The Gaiety School of Acting

The National Theatre School of Ireland




Body & Soul has come and gone, Longitude is up next and we have already started packing outfits for Electric Picnic ☺

But to put you in the mood for next term’s modules and to get those creative juices flowing we have two festivals in the immediate future looking for eager volunteers to lend a helping hand…but before you whip your hair back and forth like its last years cast offs #TotesCringe

See whats it in for you – don’t follow the pack and be the norm – let your voice be heard and stand forward and be counted as a GAZER or FRINGER this Summer/Autumn Festival Season.. you will never know where your career may take you just by applying

First Up on this 2 for 1 offer … …


GAZE International LGBT Film Festival – August Bank Holiday Weekend – 3rd – 7th

Ireland biggest LGBT event outside of Pride GAZE has played a vital and important socio-role in letting queer voices been heard. With its inception in 1992 along side decriminalisation GAZE paved the way for celebrating those who fought before us and remembering how far we have come and have to come in order to be accepted as equals.

With its 25th Silver Jubilee already launched and full swing we echo those fearless pioneers, toast our successes and achievements and look forward on the path of those future voices who will carry our legacy. So join us at the Lighthouse Cinema Smithfield – We Are Family After All – Please find application attached – return completed to volunteers@gaze.ieclosing date is July 19th ☺ #GAZE25


Next On The Performing Arts Festival Calendar … … ….


Dublin Fringe Festival – September 9th – 24th – Where? Just ALL OVER Dublin City

Well into becoming a National Institution Dublin Fringe Festival is as relevant and fresh to first time performers, artists, producers and writers – showcasing the best in new Irish talent and inviting over the most innovative and creative International Acts.

For over twenty years Fringe has been bringing the unexpected, the unaccepted, the mesmerising, the totally head scratching, the unheard of and the most mentioned of Spoken Word, Live Art, Spectacle, Comedy, Theatre & Outdoor Nirvana. Volunteering with Fringe is never a straightforward affair with shifts that can have you stewarding a Brass Band upon a roof top of city centre car park, to minding a horse to corralling audiences into a shipping container for a daylight rave.  One thing for sure is it’s never going to be boring during those two weeks in Sept.

So why not take a change and volunteer – you never know it would be the beginning of a beautiful friendship with the Performing Arts in Dublin – Please find application attached – return completed to volunteers@fringefest.comclosing date is August 16th ☺ #GetYourFringeOn


“Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks

breaking rules, making mistakes, and having fun.”

– Anonymous


Commedia dell’Arte Masterclass: Sun 26th Feb

“More than any other, the Commedia dell’Arte is the genre of theatre that expresses the present as it moves.”– Antonio Fava


Originating in Renaissance Italy and translating as “theatre of the professional”, Commedia dell’Arte is distinguished by its character types and use of masks, physical comedy and improvisation.


Commedia dell’Arte is known for its swift pace and wit – encouraging actors’ imaginations, swift thinking and the physical discipline to create this type of rehearsed improvised theatre.
The style has had an lasting influence on Shakespeare, Molière and performing arts such as opera, vaudeville, musical theatre, improv comedy. You can even spot it’s influence on the modern sitcom.
Led by actor, teacher, director and writer Ronan Dempsey, this one-day masterclass will excite, enthrall and inform your performances in all styles far beyond Commedia.


Book now for this workshop on Sunday 26th February
Time: 10.00am – 6.00pm
at The Gaiety School of Acting, Essex St West, Temple Bar, D8
Cost €100.00

Voice Conference for Actors open for Registration

Helena Walsh, who teaches voice at the GSA, is co directing an International Voice Festival, the 4th International Freedom and Focus Fitzmaurice Voicework Conference which will be taking place from the 14th to the 18th July 2016 in Dance House, Dublin.

Fitzmaurice Voicework Teaching Professionals and artists from around the world will present five days of voice workshops and three evenings of international performances that demonstrate the breadth and depth of this work throughout the world. There will be a total of thirty different workshops over the week to choose from. Each participant can choose up to three a day. Local and International performance companies will present at the evening festival, at Smock Alley and it will be finished with a wonderful gala banquet on the final evening!

