Theatre Studies: Performance

Theatre Studies Performance Level 5

About The Course

1 Year Full Time Theatre Studies Course
QQI Level 5

The Theatre Performance course has been providing excellence in drama training for over 30 years. The acting courses at Inchicore College are designed to provide a dynamic and empowering approach to acting and musical theatre training for all students interested in a career in professional theatre, film and television.

The courses are delivered by a dedicated and experienced team of tutors who are all active theatre practitioners. The Inchicore College Theatre and Performance Department encompasses courses in Acting, Dance, Stagecraft, Costume Design and Creative Writing and provides a thriving creative atmosphere for students.

The level 5 course is highly practical in nature and the classes are designed to provide students with a solid foundation in the key skills, knowledge and techniques needed progress as an actor. Our students perform regularly in studio presentations as well as mainstage productions.

Head of Theatre Studies: Sharon O’Doherty

On Stage

Level 5 productions include:

  • The Neck by Ciara Elizabeth Smith, Dir Helene Montague
  • The Cherry Orchard by Anotn Chekhov, Dir: Paul Meade
  • The Town of No Return by Lee Coffey, Dir: Helene Montague.
  • Archangel Izzy by Ronan Colfer, Dir: Helene Montague
  • Three Sisters by Anton Chekhov, Dir: Paul Meade
  • Crimson Sails by Lee Coffey, Dir: Helene Montague
  • Acting Skills and Techniques – Stanislavski, Michael Chekhov
  • Voice – Fitzmaurice, Roy Hart, Patsy Rodenburg
  • Classic and Contemporary Theatre Texts
  • Musical Theatre, Singing, dance, audition preparation, improvisation
  • Dance – Classical and Musical Theatre
  • Movement
  • Mime – Etienne Decroux and Marcel Marceau techniques
  • Improvisation
  • Text Analysis
  • Theatre History
  • Music – Basic score reading, general musicianship, scene underscoring
  • Stage Management and Administration

Course content may be revised for educational or organisational reasons.


QQI Theatre Performance 5M5163

Entry Requirements

Minimum Entry Requirements

Leaving Certificate: O6/H7 in 5 subjects including an O6/H7 in English
or Leaving Certificate Applied
or QQI Level 4 or equivalent

Practical relevant experience in Theatre Performance will be considered.

Mature Applicants

Mature applicants who have relevant experience and may not meet the above entry requirements are welcome to apply

Interview and Audition

Admittance to this course is by means of interview and audition. The audition requires two learned monologues from published plays and a song. Candidates may also be asked to participate in a workshop.


Successful graduates progress onto the Level 6 Advanced Performance course at Inchicore College. Our graduates have developed professional careers in many areas of the profession.


Student Stories

Michele Ann Kelly

Michele Ann Kelly

“The atmosphere in the college was relaxed and friendly, and the faculty and extended members of staff were open and supportive throughout my time at ICFE. The subjects on the course gave me a solid grounding in the history of drama which was complemented by the practical (hands-on) learning across acting for theatre and film, script writing and devising for theatre as well as directing techniques.

I completed my diploma with distinctions at ICFE and in August of that same year I began a Master’s Degree in Drama and Theatre Studies at the National University of Ireland, Galway. I have since established a theatre company with NUIG colleagues.”


Recent Theatre Productions

A dynamic and  empowering approach to acting and musical theatre training for all students interested in a career in professional theatre, film and  television.