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our 2020 Courses

Our intensive residential theatre and film courses are designed for boys and girls aged 11-13 (Juniors) or 14-19 (Seniors).  

Our international arts educational courses include:

  • 7 or 13 days professional training in theatre or film.
  • Accommodation and all bedding.
  • Full board, including 3 meals & drinks per day.
  • All tuition, materials, rehearsal cds, scripts.
  • Costumes, use of all camera and film equipment.
  • Theatre and film workshops and support from Centre for Drama and Theatre Studies at NUI Galway.
  • Theatre or Film educational packs and course notes.
  • 24 hour supervision in a secure and fully monitored venue with chaperones and teaching team.
  • Guaranteed appearance in a full musical theatre production or premiere screening on film course.
  • Evening entertainment, excursions and leisure activities.

What's Involved?

For musical theatre and film courses, students are divided into juniors and seniors which ensure they receive the correct level of tuition for their age and ability. In keeping with the ‘arts educational’ experience and our wish to develop independence, teamwork and leadership skills, all meals, lessons and activities are taken together. Excursions and evening entertainment are combined allowing students to spend time with new friends in a relaxed manner after a packed day rehearsal or film making.

Secure Accommodation

Students live in single-gender boarding houses under care of an experienced Centre Manager who acts in loco parentis and is responsible for the development and welfare of each student. All Teenage Stage Summer School staff and trained chaperones are employed directly by us which helps students settle quickly and helps them achieve their full potential during their stay.

Creative and Fun

The course is small and friendly, and each location offers a perfect backdrop for an exciting summer. Each day is structured to give a true taste of drama school life. Classes with three professional directors each morning, group and company film or theatre workshops, intensive rehearsal in afternoons, fun activities,  evening masterclasses, quizzes and excursions up to lights out.

Practical Skills

Through practical training, educational trips and an exciting range of extra-curricular activities, students gain valuable skills, make friends and enjoy unforgettable memories from our courses.

Quality Arts Educational Holiday

The course aims to introduce students to the discipline and excitement of a professional week while making new friends in Ireland.

Students aged 11 to 19 are welcomed into a happy and supportive family environment where they thrive as they learn to live, rehearse, study and relax both independently and together. Our courses give students measurable results, confidence and memories to last a lifetime.

Taught by leading professionals, Teenage Stage provides practical experience in Voice (projection, breathing techniques, dialect etc), Acting and Movement, Musical Theatre and dance and will be a platform for further training in acting, musical theatre or drama.

This intensive summer school allow students to develop skills in  film making also and acting, self confidence, improvisation, listening and taking direction.

Theatre curriculum includes training in voice, movement, dialect, acting, ensemble work, Alexander Technique and Stanislavski’s system and will culminate in a live performance.

Film course curriculum includes the rules of cinematography, film etiquette, industry tips from the basic "six shots" for beginners to editing, sound and using digital cameras and all equipment while we write, edit and make films for an exciting final screening.


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BOOK A DEPOSIT onliNE TO SECURE YOUR PLACE today. FROM SCRIPT TO SCREEN OR PAGE TO STAGE, make this summer an experience to remember..

"Unforgettable holiday experience" Lynn Dossenbach, student, age 16, switzerland

If you have questions, ref dietary, insurance and medical information before page to stage timetables and comprehensive family booklets are discharged in June 2019, please call office hours, 9am to 5pm on 091 556274. Alternatively please email during office hours.

€685 per week FOR THEATRE COURSES and €785 FOR FILM COURSES* per student. (10% sibling and group discount applies). €250/€350 deposit paid online or to the office secures a place and balance is strictly four weeks minimum before course commences.

Quality professional training in musical theatre or film making and acting for the screen.

six or thirteen nights accommodation.

all bedding.

full board incl three meals & drinks.

all tuition and evening guest master classes.

evening entertainment.

rehearsal cds, scripts & costumes. Educational packs and course materials.

guaranteed appearance on stage or on screen!

24 hr supervision in secure and fully monitored venues.



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PROUDLY SUPPORTED BY Centre for Drama and Theatre Studies at NUI Galway

We at Centre for Drama and Theatre Studies at NUI Galway are delighted to support this exciting initiative. Teenage Stage Summer Schools will give young people from Ireland and around the world an opportunity to spend an intensive week in the world of film and theatre, working with first-rate teachers and practitioners. Along the way, they will certainly learn a great deal, and will meet new people.

We look forward to contributing to the school in a variety of ways: by advising on the curriculum, by involving our own undergraduate Drama students, by hosting a visit of participants to our campus for a special evening of entertainment – and in other ways too. In doing so, we want to play our part in making Teenage Stage Summer Schools a rigorous, educationally rich and enjoyable immersion in the world of theatre.

Patrick Lonergan
Professor of Drama and Theatre Studies
NUI Galway


Patrick Lonergan

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

"Nicole came talking wonders about her experience, she loved the teachers, the castle, the people and the food.  She said she learned a lot and excited about her future!I  am very grateful with everything, the whole experience, for me as a parent has also been wonderful and the look on her face has been priceless for us" Connie Gonzalez, Parent, Lisbon

 "My daughter Lucy was with you in Kildare last month and I just wanted to say thanks for a fabulous week - it has given her self confidence such a boost and she is already saving to go back next year.  I work in child protection so I'm probably a bit hypervigilant about it but I am so impressed about the support that they had during the week and particularly impressed about how well all the kids got on.  I've been recommending it to everyone!" Maeve Drummey, Blanchardstown,

"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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