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ST MARY'S COLLEGE, GALWAY, 14th to 20th JULY 2019!

Arrival at 12.30pm on Sunday. Legally Blonde The Musical JR performed on Saturday finale to a live audience.. The ultimate venue for young performers looking for an exciting and educationally enriching experience. This tranquil haven minutes from Galway City comes alive in summer!


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As soon as you arrive, you sense electricity on this course which times perfectly with the Galway International Arts Festival.  Last year's finale had a magical Singin In The Rain camp in seven days! Students from Ireland, Spain, Malaysia, UK, Switzerland, Singapore, USA, Australia, France and Italy created the ultimate theatrical experience. An unforgettable summer showcase finale with full set, lighting design and professional costumes to the highest standards.

St Mary's is an ideal 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.


Many of our teaching staff are employed by us throughout the year with our sister school, StageSchool Ireland and the international team includes Lisa Seary, John Lucey, Nicole Scott, Gar O'Brien, Robert O'Neill, Claudia O'Sullivan, Sinead McAteer, Aoibheann McCaul, Fintan Geraghty, Liza Bolton, Doireann Kiley 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 for the wonderful experience Niamh had on your ‘Singing in the Rain’ camp. It was the undisputed highlight of her summer holidays; a blisteringly busy week of fun, laughs and very, very hard work! It was so well organised and the pastoral care team were great at supporting and cheering on the students so they got the most out of the experience. I’m amazed at how much you managed to accomplish in such a short space of time and the show at the end of the week was a testament to that. Niamh is looking forward to next year’s camp already!" Niamh McCann, Parent, Dublin 2018

"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


"I just want to thank you and the team as Luke had an amazing time on your programme last week, he can struggle socially at times and the film course has been incredible for his confidence" Suzanne, Parent, Dublin, July 2018

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 but felt at ease with others who had a lot. There was no agenda and they all  gelled 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

"Wow, Sarah had a incredible time at your Acting For The Screen and Film making camp and has learned so much from the experience and your films in the on-site cinema on final day were top class! We will see you in 2019"

Erica, Parent, Malahide, Dublin 2018

 "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

"I had the most incredible time at Teenage Stage. Our teachers and directors took great care of us and were so friendly. Our year did  Into the Woods ". This was my first ever musical and I couldn't have asked for a better experience. I've met life long friends from this experience. It takes hard work and dedication to pull off one hell of a show and without the help and support of our teachers we couldn't have done it.Not only do you do a show but there are loads of other activities and outings. You have karaoke, talent show, quiz night etc. Last year we went to see a fantastic Circus group in the Black Box Theatre. Thank you to everyone for a wonderful experience that I'll never forget! Emma McDonnell, Student

"I want to say a big thank you 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 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 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

We are now back in Venice after a wonderful time!
Emma and Nora have loved every single moment of the week they spent with you. They have enjoyed the company, the learning experience, the incredible team work and efforts in making 'Singing in the Rain jr' which was a marvellous show!
There were many tears shed on the day of departure and many, many: "see you next year"! 🙂

We wanted to thank you once again for the extraordinary experience you have offered them!
Francesca Niisi, Italy

"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

"Just wanted to thank you for the wonderful experience Niamh had on your ‘Singing in the Rain’ camp. It was the undisputed highlight of her summer holidays; a blisteringly busy week of fun, laughs and very, very hard work! It was so well organised and the pastoral care team were great at supporting and cheering on the students so they got the most out of the experience. I’m amazed at how much you managed to accomplish in such a short space of time and the show at the end of the week was a testament to that. Niamh is looking forward to next year’s camp already!" Fiona McCann, Parent, Dublin

"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
 I just wanted to to thank you and the staff at Teenage Stage for giving my Son a wonderful new experience. Benjamin  stepped out of his comfort zone to do this one week camp and was hooked by the end.
He describes it as "far better than I ever expected and I want to go back next year" So well done to you and the team. See you next year!
Philip Marley, Parent, Dublin, August 18

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