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Sunday 15th to Saturday 21st July 2018. NOW BOOKING ONLINE.


Broadway to Wild atlantic way!

As soon as you arrive, you sense the electricity on this theatre course  running at same time as the Galway International Arts Festival.  Last year's finale had a magical Sweeney Todd in seven days! Students from Ireland, Spain, Malaysia, UK, Switzerland, Singapore, USA, Australia, France and Italy created the ultimate shared theatrical experience. A quite unforgettable summer showcase finale with full set, lighting design and professional costumes.

St Mary's is an ideal holiday venue with comfortable dormitories and a beautiful view of Galway City from the second and third floor. With catering excellence, day and evening master classes, a night out at the Galway International Arts Festival, what better way to combine cultural and theatrical passion with an amazing vacation?

We are supported here by a superb pastoral care team and Centre for Drama and Theatre Studies at NUIG. All resident teaching staff are employed by us throughout the year with our sister school, StageSchool Ireland and the teaching team includes Lisa Seary, Zita Monahan, John Lucey, Nicole Scott, Dr Trish Rooney, Anita Mahon and Tomas Hardiman.

How to get here...

Ireland is easily accessible by both air and sea. Two of Ireland’s primary Airports Shannon & Dublin are within easy access of Galway.

Shannon Airport

Shannon is easily accessible from the UK, Continental Europe and the USA and Canada. Shannon Airport serves 6 UK, 17 Continental European and 5 international destinations.

For more information please visit www.shannonairport.ie


Dublin Airport

Dublin is easily accessible from the UK, Continental Europe and the east and west coast of the USA.  There are more than 36 scheduled airlines flying into Dublin Airport, which is located 12 km from the city centre.  Dublin Airport serves 7 domestic, 29 UK, 36 Continental European and 9 international destinations.

For more information please visit www.daa.ie


By Bus

Bus Eireann has a direct coach service from Shannon Airport and Dublin Airport to Galway. Visit www.buseireann.ie for more information.


Travel time is approximately 1 hour 50 minutes from Shannon Airport and 2 hours 30 minutes from Dublin Airport. From Dublin Airport, Gobus and Citylink offer comfortably hourly services – see www.citylink.ie and www.gobus.ie

By Rail

Irish Rail is Ireland’s national train company and serves a direct train to Galway from Dublin City and Limerick City. Please visit www.irishrail.ie for more information. Travel time by rail is approximately 2 hours from Limerick and 2 hours 30 minutes from Dublin Airport. Both Airports have buses that travel to the Train Stations


Galway is a charming and fun city, made unique by its low-rise, traditional buildings, colourful shop fronts and beautiful location on the west coast of Ireland. This coastal city has a great buzz and its relaxed, bohemian vibe is infectious.

Discover this vibrant, culturally rich city at any time of year, or wait until the summer months to experience Irish festivals such as the Galway Races and the Galway Arts Festival. With cheap flights from the UK easy to come by and a range of deals on accommodation through Hotels.com, this popular Irish tourist destination is not to be missed.

The main thoroughfares of Galway; Shop Street and Quay Street, are in a pedestrian zone and are dotted with an array of boutiques and high street stores, stylish cafes, restaurants, and of course, bars. These streets are always full of people strolling, shopping, dining al fresco or congregating to watch street performers. Neachtain’s pub, on the corner of Quay Street, is a favourite amongst visitors and locals alike. Enjoy a Guinness in one of the pub’s cosy alcoves, warm yourself by the fire and listen to some top-class traditional Irish music. On Saturdays and Sundays, check out the Galway market, held in St. Nicholas’s Church square, just behind these main streets. Here you will find some great arts and crafts, ideal for presents, and some of the best local cuisine in Galway to be consumed on the go.

Galway has been named the friendliest city in the world and Teenage Stage students would agree with this! Situated on the spectacular Atlantic coast of Ireland, this small university city has 80,000 inhabitants, of which 20% are university students, so there is a lively student atmosphere in the city.

Galway is the European Capital of Culture 2020 and it’s not difficult to see why: The International Arts Festival and the Film Festival are just two of the arts offers our students enjou and take part in in summer. Galway is famous for great traditional Irish music, which can be heard all over the city, and students enjoy listening to the sounds and taking part in the Irish dancing sessions too! With the world famous Cliffs of Moher, The Aran Islands, The Burren, Connemara and the Wild Atlantic Way at easy reach, there are many beautiful sights to visit – come see for yourself!

