Abbey Theatre Summer Studio


Villanova University & Abbey Theatre

Summer Studio

June 5-24, 2015

Dublin, Ireland




From the studio to the stage, students will study the workings and history of the world- class theatre while developing their own theatre skills, knowledge, and practice. Student work will culminate in an evening of performances by students on the Abbey Theatre’s Peacock stage. Students will then stay on to see Brian Friel’s play Aristocrats emerge through dress rehearsal to its first preview. 


The program is a joint enterprise between the Abbey Theatre and Villanova University, and offers a select group of students the opportunity to study with Irish Studies scholars and Irish theatre professionals. Students apply and receive credit through Villanova University’s Office of International Study. The three-credit program is a two-and-a-half week immersion (19 days) taking place while the Abbey Theatre is between productions in early June. Students will also attend other performances at Dublin theatres and gain an overview of theatre in Ireland. 


Housing and breakfast will be provided at University College Dublin, Belfield campus, a short ride to the city center for classes and studio work. Rooms are in a suite with a self-serve kitchen. Morning sessions take place in a university setting on St. Stephen’s Green and the afternoon sessions will take place at the Abbey Theatre on Lower Abbey Street. The program will consist of lectures in the morning on St. Stephen's Green in the city centre of Dublin.  Afternoons will be over at the Abbey Theatre, just a walk across Trinity College and the River Liffey.  There students will train with actors, voice coaches, directors and meet writers, directors, and other Abbey professionals.  The evenings are reserved for seeing plays, rehearsals, and cultural events.

The University College Dublin housing will be Ensuite Rooms in 6 Bedroom Apartment Suites. Bedlinen is provided by the university and changed weekly.  The apartments are also cleaned weekly.  Limited cooking utensils are also provided.  Wifi is available throughout and in 2015, all of our guests will be able to use the UCD swimming pool and gym free of charge.

For more information visit Summer at UCD.


The program cost will be approximately $3,800. Students are responsible for airfare, as well as lunch and dinner expenses. The cost of the program covers tuition, housing, theatre tickets, inner-city bus ticket, pool and gym at UCD, travel insurance, among other things.


The Abbey Theatre, the national theatre of Ireland, has long showcased great Irish drama. Emerging out of theatre societies founded by W.B. Yeats, Edward Martyn, Lady Augusta Gregory, John Millington Synge, the Fay brothers, and others, the Abbey Theatre has fostered playwrights and premiered productions by Sean O’Casey, Brian Friel, Frank McGuinness, Sebastian Barry, and Marina Carr, among many others.


Purgatory by W.B. Yeats

The Playboy of the Western World by John Millington Synge

Dancing at Lughnasa by Brian Friel

By the Bog of Cats by Marina Carr 

Early admittance:

December 1, 2014
Rolling admissions until:

April 20, 2015 

For More Information:


Dr. David Cregan, O.S.A., Chair of Theater
Phone 610.519.4760

Dr. Joseph Lennon, Director of Irish Studies
Phone: 610.519.4647

Visit the Abbey Theatre Webpage for more information.

Applications soon open for the 2015 Summer Studio!

See the Villanova Theatre Department Page  for more information about the Abbey Theatre Exchange Program.

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* June 2015 Abbey Theater Summer Studio Application.pdf
*A one-two page letter of intent should accompany your application, stating why you would like to study at the Abbey Theatre Summer Studio.

Lauren Fanslau, Villanova Graduate Student, Intern for the Abbey Theatre Exchange Program 2013