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Acting Irish Theatre



If you are considering attending this course and do not hold a current passport, APPLY FOR ONE IMMEDIATELY. Current passport wait times may be long, although the State Department is indicating ​the standard 10-12 week wait time. More information HERE​.

Acting Irish Theatre in Ireland is for professionally oriented students of acting who wish to expand, explore and deepen their awareness of Irish Theatre in the heart of Dublin, at Ireland’s premier actor training conservatory, The Lir Academy of Dramatic Art. This course is taught by professional Irish actors, directors and movement, dialect and voice tutors who also work at Ireland’s most reputable theatres, The Abbey Theatre and The Gate Theatre.

  • Topflight training conservatory in the heart of metropolitan Dublin.
  • Finest faculty and facilities in Ireland at Ireland’s premier Lir Academy of Dramatic Art and Trinity College Dublin, both associated with the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.
  • Study with professional actors and directors from Ireland’s most reputable theatres: The Abbey Theatre and The Gate Theatre.
  • Engage with the great Irish plays from Irish authors: J.M. Synge, Seán O’Casey, Samuel Beckett, Brian Friel, Tom Murphy, Conor McPherson, Martin McDonagh, Marina Carr and Enda Walsh.
  • Acting and movement classes will focus on the unique demands of performing Irish plays. Voice classes will focus on the particular requirements of Irish texts, including a wide range of Irish contemporary and historic dialects.
  • See multiple live theatrical productions from award-winning Irish companies.
  • This course will culminate in a public performance of student work.



Undergraduate: DRAMA 423, 5 units
Graduate/post-baccalaureate: DRAMA 623, 5 units




American and international undergraduate and graduate-level professionally oriented theatre arts acting and directing students: those interested in acting, writing, composing anddirecting.


  1. Submit a headshot, résumé, letter of intent and two letters of recommendation from theatre professors and/or professionals.
  2. Submit/upload the materials listed in step one when you apply online by April 12, 2021.


Professor Hugh O’Gorman
(213) 840-6729

Guest Artists

Sue Mythen

Sue Mythen, Movement

Sue Mythen worked as an actor and physical performer for many years prior to completing an MA Movement for Actors at Central School of Speech & Drama, London. Her recent movement direction work at The Abbey Theatre includes “Oedipus,” “The Shadow of a Gunman,” “Hedda Gabler,” “Twelfth Night,” “The Plough & the Stars,” “Heartbreak House,” “16 Possible Glimpses,” “The House,” “The Rivals,” “Pygmalion” and “Major Barbara.” Sue’s work for Anu Productions includes “Sunder,” “Pals” and “Angel Meadow.” Her other recent work includes “Displaced” at The Montreal Fringe Festival, “Elektra” for Canadian Opera Company, “Semele” for RIAM, “Dead Man Walking” for Opera Ireland at the Gaiety Theatre, “Richard II” at Smock Alley, “Coraline” for Puca Puppets and Devotion and “Last Call” and “Jumping on my Shadow” for TEAM Theatre Co.

Bryan Burroughs

Bryan Burroughs, Physical Theatre

Bryan Burroughs is an actor, director, movement director and more recently “writer,” having penned and performed the award-winning “Beowulf: The Blockbuster,” earning Bryan a STAGE award for acting excellence at the Edinburgh International Fringe Festival. Other notable performances include Barabbas’s “Johnny Patterson: The Singing Irish Clown” for which he received the Irish Times Theatre Award for Best Supporting Actor and “B” in Company SJ’s production of “Beckett’s Act Without Words II,” which toured most recently to The Barbican in London.

Thomas Conway

Thomas Conway, Contemporary Theatre

Thomas Conway works as a theatre director, dramaturg and theatre instructor. His directing credits include “Whoop It Up for Liberty!,” “Gentrification,” “The Winter’s Tale,” “The King of Friday’s Men,” “Once Upon a Barstool,” “Closer,” “In the Blood,” “Beowulf” and “What Where.” As a dramaturg, he has worked with Druid, Pan Pan, Fabulous Beast and Barabbas, among others. He is the editor of “The Oberon Anthology of Contemporary Irish Theatre” and has been literary manager with Druid since 2005.

