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Forum Theatre Workshop 14th – 16th June 2018

As part of a Forum Theatre project, ‘Rehearsing Change,’ South Tipperary Arts Centre have invited Terry O’ Leary (Associate Artist with renowned London theatre company, Cardboard Citizens, and one of the most experience Forum Theatre facilitators in the world) to lead a 3-day workshop in the teachniques and practice of this unique, socially-engaged theatrical form.

The workshop will focuse on the technique and games used in Augusto Boal’s Theatre of the Oppressed and will work with Forum Theatre and Joker technique, but will also touch on Image Theatre and Rainbow of Desire techniques. The objective is to give participants an excellent toolkit to take back to the groups they work with and to have a clear understanding of what is needed to make a piece of Forum Theatre. The workshop will be suitable both for introducing people who are new to the work, as well as upskilling people who are already familiar with the techniques.

Theatre is an Associate Artist with Cardboard Citizens, the company founded by Boal’s close collaborator Adrian Jackson, an award-winning theatre company and one of the world’s leading practitioners of Forum Theatre.

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The Gaiety School of Acting is not affiliated with any forum theatre workshops posted here unless otherwise stated.


Volunteering Opportunity with Dublin Dance Festival

“Don’t Just Stand There, Lets Get To It – Strike a Pose – Volunteering, There’s Nothing To It”

18 Days of Dance, 18 chances to experience first hand, 18 opportunities to volunteer and see for yourself what dance brings not only to the stage but to Dublin this coming May (2nd – 20th)

This year’s festival sees it’s most ambitious programme yet from storming the main stage at the Abbey Theatre to taking up residency for 5 nights at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre, from show casing up and coming new Irish works in our First Looks at Dance House to Community and all age inclusive workshops and Break Dance, Krumping & Beatbox Dance Offs at Meeting House Square. We have Olivier Nominated International Companies dancing next to Award Winning Irish Contemporary Artists, from Multi Media to Artificial Intelligence, from Traditional Mourning to Spiritual Awakenings, from the Controversial to the (un)Conventional, from a Firework of Flamboyant Theatricality & Sexuality to the Deconstruction of Dance by a legendary Pioneering Dance Artist – there is something for everyone- not to be missed!

DDF18 offers a chance to volunteer behind the scenes, centre stage as well as down amongst the audience with roles in Front of House & Venue Support, Artist Liaison & Hospitality or Marketing Online Assistance & Photographic Archiving. The Festival offers a chance for those interested in pursuing a career in The Performing Arts and Events Management – be it in the Spotlight and Centre Stage or Behind The Scenes – an insiders peek as to what it takes to bring a festival of this size to fruition. Volunteering is a must of all dance aficionados – of all levels of embarrassment and professionalism.

How to ‘Put On Your Red Shoes & Dance’…oops sorry, Volunteer this Festival

Simply complete the Volunteers application attached and email it back to Mama Fonteyn by Sunday 22nd of April or come along to our Recruitment Evening on Wednesday Evening of the 18th – see below for more details. Any questions, comments or queries please do not hesitate to contact this Volunteer Mama at

Still not sure if you want to ‘krump’ with the rest of us?

So still not sure that you want to commit – why not come along to our Open Recruitment Call on Wednesday Evening April 18th @ 19:30 Festival House – 12 East Essex Street – You can find out all about volunteering with this Festival Family and what our guilty pleasures are that we like to dance to when no one is watching

Deadline for completed Applications is Sunday 22nd April 2018, 5pm sharp



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

Audi Film Festival Volunteers needed!

Applications to be a Festival Volunteer at Audi Dublin International Film Festival are now open!
The Audi Dublin International Film Festival is bringing the world’s best films to Dublin between 16th-26th February 2017, and to make sure it’s programme of over 130 films, special events and guest appearances runs picture perfect, the Festival needs a team of smart, enthusiastic volunteers who are ready to pull together and make the Festival a success.

Help will be needed in areas such as venues, hospitality, office administration, production, ticketing, promotions, marketing and communications so whether you are welcoming Festival-goers to a venue and making sure that they’re getting the most out of the festival or helping behind the scenes at ADIFF HQ it’s a great way to get first-hand insight into the inner workings of an international entertainment event.

The Festival takes its volunteers seriously and is proud of the diverse and committed group of people from Dublin and much further afield who generously give their time and who often return year after year. It’s also a chance for volunteers to build up experience, explore the city in a new way and to make new connections – both whilst on the job and of course relaxing after a film at the Festival Club.
Depending on individual availability, volunteers can either apply to be full-time (a minimum of one shift per day during the Festival) or part-time. Each volunteer needs to be able to commit to a minimum of 5 volunteering shifts.

Volunteer applications are now open! Go to for more information and to download an application and make sure to apply before 5pm on January 13th, 2017. You must be over 18 to apply. Questions, comments or queries can be sent to John McHale, Volunteer Coordinator


Term Two of the Gaiety School of Acting’s adult and kids classes starts in January 2017 – check out our full suite of courses here.