This conference is growing in numbers, with over 80 registered, 50 from overseas and we would love Dublin to be the biggest one yet! We really want all of Ireland to be represented at the conference. Helena , who is co-directing this conference, has managed to secure a special price for local artists across all the performing arts disciplines.

Those who work in the profession can avail of a special price of 250.00. (The normal price is 430.00). This is a special price for actors and those in the arts working freelance.
Please note that we are trying to be equitable and therefore if you are in full time employment the full fee will apply.

We are aware of people’s financial constraints so we hope that this reduced fee will give you the opportunity to attend this wonderful 5 day festival. We have a limited number of reduced rates for local artists and it is on a first come, first served basis.

Please check out the website for further information on the conference and to register for the reduced fee.

Sky Academy Arts Scholarship 2016

Applications now open & Dublin Briefing Event Confirmed for Sky Academy Arts Scholarship 2016

€40k fund for an emerging Irish artist aged 18-30

Dublin Briefing Event : The Liquor Rooms, 7 Wellington Quay, Dublin 2

5.00-7.00pm, Wednesday 13 January 2016

Sky Academy Arts Scholarships are back, offering €40,000 funding and mentoring to a talented artist aged 18-30 based in Ireland. We’re delighted to confirm that Business to Arts is working with Sky Academy to support the application process and selection here in Ireland. Run in partnership with Hiive, the aim of the scholarships is to give young people the time, space and money they need to develop their creative practice and unlock their potential.

A Briefing Session in Dublin on Wednesday 13 January 2016 will guide potential applicants through the application process, giving tips and hints on how best to communicate their creative vision in the materials submitted. The briefing session will be attended by Sky Academy and Hiive representatives who will travel from the UK, as well as the Ambassador for the Irish application process, Kris Nelson, Director of Tiger Dublin Fringe, and 2015 Irish Scholarship winner, visual artist Kevin Gaffney. Kris Nelson will screen Irish applications to help create the shortlist and sit in on interviews in Dublin, and so will be able to give useful insight into how and why particular applications stood out to the panel last year.

Each artist will receive £30,000/€40,000 towards the development of an artistic project and the cost of living for one year, along with mentoring from senior Sky staff and professionals from the arts industry. In addition, the artists will receive a short film about their project and practice, and wider developmental support from Sky and Hiive. Four scholarships will be awarded to artists living in the UK and one scholarship will be awarded to an artist living in Ireland.

Applications are now open – to apply, artists will need to be a member of Hiive and submit an idea for an artistic project under one of the following six categories: Music, Dance, Visual Art, Theatre and Comedy, Film Production and Creative Producing. Applications can be either written or filmed, simply click here to visit the Hiive Competitions page for more information. Applications must be received by 5.00pm on Thursday 10 March 2016. Shortlisted artists will be interviewed in Dublin in May. The winners will be announced at the South Bank Awards in June.

Please let us know if you would like to attend the Briefing on 13 January 2016. Please also pass this information on to others in your network who might apply or spread the word.

Volunteers needed for Audi Dublin International Film Festival



With a bigger battalion than The Hobbit: Battle of The Five Armies and a more loyal following than that of Spartacus our Volunteers Programme is host to one of the most exciting and exclusive seats in the house for Irelands Premier Cinematic Event this coming February.

Each year sees a return of a ‘Thanks Giving Family Reunion’ proportions as well as a new wave of interest both nationwide and from aboard, of enthusiastic and committed applicants. This army of ‘cinema soldiers’ can be found both on the ‘battlefronts’ of our various venues and behind the scenes at many of our events, who selflessly give up their free time to make sure that our audiences enjoy their festival experience.

They can be found from all ages, occupations and nationalities, generously lending themselves to staffing various departments and venues for the festival period. They can be found everywhere from the lobbies welcoming the patrons, to assisting with back of house duties with box office and production, to liaising with our guests in hospitality.

