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Course Information & Guidelines

The main body of courses at the Tir-na-nOg Theatre School is arranged in an integrated structure of three sessions which build, one upon the other, to their ultimate culmination in the Annual Festival of Plays, and also includes the Spring and Summer Intensives.

Our emphasis is on group awareness and co-operative action ~ not single stars, but galaxies, brightly shining.

For maximum benefit, both for the individual and the group as a whole, regular attendance is essential. Absences undermine the group work underway.

All classwork is centred on the needs and the qualities of each specific group. Some work is required outside of class with a time commitment appropriate to the age level. 

Group work includes movement arts, as well as activities to help establish general health, to develop the body, voice and imagination as effective instruments of expression, and to encourage individual growth & self discovery within the group setting.

Physical training and the practice of movement are basic foundation skills required for the actor, therefore clothing and footwear must be appropriate — comfortable and flexible — allowing for ease and freedom of movement. (Soft indoor shoes please)

Tir-na-nOg Theatre Scripts:   Scripts are written and customized to reflect the needs both of individual students and of their groups, and often incorporate improvizations developed through class work as well as original material. Many are adaptations of literary classics crafted in conjunction with the work in classes, and frequently include poetry and music drawn from the wide world around us. Our Shakespeare groups work with the full, original scripts. The Young Adult, Adult and Senior student Groups explore and perform master-works both classical and contemporary from the world library of theatre, as well as original material generated in class.

Scripts are the property of Tir-na-nOg Theatre, on loan to registered students for use in their course work.

Behaviour:   Participants are expected to be respectful of each other and of the work at hand.

No electronic devices are permitted in the Tir-na-nOg auditorium, nor in the classroom or backstage areas.

With the exception of the “Spring Board”, which presents it’s work in April, all of the groups participate in the Annual Youth Festival of Plays during May & June, presenting plays in public performances and in special performances for the local schools.

The Summer Stage Intensive in August is an optional opportunity available, with no extra fee, to currently registered students.

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