Abbey Theatre Summer Studio


Villanova University & The Abbey Theatre,

the National Theatre of Ireland

Summer Studio

June 3-21, 2016

Dublin, Ireland






From the studio to the stage, students will study the workings and history of Ireland's world-class national theatre while developing their own theatre skills, knowledge, and practice. Students from Villanova will work alongside students from Irish and other universities and be taught by practitioners and professors from the U.S. and Ireland. Student work will culminate in a showing of final work on the Abbey Theatre’s Peacock stage.


The program is a joint enterprise between the Abbey Theatre and Villanova University, and offers a select group of students from  Ireland and the United States the opportunity to study with Irish Studies scholars and Irish theatre professionals. Students from any college or university may apply and receive credit through Villanova University’s Office of International Study in conjunction with their own university.

The three-credit program is a nineteen-day immersion taking place while the Abbey Theatre changes productions in June. Students will also tour Dublin and elsewhere in Ireland and attend performances at Dublin's many stages to gain an overview of Irish theatre.


Students attend lectures in the mornings and take a practicum in the afternoon at the Abbey Theatre. Mornings will be led by Villanova and Irish professors, and the afternoons will be led by Abbey practitioners, directors, actors, writers, technical staff, movement and voice coaches. The evenings are reserved for seeing plays, rehearsals, and cultural events.

The practicum offers three strands: graduate (advanced theatre practice), under-graduate (introducing stage craft), and literary development/creative writing. All strands will synchronize to create the final showing.   


Housing will be provided at University College, Dublin, a short ride to Dublin’s city centre. Rooms are in a three-room suite layout with a self-serve kitchen; wifi and campus amenities are also included in the program cost. 

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 guests will be able to use the UCD swimming pool and gym. 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 and mass transportation tickets, 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

Katie Roche by Teresa Deevy

Dancing at Lughnasa by Brian Friel

By the Bog of Cats by Marina Carr 



Early admittance:
DECEMBER 1, 2015

Rolling admissions until:
MARCH 17, 2016


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 2016

Summer Studio!

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