Here at DIFF we pride ourselves on creating a close knit all inclusive family environment for our volunteers. Each year sees, not only new volunteers from near and abroad offering their services but the festival also sees many returning for their annual volunteering shift with the us, bringing with them a wealth of knowledge, enthusiasm and love for what the festival is trying to achieve with its audience.

Volunteering is a fantastic way to experience the cinematic celebration that the festival brings to Dublin each year, and presents a wonderful opportunity to gain first hand experience into how an event of this scale is managed and organised. But not only this, volunteering becomes a community that lives beyond the festival, evolving into both social and professional circles in The Arts.
How to volunteer with Audi Dublin International Film Festival?

With a new year and a new sponsor comes a new programme and new exciting opportunities for volunteers to get involved with the festival. Don’t get left on side of the red carpet, help celebrate the story and share the adventure.

Download our application from December 16th for 2016’s festival 2016 DIFF APPLICATION PDF
and email it back to us by January 20th 2016. Any questions, comments or queries please do not hesitate to contact us at
The Volunteers Department,
Audi Dublin International Film Festival,
DIFF House
13, Lower Ormond Quay,
Dublin 2

Deadline for Applications is Friday the 15th of January 2016 by 5pm sharp.

Company of Wolves, Physical Theatre Winter Training

Winter Training is a chance for professional performers, artists, and students to immerse themselves in Company of Wolves’ unique body-centred approach to performance.
Based on our work in contemporary improvisation, voice, and Polish laboratory theatre, our training uses movement, song and text to:
• search for ways to be more fully awake and alive in the moment of performance, and for ways to give ourselves fully to our work, our partners and the audience; and
• awaken the impulses and imagination of the body, and explore how to give these expression in voice, movement and speech.
Winter Training is five days of intense physical, vocal and energetic training: a moment of renewal, a rediscovery of performance as practice, and a reconnection to our sources of inspiration, at the turn of the year.

Company of Wolves is Scotland’s only laboratory theatre.
We make performances that use elements of theatre, dance, music, and improvisation to inspire, challenge and question. We search for what delights us: the catch in the throat, the knot in the stomach, the shiver down the spine.
For more information about us, visit our website at

An intensive 5-day physical theatre workshop
led by Company of Wolves
6-10 January 2016 / 10 – 5pm daily
Centre for Contemporary Arts
350 Sauchiehall St.
Glasgow G2 3JD

Please submit your application online via this link:

Fee: £200 / £180 early bird discount if deposit received by 10 December 2015
If accepted, a £100 non-refundable deposit is required to secure your place.
For any questions, please contact Anna at
Winter Training 2016 is delivered with thanks to Creative Scotland and CCA, Glasgow.




Fortune’s Fool Productions is at it again with a raucous production of Shakespeare’s most sexist (and possibly sexiest) comedy, The Taming of the Shrew. Nothing is ever as it seems with these Fools, who have (sex) changed Bill’s play – but not how you would expect – into (Not a Traditional) Taming of the Shrew. Is post Marriage Referendum, post Gender Self-Designation, Dublin ready for such a show? Come and find out.

Set in the other fair city of Padua, Katherina’s younger sister, Bianca, is the most sought after bride in town, but her father has vowed that Bianca cannot marry until her older sister, Katherina, the shrew, becomes a wife. The hunt is on to find a tamer and set Bianca free to be woo’d (or bought) by the most worthy suitor.

You can expect the unexpected in this hysterical (and sometimes troubling) interpretation of Taming. Save the dates in your calendar and pray for good weather:

6, 7, 10, 11, 12, 13 & 14 AUGUST – 7PM Curtain – Show finishes by 9PM

8, 9, 15 & 16 AUGUST – 3PM Curtain – Show finishes by 5PM

Admission is FREE! Access to the performances is from the Clonmel Street entrance. Bring a blanket or tarp to sit on, a picnic supper (just remember alcohol is not permitted in the park) and enjoy the show! Keep up with all the highlights of the production and get more information by joining our Facebook event.

