Two Year Full-Time Professional Actor Training

Professional Actor Training Programme

Learn more at our Open Evening December 16th – Register Here. 

The Gaiety School of Acting has been training actors since 1986 and continue to offer the highest quality actor training that will prepare you to work as an actor in Ireland and beyond. 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.


  • Acting
  • Shakespeare
  • Contemporary Theatre
  • Improvisation
  • Manifesto – devising and making your own work
  • Voice
  • Singing
  • Movement
  • Viewpoints
  • Stage Combat (accredited)
  • Dance/Tap
  • Mime
  • Theatre of Clown
  • Theatre History
  • Text Analysis
  • Film & TV Acting
  • Cabaret
  • Acting in Audio
  • Industry & Production
  • Casting & Auditioning
  • Career Guidance





Stage Combat



Acting in Audio



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. 


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Applicants must be over 18 years old when the programme begins. Please do NOT apply if you are not turning 18 before 1st October 2022.

Applications now open for the class beginning Octoer 2022.  Apply here now. 


  • EU students €4,950 per annum
  • Non-EU students €11,950 per annum
  • Production levy: €500
  • Theatre Visits: €350
  • €50 application fee