From the studio to the stage, students will study the workings and history of Ireland's world-class national theatre while developing their own theatre skills, knowledge, and practice. Students from Villanova will work alongside students from Irish and other universities and be taught by practitioners and professors from the U.S. and Ireland. Student work will culminate in a showing of final work at the Lir, Ireland's National Academy of Dramatic Art and guided by Abbey Theatre professionals.
The Abbey Theatre, the national theatre of Ireland, has long showcased great Irish drama. Emerging out of theatre societies founded by W.B. Yeats, Edward Martyn, Lady Augusta Gregory, John Millington Synge, the Fay brothers, and others, the Abbey Theatre has fostered playwrights and premiered productions by Sean O’Casey, Brian Friel, Frank McGuinness, Sebastian Barry, and Marina Carr, among many others. The Lir is Ireland’s National Academy of Dramatic Art. It is part of Trinity College Dublin and is associated with the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) in London.
The program is a joint enterprise between Villanova University, the Lir, the Abbey Theatre, the National University of Ireland in Galway, and University College, Dublin. It offers a select group of students from Ireland and the United States the opportunity to study with Irish Studies scholars and Irish theatre professionals. Students from any college or university may apply and receive credit through the Villanova University Office of Education Abroad, in conjunction with their home university.
Students attend lectures in the mornings and take a practicum in the afternoon at the Lir. Mornings will be led by Villanova and Irish professors, and the afternoons will be led by practitioners, directors, actors, writers, technical staff, movement and voice coaches. The evenings are reserved for seeing plays, rehearsals, and cultural events.
The practicum offers three strands: ensemble, creative writing, and advanced directing. All strands will synchronize to create the final showing.
The three-credit program is an immersion into theatre in Ireland. Students will also tour Dublin and elsewhere in Ireland and attend performances at Dublin's many stages to gain an overview of Irish theatre.
Upon completion of the Dublin portion of the program, students are required to do archival research at the Abbey Theatre Digital Archive @ NUI Galway
M.A. students are able to take one or two courses outside of their own discipline (students select one course, below):
ENG 8680: 20th Century Irish Theatre (3 credits)
THE 8200: Irish Drama (3 credits)
Additional Academic Requirements
Students will live in centrally - located residences.
Students will experience a thorough Dublin orientatoin at the beginning of the program. During the evenings, students will attend theatrical productions in and around Dublin. Opportunities for exploring the city and taking in the local sights and sounds are all part of the experience during the free time on the program. Students have the option to eat out at the local pubs and restaurants or to utilize their kitchen facilities and cook for themselves. At the end of the Dublin portion, students will be able to travel to Galway and visit the western coast of Ireland.
July 13 - August 3, 2018 (Earliest date of departure is August 3. Departure dates will differ depening on student research needs.)
On August 1 students will travel to NIUG to conduct research at the Abbey Theatre archives.
The program fee is $4,200.
*2017 Program Fee. The 2018 Program Fee will be annonced soon.
For a breakdown of the expenses, click here
Students are responsible for airfare, as well as lunch and dinner expenses. The cost of the program covers tuition, housing, theatre tickets, inner-city bus and mass transportation tickets, pool and gym at UCD, travel insurance, among other things.
Upon acceptance, student will have 2-weeks to submit a $450 non-refundable commitment fee. Program balance is invoiced directly to the VU student account during the first week of April, with final balance due May 1.
Students interested in financing should first review the OEA Scholarship page. The Friendly Sons of St. Patrick scholarship is a great opportunity! Should there be a need to secure additional funding through loans, Villanova University students should contact the Office of Financial Assistance.
Students with a Federal Pell grant should consider applying for the Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship!
Villanova University has the right to make cancellations, substitutions, or changes in case of emergency or changed conditions, or in the interest of the program.
Middleton Hall 2nd fl.
800 Lancaster Avenue
Villanova, PA 19085
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