Galway Actors Workshop




Autumn Term 2018


Autumn in the perfect time to get yourself out of the house and into the limelight!

At Galway Actors Workshop we deliver a broad range of drama classes to adults at different levels of experience. Our Acting 101course on Wednesday nights is perfect 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.

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 Tuesday nights, Sarah O'Toole will be exploring different approaches to comic performance in Improvisation & Comedy. On Thursday nights, also run by Sarah, Performing the Text incorporates voice and text work as students 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.

If you'd like perform in a meaningful challenging role under the direction of a seasoned professional director in a full-length play, consider joining our Play Performance course on Wednesday nights. We're delighted to have James Riordan back to direct our Christmas production. 

And after piloting a new course this Summer which is designed to get you fired up about bringing more creativity into your every day life, we've gone one bigger and designed a very special 8-week Creative Odyssey in collaboration with some very fine Galway artists on Wednesday nights starting in October. For this course you don't need to be interested in acting at all, just a curiosity about expanding your personal horizons and a willingness to explore different art-forms with some fabulous guest tutors. It's playtime for adults!

All courses except our second Acting 101 have already started and generally take place at the Anno Santo Hotel, Salthill, Galway from 7 to 10pm. Many of the courses will start back again in January. Acting 101 will start Wednesday 7th November and runs for six weeks. There is an Early Bird Discount if you book before midnight on Wednesday 31st October.

Scroll down to find out more about courses and booking information.


Beginners Courses

We have two beginners level Acting 101 courses happening this term - one on 24th September and the other on 7th November. 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!


A Creative Odyssey

In addition to our acting courses, we want to create a space for those who don't necessarily want to become actors, but would like a new approach to furthering their personal development and nurturing their physical and mental wellbeing.

This eight week course, running from 3rd October to 28th November is facilitated by Sarah O'Toole, with a various guest tutors, and investigates the fertile ground between living creatively and practising an art. We explore a variety of art forms and students are guided to reflect on the techniques and practices encountered as ways to engage with and think about everyday life.

This course is also designed for any artist who is looking to create a rich and sustainable artistic practice.


The Next Stage

All of our 12 week improvers courses, start the third week of 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 devising original work with John Rogers and Zita Monahan-McGowan from Moonfish (one of Ireland's most exciting up-and-coming theatre companies); exploring your funny side with Sarah O'Toole while you get to grips with improv, stand up, comedy sketch-writing and classic comic texts; or playing challenging, meaty roles in scenes from exciting contemporary plays under the direction of a seasoned professional, we've got you covered.  All Next Stage courses culminate in a live showcase performance at the Town Hall Studio.


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!


Perform in a Play

Performance is at the heart of becoming an actor and at Galway Actors Workshop we strive to provide opportunities for our students to work with talented professionals on challenging plays and learn the discipline and joy of being on stage. Our Christmas production will be directed by James Riordan, one of Galway's most exciting theatre makers and physical performers and will run at the Town Hall Studio in the lead up to Christmas with dates to be confirmed. The course will be by application and the play chosen after an initial group workshop on Wednesday 26th September. Some extra rehearsal will be involved. 



Directed by James Riordan

When Jason, the hero whom she has helped win the Golden Fleece and to whom she has born two children, decides to marry another woman - the broken-hearted Medea exacts a terrible revenge.

With his inimitable physical flair and ensemble style, James Riordan directs the students of Galway Actors Workshop in this classic Greek tragedy from Euripides.

Town Hall Studio, 8,30PM

4th, 5th, 7th, 8th September (no show on 6th)


Upcoming Courses, News & Events


Acting Courses for Teens
Coming Soon

Due to a large volume of enquiries regarding courses for teenagers, we are pleased to announce that we will be running courses for teenagers at the weekends and during the Summer. Click below to hear about the courses as soon as they are announced!

 Image from Canva

Image from Canva

Acting in the Real World
Online Courses Coming Soon

We are currently working on free content to support the learning of students both local and international, as well as structured online courses for purchase which deal with different aspects of performance - both for use in personal life and on stage. Click below to keep updated.

 Photo by  Kelan Chad  on  Unsplash

Photo by Kelan Chad on Unsplash

Casting News Galway
Facebook Group/Newsletter

We get contacted a lot by people who are looking for actors in the West of Ireland, and this Summer we even managed to get a student a role in a major film! With our upcoming Facebook Group and Newsletter we want to develop this side of what we do. Students old and new, click here.