Two Year Full-Time Intensive Professional Actor Training

Begin your professional acting career at the Gaiety School of Acting

Applications open until January 31st 2020

Apply here for the Full-Time Course

The Gaiety School of Acting offers an intensive two year actor training programme which will prepare you for work as an actor in Ireland and internationally. We are searching for the finest talent who will dedicate two years to our proven conservatory training programme. Your body, imagination, voice and intellect will be tested in an environment that is intensive, yet which prides itself on giving excellent individual support.

At the Gaiety School of Acting you will get the opportunity to work with tutors who are working industry professionals and experts in their field, as you are trained in all aspects of performance. At this school you will be rewarded and challenged, inspired and empowered to make the best possible work you can make. At the end of your time with us, we position you as close to the industry as is possible, while giving you the skills to make and create your own original and dynamic work.

Download the full-time PDF Brochure here

The Gaiety School of Acting is rated nationally and internationally. Our alumni can be seen across every stage and every TV and film studio creating new work, both nationally and internationally. Our international reputation is built on our proven conservatory track record and our graduates are lauded across the globe garnering Tony and Oscar nominations and numerous UK and Irish awards.

Full-time students engage in an intensive regime of physical, emotional and intellectual training with grounding in core courses. Our faculty consists of top practitioners who have trained at a myriad of prestigious international institutions. In addition to the core teaching staff, we also invite visiting professionals to host specialist workshops over the course of your two years with us.

Your training at the Gaiety School of Acting will take in a number of core courses in addition to special projects. Many of these modules will culminate in the performance of public showcases and a graduation play.

First year consists of ‘learning the language’ of acting: inner and outer awareness, performance principles and a full-bodied preparation for physical, intellectual and emotional growth. Second year focuses on ‘speaking and practicing the language’: strengthening and tuning the actor’s instrument while maintaining a strong emphasis on performance, and beginning to present the work to directors, casting directors and agents.


Contemporary Theatre
Manifesto – devising and making your own work
Stage Combat (accredited)
Theatre of Clown
Theatre History
Text Analysis
Film & TV Acting
Acting in Audio
Industry & Production
Casting & Auditioning
Career Guidance


  • Important Dates:

    Applications for 2020 entry are now open until 31st January. Apply here

    First Round Auditions (Week 1): 17th -21st Feb 2020

    First Round Auditions (Week 2): 24th-28th Feb 2020

    Final Round Auditions (Callback Workshops): 23rd-27th March 2020

  • Fees:

    • EU students €4,950 per annum
    • Non-EU students €11,950 per annum
    • Production levy: €500
    • Theatre Visits: €350

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    All our policies are available to read or download here

    Applicants must be over 18 years of age when the programme begins in September.


Our graduates are prolific on stage and screen, both nationally and internationally. Graduates of the full-time actor training programme include Aidan Turner, Sarah Greene, Charlie Murphy, Colin Farrell. You can learn more about what our recent graduates have been up to here or puruse all our graduates here.