We have three improvers' level Next Stage courses happening this term - one starting the week commencing 21st January and the other two starting the following week. Each of these courses will pick up on a different aspect of things we have covered in Acting 101 & Acting 201, but they are also perfect for anyone who has done any form of drama course or been on stage before, and doesn’t need to do a beginner’s level course.

Our Next Stage courses give the student an opportunity to focus their attention on a specific performance skill and learn to apply it in front of a live audience. As the classes all happen on different days, there is the opportunity for students who want more intensive training, to do two or all three courses at a discount rates. 

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

 
 

The Body is Present & the Heart is at Play

Devising Original Work with John Rogers and Zita Monahan- McGowan

Mondays, 7 to 10pm

This 12-session intensive course focuses on helping the players explore and develop how to harness their bodies and their imaginations individually and as a group as a means of devising original theatre work which will then be performed live.

The facilitators (John Rogers, independent theatremaker and Zita Monahan-McGowan, independent theatremaker & Moonfish) have between them a wealth of experience in devising, performing, teaching and workshopping. They will empower and inspire the course participants (who are referred to as players, performers and artists, as opposed to students) to find the creativity that lies in the heart of all of us. The players will further develop their past work on presence and use this experience of finding the best version of themselves onstage to work together to create a performance that is unique to them. The facilitators will use a myriad of theatre exercises, games and theory tailored to foster a challenging and fun environment. They will invite the players to bring their own inspiration from theatre and other art forms and facets of their own lives and the players will be guided in finding their own content and themes. Together with the players, all will learn how to work as an effective ensemble, in the creation of a brand new theatre piece, complete in its beginning, middle and end, which will be performed in the Town Hall Studio on 24th April.

Starts 28th January, Anno Santo Hotel, Salthill, Galway

Cost: €320 or €300 (student/unwaged) with an Early Bird Discount of €300/280 (student/unwaged) if you pay before 17th September.

For more enquiries or to book, call Sarah on 087 237 3531, contact us here or email galwayactorsworkshop@gmail.com

 

 

Improvisation & Comedy

Explore your Funny Side with Órla Mc Govern, Bob Hennigan, Sarah O'Toole and more.

Mondays, 7 to 10pm

This 12-session intensive course is an immersion into the world of comedy, culminating in a live comedy showcase at the end of term.

After two successful pilot terms earlier in 2019 we're taking our comedy course to the next level, with guest lecturers in Stand Up (Bob Hennigan), Improv (Órla Mc Govern), Physical Comedy (TBC) and Sarah O’Toole (Sketch Writing). We loosen our tongues and quicken our wits from the outset with some comedy improvisation, before developing some skills sketch writing and stand up. More improv and sessions in physical comedy will help us to embody those ideas before we bring them all together and rehearse for our showcase performance which will take place in a perfect comedy club environment in the Black Gate in mid-April.

Starts 21st January, Anno Santo Hotel, Salthill, Galway

Cost: €320 or €300 (student/unwaged) with an Early Bird Discount of €300/280 (student/unwaged) if you pay before 17th January.

For more enquiries or to book, call Sarah on 087 237 3531, or email galwayactorsworkshop@gmail.com

 

 

Scene Study

Tackle Challenging Roles in Scenes from Classic and Contemporary Plays with Maria Tivnan

Tuesdays, 7 to 10pm

This 12-session intensive gets students into the nitty gritty of working with text and builds rehearsal skills as students prepare scenes and monologues from some of the world’s most exciting plays!

One of our most popular courses, this has been many a student's first experience performing on stage in front of an audience and we always aim to make it a special one! We have also had many experienced performers who want to hone their skills in taking direction, get more out of reading the script and bring more to the floor in rehearsal.

This term we are really excited to offer students an opportunity to be directed in scenes from classic and contemporary plays by Fregoli Theatre’s Maria Tivnan. Fregoli has been producing exciting new work and touring it around Ireland for over ten years. After some initial exploratory workshops, students will then be cast, and the rest of the term will be spent in rehearsal for a showcase performance which will be performed in the Town Hall Studio on 26th April. Under Maria’s bold, individual approach, the process from page to stage promises to be a fun one!

Starts 29th January, Anno Santo Hotel, Salthill, Galway

Cost: €320 or €300 (student/unwaged) with an Early Bird Discount of €300/280 (student/unwaged) if you pay before 17th January.

For more enquiries or to book, call Sarah on 087 237 3531 or email galwayactorsworkshop@gmail.com