Cathal Quinn

Cathal Quinn, Voice & Speech

Cathal Quinn has a master’s in voice studies from Central School of Speech and Drama. He taught at Oxford School of Drama and was head of voice at the Gaiety School of Acting before coming to teach voice and dialect at The Lir. Quinn’s film credits include “Albert Nobbs,” “Parked,” “Eden” and “The Escapist” and his TV work includes “Love/Hate,” “Kitchen” and “Omagh.” He coached the American premier of “The Home Place” at the Guthrie Theater where he also taught Shaw, Wilde and Beckett.

Gavin O’Donoghue

Gavin O’Donoghue, Dialects

Gavin O’Donoghue is a graduate of The Samuel Beckett Centre, Trinity College Dublin and The Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art in London. He worked as an actor in the theatre and on radio in the U.K. before studying for his master’s in voice studies at Central School of Speech and Drama.

David Horan

David Horan, Acting

David Horan graduated from the Samuel Beckett Centre, Trinity College with a bachelor’s in English and theatre studies. Having directed plays with a number of companies, he became director-in-residence for Inis Theatre Company in 2000. He was made staff director at the Abbey Theatre in 2003, where he continued to work until October 2004 before relocating to Paris for a year, studying the principles of movement at the École Internationale de Théâtre, Jacques Lecoq. In 2007, Horan became artistic director of Bewley’s Café Theatre while continuing to teach and direct freelance. David still holds this position as well as teaching acting technique at The Lir.



This course takes place in Dublin, Ireland.
CSU Summer Arts does not provide any group flights, arrange travel reservations or make travel recommendations for Acting Irish Theatre. It is up to each individual participant to make travel arrangements and pay for his or her own travel.

All participants must arrive in Dublin by July 14, 2021. The first class meeting will be at ​The Lir Academy on Wednesday, July 14 at 10 a.m. (Note that the program housing begins on Tuesday, July 13 to give you a day to get acclimated. More information below.)

While you will be responsible for making your own travel arrangements, you will need to provide CSU Summer Arts with your travel information.



Here is the official Summer Arts reserved option:
GOLDSMITH HALL – All rooms are single occupancy in an a four- or five-bedroom apartment with two bathrooms and a kitchen/living room.
Single: $1,275 total
Rate includes a single room with bed and small​ desk, shared kitchen and ​bathroom.

You may also make your own reservation and payment arrangements with any hotel, vacation rental or hostel you like in Dublin.


Note: The application process for this course differs from that of other CSU Summer Arts workshops. Please read the following information carefully.

Completed application is due on Monday April 12, 2021
 Students notified of status of application: ​ Monday April ​26, 2021​

Enrollment Fee
Undergraduate, California resident
Graduate, California
Undergraduate, Non-California
Graduate, Non-California resident $4,082
​​Other Fees
Insurance fee$80
​Housing (if booked through Summer Arts):
Airfare (estimate only):
​Transportation (estimate only):
​Cell Phone (estimate only):
Food/spending money (estimate)

Payment deadlines: The following are due dates, not postmarked dates:

Housing reservation and deposit (for housing booked by CSU Summer Arts): $500
Due on Friday May 7, 2021 – check or money order payable to CSU Summer Arts

Insurance: $80
Due on Friday May 7, 2021 – check or money order payable to CSU Summer Arts

Note that the housing deposit and insurance can be one payment.

Enrollment Fee:  (amount varies)
Due on Friday, July 9, 2021 – electronic check, Visa or MasterCard payable to Fresno State

Materials Fee: $150
Due on Friday, July 9, 2021 – electronic check, Visa or MasterCard payable to Fresno State

Note that the enrollment fee and materials fee can be one payment, but the housing balance MUST be a separate payment. ​

Housing Balance: $775
Due on Friday, July 9, 2021 – electronic check, Visa or MasterCard payable to Fresno State

Eighty percent of Summer Arts students receive some amount of scholarship assistance. Scholarship awards will range from $100 to $2,000. Scholarship funds are not available for housing or travel costs. 

To apply for scholarship assistance, please complete the Summer Arts scholarship application when you apply online for admission to the course.

All participants will need a valid, current passport for travel to Ireland. You will need to provide your passport number to CSU Summer Arts by July 2, 2021.

If you do not have a current passport, you are encouraged to apply for one immediately. Please check the Passport Office schedule before you apply and find out if you will need a rush order to obtain your passport in time. U.S. citizens do not need a visa to enter Italy, however, citizens of other countries may. Contact the CSU Summer Arts office for more information about passports and visas.

For additional information, or if you have any questions, contact Joanne Sharp at, or 562-951-4065.

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