Earn 3 credits in approximately three weeks when you study abroad with us on our January Term program in Dublin!
Dublin’s lively theatre scene dates to the mid-17th century when plays were produced at Smock Alley Theatre, on the south bank of the River Liffey. This theatre has been redeveloped on its original site, with state-of-the-art performance spaces, and now serves as home to the Gaiety School of Acting - National Theatre School of Ireland, where you'll enroll.
Join Ireland’s theatre tradition at Smock Alley and explore plays from ancient Greece to present-day Ireland. Your training investigates the theatrical elements of space, the body, language, and the dramatic text to support your development in the craft of performance.
We want you to feel at home in Dublin, so we do everything we can to help you integrate into life in the city. Welcome to study abroad!
After you are admitted, refer to the Travel Dates section of the Predeparture Information in your MyIESabroad account before booking travel.
Our mission is simple: to provide you with the best study abroad program in Dublin possible—which includes the highest quality academic and cultural experiences.
We offer a unique program through the Gaiety School of Acting that explores Acting and Theater through an in-depth and hands-on approach. Through our study abroad program, world-class professors enhance your academic experience and provide you with new perspectives both in and out of class.
You take one course for a total of 3 credits. The Acting course consists of conservatory-style training with voice, movement, and improvisation.
GSA TH PERF Theatre Performance
We want to make sure that your greatest challenge is deciding which landmarks to see first or discovering the best restaurants—not finding a place to live where you feel comfortable. We do our best to locate housing that is reflective of how the local students are living. Our goal is that when you leave Dublin, it will feel like home.
Apartments - Live in an apartment in a residential area of Dublin that is within walking distance or a short bus ride from the IES Abroad Center and the GSA-NTSI. You share a bedroom and live with other IES Abroad students. Meals are not provided, but you have access to a full kitchen to prepare your meals. Apartments are fully furnished and include Internet access. Linens are provided.
Part of making you feel at home in Dublin is doing our best to help you feel safe and cared for. Whether it’s the orientation program that prepares you for what’s ahead, your housing that is well-located and comfortable, or the field trips that take you to places off the beaten path—we’re all about our student services. This is just one of the things we’re known for.
After arrival in Dublin, you participate in an orientation program which introduces them to the city of Dublin, the Dublin J-term program, and student life in the city.
Complementing the training course is attendance at performances in Dublin’s many theatre venues. Possible venues include:
Visits to other cultural attractions also are planned, such as the James Joyce Museum, the National Museum of Ireland, and the Book of Kells in the historic library of Trinity College Dublin.
Dr. Ashley TaggartIES Abroad Center Director
Ashley Taggart has directed IES Abroad Dublin since it opened in Summer 2000. He previously lectured at IES Abroad London for five years. He holds a master's degree in Renaissance Literature and a doctorate in Modern Drama from the University of York. Originally from Belfast in Northern Ireland, he has written short stories and screenplays.
IES Abroad Staff
Claire GannonStudent Welfare Officer
Megan MarkeyAssistant Director
Regina FitzpatrickIrish Studies
Master of Arts, University College Dublin Researcher, Gaelic Athletic Association, Boston College
Dr. Sara KeatingTheatreLecturer, University College Dublin, Theatre Critic, “Irish Times”
Dr. Darren KellyAnthropology
St. Patrick's College Lecturer, St. Patrick's College
Actor/Writer for Theater Graduate of ALRA Licenciate, Guildhall School of Music and Drama
Stephen McMahonCreative Writing and Literature
Master of Arts, Queen's University Belfast, Senior English Tutor and Lecturer, St. Patrick's College, Dublin City University
Dr. Michael MurrayPeace and Conflict Studies
Doctor of Social Science, National University of Ireland, Maynooth Researcher, Lecturer, National University Maynooth
Brendan O'BrienPeace and Conflict Studies
Master of Arts, University of Ulster Journalist, RTE, Newstalk 106 Lecturer, University College Dublin
Dr. Gillian O'BrienHistory
Doctor of Philosophy, University of Liverpool Lecturer, St. Patrick's College, Dublin City University
Michelle PiazzaIrish Studies
Master of Arts, University of Leeds, Doctoral Candidate Lecturer, University College Dublin
Séamus WhiteIrish Studies and InternshipsMaster of Business and Science, University College Dublin; Master of Arts, Dublin City University