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The Lir Academy is Ireland’s National Academy of Dramatic Art at Trinity College Dublin.

It was established in 2011 to satisfy identified needs within the theatre, TV and film industries. Offering a range of undergraduate, postgraduate and short courses, The Lir Academy is a centre of excellence, a hub for germinating talent and a training ground for brilliance. We provide our students with the highest level of conservatoire training on the island of Ireland.

The Lir Academy is successfully supplying the theatre, film, TV and related industries with students who have been trained to the highest standards possible. All training from introductory level to degree level is taught by industry professionals who take immense pride in teaching their craft. Voice and movement training are core elements to the acting degree and stand alone short courses on offer to established actors who are interested in improving their skills and to actors in training. Technical courses range from introductory courses in lighting, sound, stage management and costume, to the three-year Bachelor degree in Stage Management and Technical Theatre (SMTT). Our MFA courses are 13-month-long immersive and collaborative programmes that facilitate emerging practitioners to deepen their creative practice. 

The Lir Academy is synonymous with professional training in acting, voice, movement, stage management, stage construction, scenic art, lighting, sound, costume, playwriting, theatre directing, theatre producing and stage design. We train actors, technicians, designers, directors, producers, playwrights, stage managers and creatives to exemplary standards so they are ready to embark on a professional career from the moment they leave our campus.
Empowering the best emerging creative talent will always remain at the heart of what we do.

Annually, we deliver: a Foundation Diploma in Acting and Theatre; Honours degree programmes in Acting and Stage Management
& Technical Theatre; and MFA programmes in Directing, Producing, Playwriting and Stage Design. In addition to this, we annually offer over 60
short courses and junior training programmes, alongside our community, outreach and access initiatives. Our reach, as part of the cultural
and creative sector, is increasingly influential both at home and internationally.

The Lir Academy is housed in a custom-designed building, fifteen minutes alk from the main Trinity College dublin campus with facilities catering to the range of training on offer. You can take the virtual tour here.

It was founded through the generosity of the Cathal Ryan Trust working with Trinity College Dublin and has a founding association with the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA).

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