Galway Actors Workshop


Check out our New Winter Term of Acting Courses

for Adults and Young Adults in Galway and Ennis!


Autumn/Winter Term 2019

The shorter days and darker evenings are the perfect time to get yourself out of the house and into the limelight.

With a varied and high-quality programme of courses in Galway and Ennis, under the tutelage of the seasoned professionals, we’ve got something for adults and young adults at all levels of experience. Many of our courses culminate in a showcase performance in a theatre venue, and there are discounted rates if students wish to undergo more intensive training by signing up to more than one course.

Our beginners courses are 6 weeks long and take place twice a term - the first in mid-September and the second around mid-term. Acting 101 takes place on Monday nights and is taught by the talented actor-producer Rena Bryson (Eva’s Echo). It’s tailor-made for the beginner students who’ve always wanted to “give it a try” as well as those who want to boost their confidence, or just have fun and meet people. We also have two very different Acting 201 courses as a follow on for those who have completed a beginners course. The first 6 weeks will be Voice and Text with voice coach and drama facilitator Conor Graham, while theatremaker John Rogers will be teaching Strengthen Your Acting Skills from late-October. For those with some experience, 201 courses are also great for learning techniques without the pressure of a public performance at the end, or if you can only commit to shorter increments of time.

After a magical first term with a lovely group of students, we’re delighted to announce that Ennis Actors Workshop will return in early October with an 8 week Acting for Adults course which takes place on Wednesday nights at Cloughleigh Community Hall. The course will be taught by our director Sarah O’Toole and will build on skills encountered in the previous term such as character, relationships, objectives, space, ensemble, story-telling, voice, physicality and text, and culminate in an end of term performance.

Public Performance is at the heart of our Next Stage courses, which are designed for those who’ve done courses or been in plays before but would like to learn more specialised skills and apply them in front of a live audience. Tuesday nights see the return of our popular Improvisation & Comedy course, where students will explore the finer points of stand-up, sketch comedy and improv with seasoned comic professionals such as Bob Hennigan, Conor Geoghegan and Órla Mc Govern, as well as getting to grips with writing and performing their own comic scenes with Sarah O’Toole. Thursday nights are for a more dramatic approach, as theatremaker Conor Geoghegan directs our Scene Study students in scenes and monologues from established play texts. All Next Stage and Young Adult courses culminate in a live showcase performance at the Town Hall Studio in mid-December.

Our Acting for Young Adults will run for 12 weeks. Students can sign up for either a Thursday evening or Saturday morning class, both of which will be taught by Rena Bryson. Anyone between the ages of 13 and 18 are welcome, while classes will be kept small to ensure quality tuition. The first 8 weeks will be spent exploring different acting skills, and there will be 4 weeks of preparation for the showcase performance, where students can get on the stage of a working theatre and share what they have learned with family and friends.

Our extremely popular Acting for Camera course has been extended to 8 weeks and will be taught by film-maker Kenny Gaughan of Little Cinema. This will take place on Wednesday nights and will cover all the basics of working in front of the camera. Suitable for those who have taken a beginner’s course or have a small amount of experience. The course will run over 10 weeks, to allow for students to attend Little Cinema events on the last Wednesday of every month.

We are also in the process of putting together a program of weekend workshops to be announced later in the month - watch this space!

Scroll down for course summaries and to click through to course pages with detailed information, times, start dates and special Early Bird Discounts.


Ennis Actors Workshop

The return of our 8 week Acting for Adults course which takes place on Wednesday nights at Cloughleigh Community Hall from 2nd October. The course is suitable both for beginners and those who have done a little acting but would like to focus on learning more of the craft under the guidance of an experienced acting coach. And this time there will be a showcase performance on the final week to celebrate what we have learned!


Acting for Young Adults

No matter what age you are, we’ll take your acting seriously while creating an atmosphere of serious fun.

Want a drama course that refuses to separate the men/women from the boys/girls? Our brand new 12 week course for people between the ages of 13 and 18 starts in mid-September - with a choice of either Thursday nights or Saturday mornings. Actor-Producer Rena Bryson will bring students through a basic vocabulary of acting skills and techniques which they then put together to create a live performance in the Town Hall Studio.

Perfect for both beginners and those who have been on stage, our young adult courses are particularly suited to students who are interested in learning about the art of acting rather than a more generalised stage school experience.


Beginners Courses for Adults

We have two 6-week beginners’ level courses happening this term, starting on 16th September and 4th November.

Acting 101 is perfect for anyone who's always wanted to give acting a try, who wants to brush up on past skills, or who just wants to build confidence, have fun and meet people. We take you through the basics to working with a script in six weeks, with a lot of laughs along the way!


Acting 201

Want to build on your beginner’s skills before taking one of our Next Stage courses?

This term we have two brand new 6 week continuation level courses for adults, which build on skills encountered in Acting 101, without the pressure or time commitment of a public performance at the end of term.

In Voice and Text, starting Monday 16th September, vocal coach and drama facilitator Conor Graham introduces you to the fascinating world of exploring the human voice through physical exercises, group work, and both poetic and dramatic text.

On Wednesdays from 23rd October, Strengthen Your Acting Skills with theatreamaker John Rogers, will be both a challenging and playful journey through the main elements in an actor’s toolkit.

There are discounts available for students who wish to do both.


The Next Stage

These 12 week courses start in mid-September and are suitable for those who’ve done courses or been in plays before but would like to learn more specialised skills.

Whether it's exploring the fascinating world of comedy with a group of seasoned comic professionals; or playing challenging, meaty roles in scenes from exciting classic contemporary plays under the direction of Conor Geoghegan, we've got you covered.  

All Next Stage courses culminate in a live showcase performance at the Town Hall Studio.

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Acting for Camera

Why not try our new 8 week screen acting course?

This course is perfect for those who have done at least one beginner’s acting course, who are interested in acting for screen and starts on 18th September.

Kenny Gaughan, founder of Little Cinema here in Galway, will bring students through the basics of screen acting, through a combination of movie analysis and practical exercises. Students’ work will be filmed and watched back, and the course will culminate in the filming of a showreel clip, chosen or developed by the student, on the final day.

The course will run over 10 weeks, to allow for students to attend Little Cinema events on the last Wednesday of every month.


Gift Vouchers

Treat the Super Star in your life!

A course of an acting lessons can be a life-changing experience for the person you love. And with one our beautiful gift cards, you can keep that sense of occasion as you watch them open their gift.

We have a choice of two cards which were designed for us by one of our favourite Galway artists - Gala Tomasso at Project Gala.

We love how the playful style in which she draws often adult topics gels perfectly with one of our key missions: bringing that childlike sense of fun alive in a room full of adults!