Galway Actors Workshop


 Two New Beginners Courses Starting on Thursday March 7th!


Spring Term 2019

The New Year is the Perfect Time to Explore Different Versions of Yourself!

At Galway Actors Workshop we deliver a broad range of drama classes to adults at different levels of experience. Our Acting 101 course on Thursday nights with Barry Hopkins is 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. Our brand-new Acting 201 course with Sarah O’Toole, also on Thursdays, builds on skills encountered in Acting 101 and is perfect for those who aren’t in a position to do the public performance that comes with The Next Stage. Each course is 6 weeks long and we have a second round of both courses starting on March 7th.

With our Next Stage courses we have plenty to offer 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. On Monday nights, John Rogers and Zita Monahan-McGowan will be devising original work in The Body is Present & the Heart is at Play. On Monday nights, students will explore the finer points of stand-up, sketch comedy and improv with seasoned comic professionals such as Bob Hennigan and Órla Mc Govern in Improvisation & Comedy. On Tuesday nights, students of our Scene Study course will be directed by Fregoli Theatre’s Maria Tivnan as they prepare scenes and monologues from established tests for performance. As being on stage is key to developing as an actor, all Next Stage courses culminate in a live showcase performance at the Town Hall Studio.

Finally we are very excited to announce a 6-week Acting for Camera course with Luke Morgan of Morgan Creative and Project Spatula. 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.

While most courses started in late January, and will start enrolling again soon for after Easter, our two beginners courses have a second round that starts on 7th March, with an Early Bird Discount rate if you pay before 28th February. All courses will take place at the Anno Santo Hotel, Salthill, Galway from 7 to 10pm.

Scroll down for course summaries and to click through to course pages with detailed information.


Beginners Courses

We have two 6-week beginners’ level courses happening this term, starting on 24th Jan and 7th March!

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?

We have designed a brand new continuation beginners’ level course to follow on from Acting 101, building on skills encountered there, without the pressure or time commitment of a public performance at the end of term.

Keeping the spirit of play and group exploration, the group will encounter games and exercises from several major theatre directors and thinkers, while exploring the world of a single great play text over 6 weeks.

Like with Acting 101, we will have two rounds of this course, starting 24th January and 7th March.


The Next Stage

Our 12 week improvers courses, start either the third or fourth week of January 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 devising original work with John Rogers and Zita Monahan-McGowan from Moonfish (one of Ireland's most exciting up-and-coming theatre companies); 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 Maria Tivnan of Fregoli Theatre, we've got you covered.  

All Next Stage courses culminate in a live showcase performance at the Town Hall Studio or Black Gate Cultural Centre.


Acting for Camera

Why not try our new 6 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.

Luke Morgan (Project Spatula/Morgan Creative/The Theatre Room) will cover the basics of working in front of the camera over 4 weeks, with students applying the skills learned by filming a scene or monologue over the final two weeks.

The course takes place from 6th February to 13th March.


Below: Images by Stuart Mackey from our most recent production “The Government Inspector”, directed by James Riordan, Christmas 2018


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!