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About NUI Galway
About NUI Galway
Since 1845, NUI Galway has been sharing the highest quality teaching and research with Ireland and the world. Find out what makes our University so special – from our distinguished history to the latest news and campus developments.
Colleges & Schools
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NUI Galway has earned international recognition as a research-led university with a commitment to top quality teaching across a range of key areas of expertise.
- Research & Innovation
- Business & Industry
- Alumni, Friends & Supporters
At NUI Galway, we believe that the best learning takes place when you apply what you learn in a real world context. That's why many of our courses include work placements or community projects.
The College of Arts, Humanities and Celtic Studies offers a number of undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Drama and Theatre. These include:
- BA in Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies
- BA with Performing Arts Studies
- MA in Drama and Theatre Studies
- MA in Irish Drama and Theatre
- MA in Irish Theatre History and Archives
- MA in Playwriting & Dramaturgy
- MA in Producing and Curation
- MA in Theatre Practice and Production
NUI Galway is an Official Leadership Partner with the Galway International Arts Festival. NUI Galway has partered with the Galway International Arts Festival on the SELECTED Programme, a two-week initiative that allows participants from NUI Galway's MA in Drama and Theatre Studies to immerse themselves in all aspects of the festival. Each year students on the SELECTED programme experience the festival first-hand by working with the GIAF production team on selected productions.
Did you know that our Abbey Theatre archive project is the world’s largest ever theatre digitisation project? The archive contains over 1.8 million items covering 130 years of Irish theatre history.
Each year, our third year BA Connect in Theatre and Performance students stage a production of a new international play as part of the Cúirt festival, directed by Andrew Flynn of Decadent Theatre company.
Through a unique partnership called the Druid Academy, our students have the opportunity to work alongside members of the Druid Theatre Company, enjoying regular workshops and master classes in theatre production, and accessing Druid's performance space. As part of the ten-year partnership, Dr Garry Hynes has taken up the role of Adjunct Professor, while Thomas Conway is Druid Director-in-Residence in the University.
This annual fringe festival includes productions by NUI Galway societies, with several performances in the festival held in venues on campus.
NUI Galway holds the Lyric Theatre's extensive archive, covering over 50 years of this landmark in Irish theatre.
Caomhnaítear cartlann de Thaibhdhearc na Gaillimhe i Leabharlann Shéamais Uí Argadáin, le bailiúchán cuimsitheach ó bhreis is 65 bliain de léiriúcháin. Bhí nasc láidir idir an amharclann agus an Ollscoil ó thús, agus déantar ceiliúradh ar an stair sin sa chartlann.
The archive of An Taibhdhearc is held in the James Hardiman Library, with a comprehensive collection from over 65 years of productions. The University has had a strong link with the theatre from its beginning, and the archive celebrates this legacy.
Other notable archives in the University include:
- Huston Family archive
- Thomas Kilroy archive
- Siobhán McKenna archive
- Shields Family archive
- View more information on our theatre archives here.
NUI Galway proudly hosts this unique series of original plays written, performed and directed by our students. The student playwrights are mentored by professionals in the run-up to the festival, and the final scripts are performed on campus in front of judges. The festival culminates in the Jerome Hynes Award for best production, which is presented by a member of the Hynes family.
Venues & Facilities
O'Donoghue Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance
This black box auditorium seats up to 120, with a fully equipped lighting rig. Find out more about the facilities
Bank of Ireland Theatre
This 70-seat fully-equipped black box theatre is open all year round, and houses productions by DramSoc, theatre students and visiting dance and theatre companies.
This multi-purpose space hosts dance, performance and music events throughout the year. The space can hold up to 150 spectators.
A society for the University's budding comedians and students who simply like to laugh.
DanSoc is aimed at students who want to dance and perform. Students can learn new dance skills through a range of classes, including hip hop, Irish dancing and Zumba.
The aim of DramSoc is to bring people together who have any interest in theatre, whether that be acting, directing, stage managing, costuming, dramaturgy, props, set building, front of house, or simply watching entertaining shows. The society runs a number of workshops, auditions and productions on campus throughout the year, contributing to the University's Múscailt festival, Theatre Week, and the Galway Fringe Festival, among others.
One of the most vibrant societies on campus, the Galway University Musical Society (GUMS) stage high-quality productions of some of the world's favourite musicals, and also discover some hidden gems along the way.