Drama in the Community Level 5

Drama in the Community Level 6

About The Course

1 Year Full Time Drama in the Community Course
QQI Level 6
Course Fees: €400

If you enjoy the Performing Arts and are a patient and fun-loving person who enjoys working in a group setting then you may find a career as a Community Drama Facilitator is for you. Drama and Theatre is so much broader than performance and the employment opportunities therein much are wider than the acting/performance aspect.

The facilitation of drama in the community transcends both the real and digital world of communication and has a rich history across Ireland. Its roots began in Drama/Theatre in Education and various companies today are in operation in Ireland including Rough Magic, Acting Out, Fishamble, Graffiti, a whole network of Youth Theatre and countless individual Drama Practitioners/Facilitators working with community organisations across Ireland.

Community drama projects occur in prisons, hospitals, older persons day centres, schools and community development and support projects to name but a few and work with older people, intellectual disability groups, children, people in rehabilitation, pregnant women, people with mental health issues; indeed the list is endless. Projects focus on self-development, challenging oppression, empowerment, advocacy, giving a voice to the voiceless and may take the form of a limited number of sessions/workshops or longer term projects. There may be a performance or an end product to a Community Drama project but not always as the mantra of Community Drama is strongly about the process and not the product. Your role as a Community Drama Facilitator is to facilitate participants in the planning and running of projects and hold the strings of the project together whilst enabling and empowering participants to find their ’voice’ through active participation.

This course will also enable you to develop key competencies such as existing drama skills, innovation and entrepreneurship through the face-to-face delivery on the course.

Course Director
Howard Lodge

  • Arts In The Community
  • Community Development Practice
  • Community Development Theory
  • Creating Drama
  • Engaging with Drama 
  • Group Work Theory and Practice
  • Leadership
  • Work Experience

Course content may be revised for educational or organisational reasons.


QQI Drama 6M35566

Entry Requirements

Minimum Entry Requirements

QQI Level 5 in Theatre Performance or other related qualifications.

Mature Learners

Mature learners who do not meet the above entry requirements but have related community practical/professional experience are invited to apply.

Applicant Information Meeting

All applicants will be invited to an Applicant Information Meeting

Progression and Career Opportunities


With this award learners can progress to HEI courses at Level 6, 7 and 8 including NCAD, IADT, and TUD. 

Employment and Career Opportunities

Employment and freelancing work as a Community Drama Facilitator or Community Arts Worker in companies, community organisations, statutory and voluntary sector, arts and film festivals.