Galway Actors Workshop


New courses for the Summer Term including courses for Young Adults and in Ennis!


Summer Term 2019

Things are really moving and shaking here at the Galway Actors Workshop headquarters! With a brand new course starting in Ennis, and a jam-packed Summer Term of courses in Galway, we’ve got something for adults at all levels of experience, all along the Western Seaboard! Due to popular demand, we are also really excited to announce our first term of courses for young adults, which will take place (for now) in Galway.

As we’ve had far too many students driving from places as far afield as Limerick and Clare, and then having to negotiate Galway traffic, we’re delighted to announce that Ennis Actors Workshop will commence with an 8 week Acting for Adults course which takes place on Wednesday nights at Cloughleigh Community Hall from early May. The course is suitable for beginners and those who have done a little acting but want to learn specific skills related to character, relationships, objectives, space, ensemble, story-telling, voice, physicality and text.

Acting for Young Adults will also run for 8 weeks, with courses at the Anno Santo on Wednesday nights, taught by the talented actor-producer Rena Bryson (Eva’s Echo) and Saturday mornings, taught by the vibrant actor-comedian Barry Hopkins. These will have a very similar format to Acting for Adults, as we don’t see any need to treat those under 18 any differently! Students will be held to the same professional standards and treated as prospective artists, while classes will be kept small to ensure quality tuition. Anyone between the ages of 13 and 18 are welcome.

Our regular adult courses based at the Anno Santo will continue as usual, with two rounds of Acting 101 and Acting 201 taking place. Each course is 6 weeks long and we have a second round of both courses starting mid-July. Acting 101, taught by Barry Hopkins, will be on Monday nights, and 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. Acting 201, will be taught first by one of Galway’s most exciting directors Maria Tivnan (Fregoli) on Thursday nights, and then by actor/improviser/physical performer extraordinaire Conor Geoghegan on Monday nights. It will build 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, but would like to depend their experience of the craft.

With our two Next Stage courses this term, 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. 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 our very own director, Sarah O’TooleSarah, along with voice teacher, the super-inspiring, Conor Graham, will also be teaching our Scene Study course on Thursday nights, where students will strengthen their voices and enhance their skills in working with text as they prepare scenes and monologues from established play texts 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 in mid-August.

We’re delighted to announce the return of our extremely popular 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.

And finally, our Perform in a Play course is returning also, with a production of a full-scale play to be performed at the Town Hall Studio between 9th and 11th September! The play will be directed by theatremaker and current 2020 Make-A-Move participant John Rogers, and will be chosen specifically for the group once it has assembled. This course starts in early July, will take place initially on Thursday nights but there will be extra rehearsals towards the end, and is for students with some experience (maybe you’ve done a couple of classes before), so send us an expression of interest if you’d like to take part. This will be a particularly special production as it will be our ten-year anniversary in September!

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

Our brand new 8 week Acting for Adults course takes place on Wednesday nights at Cloughleigh Community Hall from early May. 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.


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 8 week course for people between the ages of 13 and 18 starts in early May and follows the same curriculum as our Acting for Adults course - with a choice of Wednesday nights and Saturday mornings to cater for busy schedules.

Perfect for both beginners and those with some stage experience, as our staff of theatre professionals will get deep into the craft of performance.


Beginners Courses for Adults

We have two 6-week beginners’ level courses happening this term, starting on 13th May and 15th July!

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 for adults 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 13th May and 15th July.


The Next Stage

Our 12 week improvers courses, start the second week of May 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 Sarah O’Toole, with additional voice coaching by Conor Graham, 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.

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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 12th June to 17th July.


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 Autumn production will be directed by theatre-maker John Rogers. John’s work has been seen at Galway Theatre Festival, the Dublin Fringe Festival and Cork Midsummer Festival. His shows include TeaP.I.S.C.E.S.ARTIST SCIENTIST PRIEST and Decision Problem [Good Time for Questions]. He has recently been named one of Galway 2020’s National Make a Move participants.

The course will be by application and the play chosen after an initial group workshop on Thursday 4th July. The play itself will take place at the Town Hall Studio from 9th to 11th September. 


This image of John Rogers by Marta Barcikowska

Below: Images from our course work during Spring 2019. Photos by Maria Tivnan and Barry Hopkins.