Need help with Auditions? Look no further!

This Sunday, we will be joined by a Casting Agent from Louise Kiely Casting for a Masterclass in Auditions. Are you putting in the effort, trudging from Casting to Casting, but still not landing the roles? This masterclass will point you in the right direction, with tips on everything from body language to preparation, to etiquette and dress. Perfecting your approach to auditioning is vital for an actor, so don’t delay and book your place here now!

When: Sunday 13th November 2016

Time: 10am-5pm

Cost: €100

If you prefer to secure your place with a deposit, call us on 016799277

Spaces are limited so early booking is advised!

Join the Pat Kenny Tonight Audience

Pat Kenny and Colette Fitzpatrick host a brand new current affairs discussion programme with a live studio audience called Pat Kenny Tonight. If you are interested to witness, and maybe even take part in, debates on the most vital current and social affairs issues, please get in touch. Live every Wednesday night.

This is a great opportunity to see the workings of a live studio
and be part of a it.

For further details contact

**************************************************************************************************Don’t forget, we have a wide variety of interesting and invaluable Masterclasses coming up over the next few weeks. Want to up your game in Casting, Accent, Singing, Stage Combat and more – check them out here.

Accent Masterclass for Auditions

Being asked to perform a monologue or sides for an audition for a specific role often calls for acquiring an accent. If you can alter your accent convincingly and as flawlessly as possible, you’re halfway there to securing the part! Many excellent actors are thrown by this part of the job – don’t let yourself be one of them! This Sunday we still have spaces remaining in our Accent workshop with Gaiety School of Acting Voice Coach Russel Smith.09

Russel opens actors up to the range, depth and subtlety of their communication, verbal and non-verbal, treating practicalities such as projection, clarity or accent, as extensions of a more fundamental integrated development of physicality and psyche. Synthesising a range of approaches, he encourages students to begin building their own methodical process in illuminating and interpreting extant texts, and fostering their artistic voices toward developingnew work. Russel is an Honours graduate of TCD and of the Gaiety School of Acting with a background in physical therapy, alongside 20 years experience as actor on stage and screen, singer and musical director/composer/accompanist, Russel has engaged in extensive on-going training with a range of founding-members of the Roy Hart Theatre at the International Centre for Voice in France (most significantly Kevin Crawford, Kaya Anderson, and more recently, Jonathan Hart), and numerous other coaches and physical practitioners. In recent years voice, dialect and singing coach at both ACTT and AADA in Sydney, Australia; Long-standing singing coach and musical director at the Gaiety School; previously repetiteur and singing coach for the degree programme in acting at Trinity College Dublin.

The workshop is this Sunday 6th November from 10am-5pm 

With our accent Workshop the focus is on learning to create an authentic accent with your voice. Whether you need to learn an accent for stage or even a voiceover, this workshop is designed to facilitate how to copy that accent you need without needing to be a native.

Participants of the Accent Masterclass can expect to:

  • Learn what to look for in order to break down any accent into its constituent parts.
    analyse and then practice the useful accents of Received Pronunciation, Cockney and General American.
  • Gain an invaluable addition to your CV

Book here now!




Volunteers needed for Bram Stoker Festival


‘They’re creepy and they’re kooky, Mysterious and spooky,

They’re altogether ooky, The Bram Stoker Festival Family.’

This year sees Bram Stoker Festival spawn a programme more adventurous, outrageous, ambitious and deliciously debauched than before from quirky family ‘funderlands’ and contemporary art installations during the innocent daylight hours before mutating into something more sinister beneath the pale moonlight: from night time outdoor forest aerial acts to freak show carnivals… come closer…but beware…we bite! And once bitten by the volunteering bug there is no cure but to join our Festival Family of Monsters.

Our ‘Monsters’ can be found at our ‘graveyards’ (venues) throughout the festival meeting, greeting and scaring our audience while being the face of the festival.  They will protect them from the shadows at our outdoor events and encourage them to bring out their darker side at our night events.  These undead masses selflessly give up their free time to make sure that the public enjoy themselves and that the festival is a ‘screaming’ success.

This October Bank Holiday Weekend (28th-31st) sees opportunities in not only our traditional roles of – Front of House duties in venues and but also in make up, artist liaison, social media correspondents and festival photography. ‘If you go down to the woods today you’ll find a big surprise’ …. Do you have what it takes?

How To Become a Volunteer Monster This Festival

Simply complete the Volunteers Application and email it back to the Volunteers Dept by October 14th. Any questions, comments or queries please do not hesitate to contact Mama Morticia at

Volunteer Recruitment Open Call

Or if you are one of those monsters who easily get distracted by a daylight and miss deadlines (just ever so slightly) why not come along to our Volunteer Recruitment Open Call on Saturday October 15th @ 14:00hrs  at the DIFF HOUSE, 13 Lower Ormond Quay, Dublin 2  you can fill in the application there and then and learn more about our Family of Volunteering Critters. – MAMA MORTICIA


DEADline for Applications is the Friday, 14th of October 2016

by 5pm sharp

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