Villanova University and Abbey Theater Launch "Summer Studio" For Undergraduates

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences expands exchange program with prestigious National Theatre of Ireland

Abbey Theater

11.21.13 VILLANOVA, Pa—Villanova University and the Abbey Theatre announce the Abbey Theatre Summer Studio. This new program will run June 1-19, 2014 in Dublin, Ireland. The Summer Studio invites undergraduate students to study the literature, history and practice of Irish theater. The unique three-credit course examines the major works and history of the Abbey Theatre and trains students in the production techniques of Irish theater.

Undergraduate students are invited to apply to study the workings and history of the world-class theatre and develop their own theater 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.

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. Students will attend other theater performances around Dublin as well.

The Abbey Theatre Exchange Program with Villanova University was established in 2011. This exchange links the University's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences with the prestigious National Theatre of Ireland. The Abbey Theatre occupies an important place in the Irish psyche, both at home and abroad. It is committed to creating theater reflective of Irish society.  It is one of the most enduring institutions in literary history and has long occupied an important place in Irish emigrant cultures around the world.

The Villanova-Abbey Theatre Exchange Program seeks to further enrich artistic and intellectual traditions.  Through lectures, workshops, and other activities, the Exchange Program will advance dialogue between audiences, students, playwrights, scholars, and theater practitioners—strengthening the University’s bond with Ireland, and the Abbey Theatre’s bond with America.

For more information regarding the Summer Studio, click here