Druid Academy at NUI Galway

The Druid Academy is a ten-year partnership with NUI Galway that covers a range of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in Drama, Theatre and Performance, as well as PhD research opportunities.

Born out of a vision of Galway as a location for the creation of excellent theatre, teaching in the Druid Academy follows the Druid approach, focusing on ensemble as a mode of performance, rigorous critical analysis of theatre, by both practitioners and audiences, and an awareness of the importance of audience, in a variety of locations: locally, regionally, nationally and internationally.

The partnership sees Druid delivering masterclasses, facilitating access to dress rehearsals, facilitating internships and career pathways, and offering discounted ticket prices. Druid staff work alongside NUIG's Drama and Theatre scholars to provide world-class training in directing, design, playwriting, and many other areas of theatre studies. Máiréad Ní Chróinín is currently Druid’s artist-in-residence at NUIG.

Druid Academy masterclasses cover a range of topics - from casting, to direction, to set design – and complement third-level drama training at NUIG. Masterclasses delivered as part of the Druid Academy have included:

  • Garry Hynes (Adjunct Professor) - Directing
  • Derbhle Crotty - Acting
  • Maureen Hughes - Casting
  • Annabelle Comyn - Directing
  • Mark O’Rowe - Writing
  • Marty Rea - Acting
  • Rory Nolan - Acting
  • Francis O’Connor - Set and Costume Design
  • Doreen McKenna - Costume Design
  • Brian Fenton - Producing
  • James F Ingalls - Lighting