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some recent Testimonials

"Thank you so much to you all who did such wonderful work with Ella and all the other kids. We were so impressed and moved by the production and Ella was full of stories and excitement which has been missing from her life for a long time. It was the best therapy she could have had, worth every penny" Lucy Bingham, Parent, Dublin, July 2017

"This summer school is creative, fun and exciting, Well thought-through, artistically, educationally and administratively as a joyful learning experience for teenagers! I wish you every possible success with it, as I'm sure it will be! Lucky participants, something to really enjoy and look back on with pleasure and a sense of real achievement"

Dr. Adrian James PhD
Head of Cert H.E. in Theatre Arts (Southend)
East 15 Acting School. University of Essex.

"Elena, 13, was the only Italian girl on Dublin's Teenage Stage 2017 and it was her very first experience abroad by herself.

She got to meet lovely new friends from Ireland and greatly enjoyed both rehearsals and free time.

The final show was just amazing and one cannot help wondering how those kids could prepare it in just one week.

It made us love Sweeney Todd, a musical that we had never properly appreciated."

Gianluca Di Lorenzo, Parent, Italy, July 2017

 "Sadhbh has been filling me in on every minute detail. She had a wonderful experience with you and benefited hugely from the opportunity to be part of the production of Sweeney Todd. The entire experience from start to finish (every detail of which has been shared in last 48 hours) was nothing short of superb. Less than 51 weeks to next year!  I'll be checking out the website for Teenage Stage 2018 and Sadhbh's name will be added to list as early as is humanly possible" Edel Meaney, Parent


"Emily had a great time and couldn't stop talking about the camp, rehearsals and her friends.  It was a big step sending her away and it was brilliant! We will be interested in next year so please keep us posted. We also enjoyed the show very much, it was great to see all the talents but most of all we are grateful that Emily was part of the group and felt included all the time" Izabela O'Brien, Parent

I would like to congratulate all at Teenage Stage. My daughter Holly had the time of her life and made fantastic memories and friends. The staff were extremely supportive and friendly. I can't recommend this camp highly enough. Holly had no previous experience apart from school plays like most kids but felt at ease with others who had a lot. There was no agenda and they all  gelled very well together even from 11 different countries!. The show was amazing considering you had 6 days to put it all together and was as good if not better than some musical society's produce.  See you next year!

Bobby White, Parent, Dublin, July 2017

"Congratulations on a fantastic summer school. My son Harvey had an amazing time and is already talking about coming back next year!" Claire Dolan, Parent

 "I have sent three of my teens away on courses and always seen benefits but nothing to match yours in all honesty. The Gealtacht is lovely but three weeks is a long time and on reflection, your only young once! and Teenage Stage has a lovely balance of hard work and entertainment for them! Your show was amazing also! Thank you" Deirdre O'Brien, Dublin

"Natasha had an excellent summer school, it's done her the world of good and the production was brilliant, especially impressive as you only had seven days with them, thank you" Annemarie Walker, Parent

"I want to say a big thank you and congratulations for the fabulous week Emily had. She was happy from the moment she arrived and met her room mates right to the end of the production. She talked a lot about the whole week afterwards. She really enjoyed it and appreciated working with such a talented cast. Thank you for the work you put into making it such a successful week and amazing to think you achieved this in such a short time frame" Michele Royliston, Singapore

"Thank you for the email and opportunity for early booking. Nyika was so enthusiastic last summer, she really wants to participate again this year. I have sent in the booking form for her. We were equally impressed with the whole organisation, supervision and support of the summer school and have no hesitation to recommend it to friends" Rita, Parent, Carlow

"Cameron really enjoyed the concept of putting on a show in a week and had never done anything like this before! He was thrilled by the experience so thank you to all the very professional and caring team" Iris Campbell, Belfast

"Wow! what I can I say, this was my first trip away from home and I appeared in a full musical theatre production, made fantastic friends and the evening guest workshops are even better than daytime if possible! Unforgettable" Lynn,  age 16, Student, Switzerland

"This is a fantastic course for any young performer and if there is a better theatre course out there for teenagers, I have not seen it and the production was quite brilliant on the final day" Hugo, Parent, Barcelona

"Thank you so very much for everything you have done and have come to mean for Lily – I cannot begin to explain how much she has gained from Teenage Stage. Just a couple of years ago she came to this country a shy and unsure girl. The confidence, teamwork, passion and ambition that you have helped nurture in her, is invaluable" Lisa Christopher, Parent

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