The main body of courses at the Tir-na-nOg Theatre School are arranged in an integrated structure of three sessions which build, one upon the other, to their ultimate culmination in the annual Festival of Plays.
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. For maximum benefit, both for the individual and the group, regular attendance is required.
Our emphasis is on group awareness and co-operative action — not single stars, but galaxies, brightly shining.
Physical training and the practice of the art of movement are basic foundation skills required for the actor, therefore clothing and footwear must be comfortable , flexible and allow for ease and freedom of movement.
Our scripts are 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.
All group work includes Laban 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.
Most classes participate in the annual Youth Festival of Plays presenting a play for public performance and for local schools. The Summer Stage Intensive in August is an optional opportunity available, with no extra fee, to currently registered students.