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Gaiety School of Acting, The National Theatre School of Ireland

Essex Street West,, Temple Bar, Dublin, Republic of Ireland

Gaiety School of Acting trains actors for theatre, film and television with courses in acting.

Gaiety School of Acting offers a two-year intensive acting course, an MA in Theatre Practice with UCD and an extensive selection of part-time and tailored courses for adults, teenagers, children and overseas students. The school of acting has been providing professional actor training for almost 30 years. Graduates of Gaiety School of Acting include Colin Farrell, Olivia Wilde, Colin O Donoghue, Aidan Turner (Best Male Newcomer, Jameson Empire Awards 2014), Eva Birthistle (Best Actress Lead Television Award, IFTA 2014) Charlie Murphy (Best Actress, The Irish Times Awards 2013) and Sarah Greene (Tony Award Nominee 2014) as alumni of distinction.

The school has developed and expanded to over 2000 students, all involved in a wide range of acting courses from our intensive two year full time actor training programme to a range of acting courses available to students from overseas. These acting courses include The Original Theatre Project, our one-month Irish Theatre Summer School and our three-week January or May Irish Theatre programmes.

The Gaiety School of Acting is based in the centre of Dublin city’s cultural quarter, Temple Bar. Our range of part time courses take place at many other centres around the country.

The Gaiety School of Acting is proud to be The National Theatre School of Ireland.

For more information about acting courses from The Gaiety School of Acting, view our courses below in’s Course Finder

One Year Part-Time Programme
One Year Part-Time is the most challenging part-time training opportunity at the Gaiety School of Acting. These courses are for the adult student who is committed to the pursuit of excellence in the field of…
Stage Combat
This safe quality training of actors in Stage Combat Course will guide participants through the challenging craft of the stage combat moves, covering important safety skills for use in stage and screen. This practical ten-week…
Introduction to Drama course
If you are interested in beginning your career in acting or searching for a fun new pastime, our Introduction to Drama course offers a warm and supportive environment to develop your performance skills. This course…
Theatre Talks
Theatre Talks, delivered over a ten-week period with sessions taking place every fortnight, is aimed at students with an interest in theatre, but who do not have the desire to be on stage. A play…
The Confidence Edge 1
Performance skills aren’t only useful for the stage; they are often utilised in business and everyday interactions to great effect. Your first impression is key: make sure it’s a powerful one! In Confidence Edge 1 Course…
The Confidence Edge 2
Public speaking can be terrifying! We’re here to remove those fears and instill you with the tools to deal with any presentation with poise and confidence. In this ten-week Confidence Edge 2 Course at the…
Acting for Camera
Working with experienced and knowledgeable tutors you will learn the craft of acting for camera, concentrating on putting together the basic techniques required to deliver effective performances on screen. From our introductory course in Acting…
Long Form Improvisation
Long Form Improvisation or long form improv as its also known has spawned an entire generation of the world’s biggest and brightest entertainers; Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Bill Murray and Mike Myers to name a…
Stand-Up Comedy Course
Work with professional comedians to develop your own authentic and unique stand-up routine and channel your inner funny! Over this 10-week evening course, tutors help you hone your own style and hilarious content with their…
Musical Theatre
In the Gaiety School of Acting's Musical Theatre for Beginners and Musical Theatre for Improvers courses, students will work with Musical Theatre coaches on the specific dance and performance styles unique to Musical Theatre, developing…


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