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  • irishtimes.com - Posted: February 6, 2013 @ 10:59 pm

    Inject a bit of drama into your life with these short acting courses

    Laurence Mackin

    Here’s a selection of short courses for acting and production for theatre, film and television. It barely scratches the surface of what’s out there so feel free to leave any other pointers in the comments section.

    Louis Lovett will lead a five-day practical workshop for professional actors, from February 18th to 22nd, in the Abbey Theatre. The closing date for applications is this Friday, February 8th. Applicants should send a CV, headshot and a brief note outlining why you want to participate to jeanine@theatrelovett.com. The cost is a measly €25.

    Also on offer at the Abbey Theatre are its regular voice workshops with Andrea Ainsworth. Individual classes are available, but the theatre also holds regular sessions with groups that are for everyone, from the complete novice to the consummate professional: they’ll let anyone in – even me. Call 01-8872293 or click here for details and dates on the workshops or to arrange a consultation.

    The Lir National Academy of the Dramatic Arts has a comprehensive portfolio of acting courses. The full-time courses are for those serious about building a career in acting, but there are also numerous shorter courses and workshops on offer. These focus on specific aspects, such as movement expression or tackling auditions (roughly €80 for four lessons over four weeks), to a two-week young actors’ programme that begins on March 24th (this one clocks in at €950). In summer, things seem to crack up a gear – anyone for a course on the Stanislavski system or would you like to cut your teeth at clowning?

    Filmbase has a large suite of courses, and is also one of the few places outside of third level to have courses on direction and production, as well as shorter specific courses on technical aspects of film and television.

    The Gaiety School of Acting also has a long list of courses, and covers off-camera work as well, such as radio presentation or drama writing. Some of its courses take place outside Dublin, and in the capital it has the added benefit of using the historic surrounds of Smock Alley Theatre.

    The Factory on Barrow Street has a series of short courses and workshops as well as its ongoing year-long screen acting course. It’s website isn’t much use at the moment so keep an eye on its Facebook for up-to-date information. For example, it currently has an ongoing writing course with the inimitable Pat McCabe.

    Gréasán na Meán Skillnet is a network of 60 companies who provide training in the Connemara Gaeltacht. Many of the courses are short and practically minded, with areas covered from radio and television production to presenting and scripting. Click here for more information.

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