Careers rarely develop the way we plan them. Our career path often takes many twists and turns, with particular events, choices and people influencing our direction.

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Go for it. If you feel you may be suitable, then you probably are. An ability to not take yourself too seriously would be an advantage!

Creative people are drawn to careers and activities that enable them to take responsibility for the design, layout or sensory impact of something (visual, auditory etc). They may be drawn towards the traditional artistic pursuits such as painting, sculpture, singing, or music. Or they may show more interest in design, such as architecture, animation, or craft areas, such as pottery and ceramics.

Creative people use their personal understanding of people and the world they live in to guide their work. Creative people like to work in unstructured workplaces, enjoy taking risks and prefer a minimum of routine.
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The Lir Academy

The Lir Academy

The Lir National Academy of Dramatic Art at Trinity College Dublin 
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    The Lir Academy is Ireland's National Academy of Dramatic Art at Trinity College Dublin.  It was established as a result of a recognised need within the theatre, film and TV industries for a centre of training excellence for the arts.

    The Lir currently offers undergradate degrees, postgraduate degrees and short courses.

    Its close associations with the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) in London and Trinity College Dublin ensure that the contents of all courses are set to the highest international standards, so whether you are setting out to undertake a postgraduate Master Degree in Playwriting or a beginners Introduction to Acting course, you will be trained by industry professionals in a trusting, dynamic and fun environment.

    The tutors at The Lir Academy have extensive experience in professional theatre and continue to work in and maintain close contacts with the national and international theatre, film and TV industries.

    Application for any of the undergraduate courses at The Lir is not through the CAO system. Students are asked to apply directly through The Lir website at

    The Bachelor in Acting Degree and the Bachelor in  Stage Management and Technical Theatre fall under the free fees initiative.


    In addition to Undergraduate courses, The Lir has a wide variety of short courses and Post Graduate courses to offer.