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Acting Irish Theatre


Dublin, Ireland



Application deadline

The application deadline for this course has passed. We are no longer accepting applications for Acting Irish Theatre​.



Guest Artists

Iseult Golden, Cathal Quinn, Gavin O'Donoghue, Stephen Darcy, Thomas Conway​


This course for professionally oriented students of acting who wish to expand, explore and deepen their awareness of Irish Theatre at The Lir Academy of Dramatic Art in Dublin. This three-week intensive will be taught by professional Irish actors, directors, movement, dialect and voice tutors who also work at Ireland’s most reputable theatres, The Abbey Theatre and The Gate Theatre.

Who should take this class

American and International undergraduate and graduate-level professionally-oriented theatre arts acting and directing students: those interested in acting, writing, composing, as well as those interested in directing.

Required application materials

  • Headshot
  • Resume
  • Letter of intent
  • Two letters of recommendation from theatre professors and/or professionals.

Course Coordinator

Hugh O'Gorman

Important Course Information​​

This course is subject to cancellation due to COVID-19 or other unforeseen circumstances. All f​ees paid to Summer Arts and Fresno State will be fully refundable in the event of course cancellation.
All participants will need to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination. Religious or medical exemptions may be considered.


All participants will need a valid and current passport for travel to Ireland. You will need to provide your passport number to CSU Summer Arts by June 30, 2022.

If you do not have a current passport, you are encouraged to apply for one immediately. Please check the Passport Office schedule before you apply and find out if you will need a rush order to obtain your passport in time. United States citizens do not need a visa to enter Ireland, however, citizens of other countries may.


Participants are responsible for their own travel arrangements. CSU Summer Arts does not provide any group flights, reservations, or recommendations for this course. You will need to provide CSU Summer Arts with your travel information.

Participants must arrive in Dublin by July 13. The first class meeting will be on Thursday, July 14 at a time to be determined.


CSU Summer Arts is offering group lodging arrangements at Goldsmith Hall at Trinity College Dublin from Wednesday, July 13 to Wednesday, August 3 (21 nights). Lodging is a single-occupancy bedroom in an a 4- or 5-bedroom apartment with 2 bathrooms, shared kitchen and living room. ​Click here for more information about the accommodations.​

You may also make your arrangements with any hotel, vacation rental, or hostel in Dublin. You will need to provide CSU Summer Arts with your lodging information.

Common Expenses

The following information is for estimates only, your individual expenses may differ.

  • CSU Summer Arts lodging option: $1300
  • Airfare (from LAX or SFO to Dublin): $1000-1500
  • Transportation: $100
  • Cell Phone: $100​
  • Food/Spending Money: $1000

Please click here for course fees.


Scholarship awards range from $100 to $2000 and about 80% of students receives some scholarship assistance. Scholarship funds are not available for housing or travel costs.
To apply for scholarship assistance, please complete the Summer Arts scholarship application when you apply online for admission to the course. Click here for more information.​


  • Application: April 22, 2022
  • Notification: April 29, 2022
  • $500 Housing Reservation and Deposit (for Goldsmith Hall): May 16, 2022
  • $80 Insurance: May 16, 2022
  • Course Fees and $800 Housing Balance: June 13, 2022

For additional information about the course, passports and visas, or if you have any questions, contact

Guest Artists

Iseult Golden

Iseult Golden 

Iseult Golden is a writer, actor, and director. She has performed in a wide variety of theatre productions ranging from Shakespeare to Stoppard and has toured nationally and internationally. Golden co-wrote the play “CLASS”, which has toured nationally and internationally. Her screenwriting work includes the long-running Irish TV drama, “Fair City.” 

Cathal Quinn

Cathal Quinn

Cathal Quinn (he/him) is Head of Voice at The Lir Academy and a chief facilitator of The Lir at Work courses. Quinn trained as an actor and a voice teacher; he is artistic director of both Mouth on Fire Theatre Company and Guthanna Binne Síoraí Theatre Company.

Thomas Conway

Thomas Conway

Thomas Conway is a director, dramaturg and theatre instructor. His directing credits include Whoop It Up for Liberty!, Gentrification, The Winter’s Tale, The King of Friday’s Men, Once Upon a Barstool, and What Where. As a dramaturg, he has worked with the Druid Theatre Company, Pan Pan Theatre Company, and Fabulous Beast Dance Theatre.​

Cathal Quinn

Gavin O'Donoghue

Gavin O'Donoghue is the Foundation Diploma and Short Courses Director at The Lir Academy. He studied Drama at The Samuel Beckett Centre, Trinity College Dublin, spending his ERASMUS year at Goldsmiths College, The University of London. On graduating from Trinity, he trained as an actor at The Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art in London.

Stephen Darcy

Stephen Darcy

Stephen Darcy is a theatre director and actor with a broad range of experience in theatre, TV and film. He directed One in a Million by Cathy Forde, which toured to Aberdeen, Glasgow and Edinburgh Traverse. For many years Darcy has developed new writing with dramaturg Lloyd Trott at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.​

David Horan

David Horan