The Lir Academy About Us

About Us

The Lir Academy, Ireland's National Academy of Dramatic Art was established as a result of a recognised need for an academy of excellence within the island of Ireland
It is part of Trinity College Dublin and is associated with the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) in London.

The Lir Academy was established in 2011 to satisfy identified needs within the theatre, TV and film industries. Offering a range of undergraduate, postgraduate and short courses, The Lir Academy is successfully supplying the theatre and related industries with students who have been trained to the highest standards possible. Acting training from introductory level to degree level is taught by industry professionals who take immense pride in teaching their craft. Voice and movement training form core elements to the acting degree and also are stand alone short courses on offer to established actors who are interested in improving their skills and to actors in training. Technical courses range from introductory courses in lighting, sound, stage management and costume, to the three year Bachelor degree in Stage Management and Technical Theatre (SMTT).

The Lir Academy is synonymous with professional training in acting, voice, movement, stage management, stage construction, scenic art, lighting, sound, costume, playwriting, theatre directing and stage design.

  • Flexible Black Box Studios
  • 3 Rehearsal Rooms
  • Dance/Movement Studio
  • Wood & Metal Workshop
  • Scenic Art Studio
  • Design Studio
  • Wardrobe Room
  • Range of Flexible Teaching Spaces
The lir was conceived as a cultural hub of its own with a diverse range of students on a variety of courses linked to the distinct professional disciplines

At night, The Lir opens its doors to the public and offers a developing programme of performances, films, playreadings, talks and lectures. The next generation of theatre, film, radio and television drama makers are being nurtured at The Lir and it is vitally important for the students to interact between their respective disciplines but also with established professions and the wider public. The Lir building offers the possibility of such interaction to take place in a convivial atmosphere.

Studio One, 17m x 10m

A fully flexible black box studio seating approximately 150. This fully equipped space can be configured to suit the needs of the performance. Stage Management and Technical Theatre students can be available to assist with stage design, production and management depending on their availability.

The Lir Cafe/Wine Bar

This fully functional wine bar and cafe is located in the main foyer of The Lir. With seating for approximately 60 and standing room for 140 this area acts as a feeder area for both studios.

Studio Two, 8m x 12m

This black box studio with seating for approximately 70, can also be divided into two teaching rooms. Studio two is ideal for small scale productions or intimate creative performances.

Dance Studio, 8m x 9m

With a mirrored wall and sports floor, this space is ideal for dance and movement rehearsals.

Rehearsal Studio, 8m x 7m

This rehearsal space can also be divided into two teaching rooms.

Rehearsal Room 2, 13m x 8.5m
This original art piece speaks to the curious relationship between artistic brilliance and the academy, understanding The LIR Academy as a place not just for the development of skills but for the germination of talent.

Alice invented the piece to illustrate how The Lir is a training ground for brilliance and how that brilliance will grow in excess of the building but will remain supported by it.

Each sphere suggests an egg, a unit of pure potential, that is supported by the building yet pushes the boundaries of its designated space, as it multiplies and climbs to the limit of the buildings parameters, stretching over the buildings edge, reaching upwards towards the sky.

Quote from the artist

“For me the most important thing about Units of Potential as a public art work is that it connects with and is enjoyed by the public that see it every day, I am always glad to hear playful anecdotes and nick names that have been bestowed on my work by the city since it was first installed”