The IES Abroad Intensive Acting Program gives you an intensive, practical approach to performance.
Over the course of the summer, you will come to know Dublin's winding streets and unique charm through a variety of culturally enriching opportunities. The program offers enrollment at the acclaimed Gaiety School of Acting-National Theatre School of Ireland, housing in fully-equipped student apartments, and field trips throughout the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.
Courses are taught by Gaiety School of Acting-National Theatre School of Ireland (GSA-NTSI) and IES Abroad instructors. These courses are held at the GSA-NTSA and IES Abroad Center, and are worth 6 credits total.
Important note: A core value espoused by The Gaiety School of Acting-National Theatre School of Ireland is ensemble. This program is physically and emotionally demanding and all students participate fully in all aspects of the training process.
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 experience possible—which includes the highest quality academic and cultural experiences.
Designed for theater students seeking an intensive, practical approach to performance, this program lets you immerse yourself in a conservatory-style acting program. All courses are required and are taught at the Gaiety School of Acting-National Theatre School of Ireland and IES Abroad.
You earn 6 credits total.
Worth 4 credits total:
Worth 2 credits:
TH394 Theater Workshop
IES Abroad Dublin organizes field study trips that complement what you’re learning in the classroom, and contribute to your general knowledge of Irish culture and society.
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.
In Dublin, you live in a student apartment located in residental Dublin. Apartments are shared by three to five students, and consist of a fully-equipped kitchen, two or three bedrooms, and a common area.
Apartments are completely furnished and have WiFi Internet access. All apartments are within walking distance of on a direct bus line to the Gaiety School of Acting-National Theatre School of Ireland and IES Abroad.
You are responsible for your own meals, and can prepare your own food at home or eat at local, inexpensive restaurants.
Part of making you feel at home in Amsterdam 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.
You will take a guided tour around the IES Abroad Center and areas of interest in Dublin. You will be introduced to student life in the city and integration into Irish society and culture.
IES Abroad Dublin offers two optional three-day field trips, from which you choose one. These field trips are subsidized by IES Abroad, and you will be responsible for a portion of the cost. In past semesters, destinations have included:
Take a famous “Black Cab Tour” of Belfast and visit Dunluce Castle, Bushmills Distillery, and the Giant’s Causeway, a World Heritage site.
Visit the area’s two lakes and monastic ruins.
Visit Killary Harbour and take a day-long scenic bike tour from Achill Island towards Westport, Co. Mayo.
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