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Friday 20 September 2019

A hard act to follow as Trinity unveils drama academy

Katherine Donnelly

Katherine Donnelly

WORLD-class training for aspiring actors, directors and theatre enthusiasts will soon be provided in Trinity College Dublin.

TCD is to get its own Academy for the Dramatic Arts -- filling a gap since its acting degree ceased two years ago.

Yesterday, it unveiled plans for the centre, being developed in association with the world-famous Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (RADA) in London. It will receive funding from the Cathal Ryan Trust, in memory of the late son of Ryanair founder, Tony Ryan.

Cathal Ryan's daughter, Danielle, a RADA graduate, said yesterday she and her father had had many discussions about creating a drama academy in Ireland.

The academy will be housed at Grand Canal Dock, providing three courses at undergraduate and postgraduate level.

Places will be limited and entry will be by audition and/or interview, with the first intake of students scheduled for the 2011/12 academic year. As well as a three-year Bachelor in Acting programme, there will be a two-year Higher Diploma in Stage Management and Technical Theatre and a Master in Fine Art, specialising in directing, stage design, lighting design, costume design and playwriting.

Creating a national academy of dramatic arts for Ireland was a long-held ambition of the late Cathal Ryan, who died in 2007.

TCD Provost Dr John Hegarty said he expected the academy to become a world centre of excellence and to propel Irish drama to a whole new level.


Ms Ryan said the announcement was the culmination of a number of years of work.

"The trust and Trinity share a common passion to create a training academy that will have a world-class reputation in the dramatic arts, one that would enable Irish students to realise their ambitions," she said.

Michael Colgan, artistic director of the Gate Theatre, said: "When I heard the great news that we were going to get an independent Academy for the Dramatic Arts in association with Trinity and RADA, my first thought was that Godot has finally come."

Irish Independent

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