriching opportunities. The program offers enrollment at the acclaimed National Theatre School of Ireland-Gaiety School of Acting, housing in fully-equipped student apartments, and field trips throughout the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.

Courses are taught by The National Theatre School of Ireland-Gaiety School of Acting (NTSI-GSA) and IES Abroad instructors. These courses are held at the NTSI-GSA and IES Abroad Center, and are worth 6 credits total.

Important note: A core value espoused by The National Theatre School of Ireland-Gaiety School of Acting is ensemble. This program is physically and emotionally demanding and all students participate fully in all aspects of the training process.

Quick Facts

  • Center: IES Abroad Dublin
  • City: Dublin
  • Country: Ireland
  • Program Credits: 6 credits
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Language Prerequisites: None

Program Dates

After you are admitted, refer to the Travel Dates section of the Predeparture Information in your MyIESabroad account before booking travel.

Summer 2018

  • June 6 - July 21

Upcoming Application Deadlines:

  • Application deadline has passed


Our mission is simple: to provide you with the best study abroad experience possible—which includes the highest quality academic and cultural experiences. Designed for theatre students seeking an intensive, practical approach to performance, this program lets you immerse yourself in a conservatory-style acting program. All courses are required and are taught at The National Theatre School of Ireland-Gaiety School of Acting (NTSI-GSA) and IES Abroad. In order to participate in this program, you must turn in a theatrical resume as well as a letter of recommendation from a theatre instructor (or equivalent) with your application. You also should have taken at least one university level acting course. You earn 6 credits total. First you complete a 2-week theatre workshop. Then you begin the 4-week summer NTSI-GSA program. Worth 2 credits:

  • TH394 Theatre Workshop (syllabus below)
    • Aims to provide an understanding of theatre production within the context of contemporary theatre-making in a European dramatic tradition.
  • Theatre Visits: Students will attend a number of theatre performances during their program. These are included in the program fee.

Worth 4 credits total: Acting

  • Aims to root a strong personal technique in an organic, intelligent, and imaginative engagement with text and process. Focuses primarily on the areas of rehearsal and performance, with reference to the actor's honest connection and performative proficiency amid the differing technical demands of various styles and genres.
  • Total class contact time: 60 hours over 4 weeks
  • Encompasses instruction and rehearsal sessions – all practical, covering works of Samuel Beckett, John Millington Synge, Brian Friel and Sean O’Casey as well as touching on other Irish writers where relevant such as Martin McDonagh, Marina Carr, Billy Roche, WB Yeats.


  • Aims to develop an intellectual and bodied understanding of the vocal instrument, cultivating tension-free support, control, articulation, resonance, range, and variation of tone - as well as unblocked access to the emotional apparatus. Begins with an assessment of posture, techniques and exercises, and draws from theorists like Linklater, Rodenburg, and McCallion. The voice is used to explore play texts, political speeches, and poetry.
  • Total class contact time: 6-8 hours over 4 weeks
  • Covers accent and vocal requirements of all works dealt with in practical sessions.

Irish Writers Seminar

  • Total class contact time: 8-10 hours over 4 weeks
  • Covers historical and sociopolitical contexts of works dealt with in practical acting sessions in seminar/discussion class formats. Authors discussed are primarily Beckett, Friel, O’Casey, Synge, Yeats, and McDonagh.

Showcase Final session of the course – 1 hour (approximately) duration presenting a selection of ensemble scenes rehearsed during the four week program.

Courses Theatre Arts

  • TH 394 - Theater Workshop (Summer)

Course-Related Excursions IES Abroad Dublin organizes field study trips that complement what you’re learning in the classroom, and contribute to your general knowledge of Irish culture and society.


We want to make sure that your greatest challenge is deciding which landmarks to see first or discovering the best café—not finding a place to live where you feel comfortable. We do our best to locate housing that is reflective of how the local students are living. Our goal is that when you leave Dublin, it will feel like home.

Private Student Apartments - You will live in a private student apartment located in residential Dublin. The private student apartments are shared by three to four flat mates, and consist of a fully-equipped kitchen, two bedrooms with large fitted wardrobes, two bathrooms, and a shared living area. The private student apartments are completely furnished and have WiFi Internet access along with other amenities. You are responsible for your own meals, and can prepare your own food at home or eat at local, inexpensive restaurants.

Private Student Residence - You will live in a private student residence, Binary Hub, in Dublin. At Binary Hub, you will be given your own private bedroom and bathroom. You will share the floor with up to four other flat mates, which consists of a fully-equipped kitchen and a shared living area. The private student residence is completely furnished and has WiFi Internet access along with other amenities. You are responsible for your own meals, and can prepare your own food at home or eat at local, inexpensive restaurants.

Student Life

Orientation The program begins with a two-day orientation that introduces you to the IES Abroad Dublin staff, your fellow students, and the city of Dublin. Topics such as academics, housing, transportation, and health and safety are covered during this time. You also take guided tours around the Center and areas of Dublin as part of your orientation. Additionally, CORE™, IES Abroad’s Comprehensive Orientation & Re-entry Experience, begins during orientation and continues throughout the semester with activities focusing on cultural adjustment, goal achievement, and preparing for the return home. You will also take guided tours around the Center and areas of interest in Dublin as part of your orientation.

Eligibility Requirements

  • 18 years of age
  • In good standing at your home school
  • Applicants must be a major or minor in Theater Arts/Drama or have EXTENSIVE theater experience
  • 2.5 GPA or better on a 4.0 scale (GPAs under 2.5 will be considered on a case-by-case basis)

Passport & Visa Requirements

A passport that is valid for at least six months beyond the end date of the program, with at least two blank pages is required. U.S. citizens in possession of a valid passport do not need to obtain a visa to enter or study in Ireland. Non-U.S. citizens may be required to obtain a student visa prior to arrival. Please contact us for more information.


Summer 2018

  • Tuition: $5,745
  • Housing: $1,680
  • Insurance: $135
  • Total: $7,560

Consider these prices as a starting point. We encourage you to contact your study abroad office to determine the actual cost to you when factoring in financial aid, scholarships, your home school policies, and other factors.

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