The cast includes The Gaiety School of Acting’s Class of 2015 grads; Caoimhe Mulcahy, Ethan Dillon, Fergus Mulligan, Diana Melo and Sonja Nedovic. Along with Class of 2016 students; Louis Deslis, Juliette Crosbie and Desmond Eastwood. And Muireann D’Arcy – Class of 2012. For the full cast list and actor bios see here:

About Fortune’s Fool Productions

Fortune’s Fool Productions is a professional theatre company and one of Ireland’s leading outdoor theatre performance groups. Audiences are still talking about their stunning productions of Much Ado About Nothing and Romeo & Juliet (Unplugged). Company members have included Muiris Crawley (Pilgrim Hill-film, The Shadow of a Gunman-The Abbey), Rickie O’Neill (Once-Olympia Theatre), Amilia Clarke Stewart (Katy O’ Brien-Fair City, Leper & Chip-Edinburgh Festival), and Connal Keating (Leper & Chip – Edinburgh Festival). This past April, they came in doors to produce the Irish premier of Gidion’s Knot that was hailed by LeCool Magazine as “[an] engrossing [and] rare performance…not to be missed.”

Fingal Film Festival 2015 – Submissions

FINAL CALL FOR submission as the deadline approaches FAST, the Fingal Film Festival team are overwhelmed with the response of filmmakers in this, the fourth year of the festival.  June 30th 2015 is the final day of the submissions and the festival organisers and staff want to extend their congratulations to all the filmmakers who have submitted material to date.

We have eight awards up for grabs this year, which will be presented on the final night of the festival at our awards ceremony on Sunday 27th September 2015 in the Radisson Blu Hotel Dublin Airport. These prizes have been sponsored by organisations such as TG4, Film Equipment Hire Ireland, BAI (Broadcasting Authority of Ireland) Foras na Gaeilge and many more, consisting of prizes ranging from cash – film equipment to broadcasting of films. Awards this year are in the following categories for 2015:
· Best Fingal Newcomer Media Award – Sponsors Cash Prize
· Best Short Film
· Best International Film
· Best Animation Film
· Best Student Film – Sponsors BAI & Film Equipment Ireland voucher worth 1000.00 euro
· Best Documentary
· Best Feature Film
· Best Irish Language Film – Sponsors TG4 & Foras na Gaeilge winning film will be broadcast on TG4 plus cash prize
The Organizers of the Festival have a great line up of workshops and events throughout this year’s three day event. The full festival schedule will be announced in the coming months, once all submitted films have been selected.

The Festival screenings will be held at Movies@Swords this year and promises to screen some of the best local and international films from around the world dates 25th – 27th September 2015 .

For more information on how to submit your film please visit

Volunteers needed for GAZE International LGBT Film Festival


To coin a cliché, Volunteering is like a good pair of Manolo Blahniks – they complete the outfit!

Our Volunteers are an enthusiastic, committed ‘family’ from The House of Gaze, filled full of sass, feathers, integrity and glittered good humour, who selflessly give up their free time to make sure that our audiences enjoy their Bank Holiday Festival Experience. They can be found from all ages, occupations, identities & backgrounds, generously lending themselves to staffing various departments and venues for the festival period. Their passion can be felt everywhere from the lobbies welcoming the patrons, to assisting with back of house duties with the Festival Hub and admin & production roles, to liaising with our guests in hospitality.

Volunteering is more than just a fantastic to experience the cinematic celebration that the festival brings to Dublin each year, but its presents a chance for those involved to become a ‘community’ that evolves far beyond the dates of the festival into the social and professional circles of The Arts & LGBT Scene.

How to volunteer with GAZE International LGBT Film Festival?

Simply complete the volunteers Application at and email it back to us by July 15th 2015. Any questions, comments or queries please do not hesitate to contact us at

Deadline for Applications is the 15th of July 2015 by 5pm sharp.

To close with a quote from the Gaze Icon Patsy Stone, ‘You can never have enough Hats, Gloves and Shoes’. The same can be said for our Volunteers. They are our Festivals LBD. Oh The Shade, The Shade Of It All!

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