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  • Locations: Cork, Ireland; Dublin, Ireland
  • Program Terms: UC Summer Abroad
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: University of California Berkeley 
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year UCM Deadline Campus Decision Date Start Date End Date
UC Summer Abroad 2020 02/28/2020 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA: 2 Click here for a definition of this term Class standing: 1-Freshman, 2-Sophomore, 3-Junior, 4-Senior, 5-Graduate student, 6-Other
Language of instruction: English Housing options: Dormitory / affiliated residences
Click here for a definition of this term Areas of study: Art studio
Program Description:

Irish Theater: Origins and the Contemporary Scene

Dublin, Ireland


Today, Irish theatre is at an unprecedented level of popularity as measured by the number of international tours, productions, and translations of plays worldwide in recent years. Within the Republic and North, established playwrights and new artists are continually creating work with a global impact.  In the early 20th century, W.B. Yeats' and Lady Gregory's Abbey Theatre set the standard for the aspirations of national(ist) theatres around the world as Ireland began producing a lineage of playwrights whose work is celebrated throughout the world.  Despite huge social and cultural changes in the last 15 years, early 21st century Ireland stands poised to continue expanding the scope and influence of this body of work.   

This study abroad program takes advantage of Ireland's rich theatre, literary and historical culture by engaging students in the study and practice of Irish theatre from historical and contemporary contexts.  Students will attend two courses: "Modern and Contemporary Irish Theatre: Culture, Context, Critique" (Charlotte McIvor) and "Applied Acting Techniques" (Christine Nicholson). 

Students will attend 10 plays at theaters such as the Abbey, the Peacock, Project Arts Center, the Gate and Druid as well as participate in visits to numerous historical and cultural sites including the Cork Midsummer Festival, Dublin Writer's Museum and major sites associated with the Irish struggle for independence. 

We will also welcome prominent theatre artists into our classroom for talkbacks and group workshops including Druid Theatre's Casting Director, Maureen Hughes, Barabbas's artistic director, performer and clowning expert Raymond Keane, Irish Modern Dance Theatre's John Scott, and the co-artistic directors of the internationally acclaimed Brokentalkers, Gary Keegan and Feidlim Cannon.  In addition, we will host panel discussions with professionals working in technical design and theatre management and dance.  


June 11 - June 14, 2012 on the UC Berkeley campus
June 17 – July 14, 2012 in Dublin, Ireland

Total Cost**  $5,481 - $6,105

Financial aid is available for UC Berkeley students who are enrolled in at least 6 units during the summer. Please contact the Financial Aid Office for details. All other students should contact the financial aid office at their home institution for more information.

* Program fee includes room, some meals, excursions and other program-related costs. For estimates of these costs, and to discuss how they factor into financial aid, please call Summer Sessions and speak to one of our Study Abroad program advisors.

** Total cost does not include round trip airfare, textbooks, extra meals or personal expenses