Abbey Theatre Exchange Program

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Alix Rosenfeld (middle) on stage with Dr. Joseph Lennon, Director of the Irish Studies Program (left) and 

Fr. David Cregan, O.S.A., of the Theatre and Studio Art Department (right).

About the Abbey Theatre Internship

The Villanova University-Abbey Theatre Exchange Program will provide a grant to a Villanova student to intern at the Abbey Theatre in Dublin, Ireland during the summer season.  Founded in 1904, the Abbey Theatre is a world-class institution that actively engages and reflects Irish society.  It is also one of the most enduring institutions in literary history and has long occupied an important place in Irish emigrant cultures around the world.

The paid internship will begin at the end of May and continue for eight weeks into July. The student will work alongside theatre professionals in the day-to-day operations of Ireland’s national theatre and help run a new program—the Abbey Theatre Summer Studio. Junior and senior undergraduates and graduate students in the College of Arts and Sciences at Villanova University are eligible.  A grade point average of at least 3.0 is required.

How to Apply

Students studying in any Arts and Sciences discipline—particularly Irish Studies, Theatre, English, Media Relations, and Performance Studies—are encouraged to apply.

Applicants must demonstrate:

  • Interest in and/or knowledge of Ireland and Irish culture
  • Knowledge of dramatic literature and/or theatre practice
  • Excellent research, writing, speaking, and presentation skills
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively

Application Requirements

  • letter detailing the applicant’s interest in the position
  • a current curriculum vitae
  • a 500-word essay that articulates why theatre is important to the applicant and to society.
  • two letters of recommendation OR contact details for recommenders—the selection committee will be happy to contact your recommenders
  • Send applications to Joseph Lennon, SAC 105

Summer 2017 Applications are due by December 2, 2016.


Lexa Grace Vanech

Lexa Grace Vanech, Villanova Theatre Graduate Student, was the 2016 Abbey Theatre Intern.  


Alix Rosenfeld

Alix Rosenfeld, Villanova Theatre Graduate Student, was awarded the Abbey Theatre Internship in 2015 by the Villanova-Abbey Theatre Exchange to work at the Abbey Theatre in Dublin, Ireland for two months over the summer.


Hallie Martenson

Hallie Martenson, Villanova Graduate Student, was awarded the Abbey Theatre Internship in 2014.

Lauren Fanslau (Abbey Theatre Intern 2013) documented her experience through film.


Visit Irish Studies for more information about the Abbey Theatre Summer Studio.


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The Abbey Theatre Summer Studio class of 2016.
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The Abbey Theatre Summer Studio class of 2015.
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Read about Dan Cullen's experience at the Abbey Summer Studio!