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DLI Summer School

The Summer School takes place in UL from Saturday July 22nd to Saturday July 29th 2023.

The course fees are as follows:

  • Residential  (includes tuition, bed, lunch & dinner):
    for DLI members €575   /  for non-members €655
  • Non-Residential  (includes tuition and lunch only):
    for DLI members €350   /  for non-members €375


* Please Note:
All of the courses are fully booked out. The Summer School Committee will be in touch with anyone who has already reserved a place on any of the courses. Please do not make any payment on the website unless advised to do so.

DLI's Summer School Courses

Course A :

Imagine if….

Tutor: Maisie Lee

This course is for beginner actors and those with limited drama experience. Through games, exercises, small group work and scene study we will explore how to activate our imaginations, work as an ensemble, create and embody characters and most importantly have fun and be creative when performing.

Course B:

What Is the Meaning of This!

Tutor: Geoff O'Keeffe

The course participants will consider what a director does from choosing the play, having a vision, finding magic moments, working with actors, and collaborating with the creative team.

Course C:

Training with Purpose, Training with Clarity

Tutor: Ciaran McCauley

In this course, participants will be experiencing a combination of physical and vocal training techniques chosen to ground the actor in this journey, alongside working on group composition and text that will integrate the entirety of the acting experience.

Course D:

Comedy & Tragedy - Playing The Arc

Tutor: Declan Drohan

This course is suitable for actors with some experience, and also of interest to those with an interest in directing.

Course E:

Finding Your Voice, Releasing the Creative Juices

Tutor: Sue Colgrave

This is a workshop for experienced actors and directors. Sessions will look at finding inspiration and fuelling the imagination through a variety of processes.

Course F:

The Director's Tool-kit

Tutor: Conall Morrison

The course will involve an in-depth investigation of skills and techniques involved in creating productions that are fresh, vivid, and rigorously achieved.

Course G:

Taking Well-Appointed Leaps into the Unknown

Tutor: Joy Nesbitt & Thomas Conway

This course will explore approaches to character objectives through elements of performance such as improvisation, scene work, monologue dissection, and games.

Enquiries to Ollie Kenny: Tel: 085 1742044 or


Summer School Director: Ollie Kenny
Committee: Elaine McLoughlin, Christine O’Brien & Willie O’Brien


If you are considering attending Summer School in 2023, why not contact your local County Council Arts Office to check if they are offering bursaries?

Each year, a number of Summer School participants receive a full or partial bursary from their local county council towards their costs. You can find your local Arts Officer on