Abbey Theatre Summer Studio in partnership with Villanova University, Philadelphia

Abbey Theatre Summer Studio in partnership with Villanova University, Philadelphia

Be one of the first to take part in the Abbey Theatre Summer Studio with Villanova University, Philadelphia.

Applications are now open for the Abbey Theatre Summer Studio in partnership with Villanova University. Taking place in June 2014, the Summer Studio will enable theatre students to become immersed in theatre for a two and a half week period.

If you are currently an undergraduate student at an American university, Villanova University and the Abbey Theatre invite you to study the literature, history and practice of Irish Theatre in Dublin next summer. This unique experience will see you exploring work from renowned playwrights such as Brian Friel, W.B. Yeats, J.M. Synge and Marina Carr as well as learning more about the history of the Abbey Theatre.

The Summer Studio will also explore the production techniques used in a working theatre. If a combination of Irish culture and theatre are key interests of yours then the Summer Studio is the perfect programme for you.

Abbey Theatre Summer Studio – at a glance

Students participating in the Summer Studio will attend lectures in the morning and gain practical experience in the afternoon at the Abbey Theatre with producers, directors, actors, writers and technical staff.

Villanova University are delighted to extend the invitation to apply for the programme to undergraduates from across America. Applications can be made through Villanova University’s Office of International study, further information on the application process can be found here.

Nurturing theatre talent

The Abbey Theatre is passionate about nurturing theatre talent and young theatre makers. The tradition of summer schools at the Abbey Theatre is long established, particularly links with Boston College which were forged and maintained by former artistic director of the Abbey Theatre, Tomás MacAnna.

We have a long standing tradition of working in America. Our first tour was in 1911 with a repertoire of Irish plays including J.M. Synge’s The Playboy of the Western World and W.B. Yeats’ Kathleen Ni Houlihan, as well as four plays by Lady Gregory, co founder of the Abbey Theatre with W.B. Yeats and others.

In recent years the Abbey Theatre has performed in New York on a number of occasions, presenting productions including Kicking a Dead Horse (2008) and Ages of the Moon (2010), both by Sam Shepard, the award-winning Terminus by Irish playwright Mark O’Rowe (2009), which also toured to Boston, Philadelphia, Durham, Chicago, Columbus, Middlebury and Maryland in 2011 and John Gabriel Borkman by Henrik Ibsen in a new version by Frank McGuinness (2011). Most recently we presented Maeve’s House, Eamon Morrissey’s one man show at the Irish Arts Center (2013).

For further information on the programme see the Villanova-Abbey Theatre exchange webpage.

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